Approach to Materiality in Products and Services
|Supervising division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Office|
|KPI||Percentage of products meeting own green products criteria|
|Material Reasons||Advantest products generate various small and large environmental impacts through their use. Green products, which reduce environmental impact, are important part for us not only because they address environmental issues but also to appeal quality of our products.|
|Boundary||Advantest Group (All sites in Japan, some overseas sites)|
|Relevant policies||Advantest Group Environmental Policy|
|Relevant commitments||We have established voluntary standards for green products which adhere to the ISO14021.|
|Responsible department/division||CSR & Environmental Affairs Promotion Center/Environmental Management Supervisors|
|Relevant complaint processing policy|
Contributing to the sustainable development of society and conducting environmentally-friendly business operations are essential issues that need to be addressed in modern business management. The Advantest Group works to develop products from the perspective of environmental conservation while prioritizing high precision and high quality, and certifies as green products those products that are environmentally-friendly in terms of the three key aspects of energy and resource saving, improving recyclability, and elimination of hazardous substances. There is demand in society for the supply of green products because they provide both a reduction in the environmental footprint and an improvement in economic value. The Advantest Group is developing green products in response to these demands and based on the belief that these products will be beneficial for its customers.
Development Flow of Green Products
At the Advantest Group, all new products undergo a product environmental assessment.
During the product environmental assessment, products are assessed from various aspects, including energy-saving, reducing components, size reduction, recyclable design, and elimination of hazardous substances. Products that meet the Voluntary Standards for Green Products defined by Advantest are certified as green products and are awarded with an Eco Label (type II).
Development flow of green products
Advantest Group Eco Label
The Advantest Group Eco Label features an original three-color design representing energy and resource saving, recyclable design, and elimination of hazardous substances through green procurement.
- Energy saving design
- Reducing component design
- Size reduction design
- Design with recyclable plastic materials
- Design for ease of dismantling
- Release of information on disposal
- Improved rates of green procurement
- Elimination of banned substances
Energy and Resource Saving
We aim to reduce the environmental impact of our products through product designs with energy savings, reducing components, and size reduction.
The reduction rate of energy against conventional products has been set to a standard of at least 20% for measurement instruments and at least 10% for other products such as handlers and nanotech products.
We have also set a reduction rate of at least 10% in the same way for components and miniaturization for all of our products.
In recyclable design, we release information on parts that will require special attention during disposal, and plastic parts designed in-house use 90% or more recyclable materials. Moreover, we make sure that products are easy to dismantle with standard tools, and we use rechargeable batteries displaying a recycling symbol.
Elimination of hazardous substances (Green Procurement)
To eliminate hazardous substances from our products, we have established Group standards on banned substances based on the IEC 62474 standard, and we conduct surveys of hazardous substances contained in parts and materials used in our products. Advantest is building a response system for some of its products and eliminating relevant chemical substances using the results of this survey because these chemical substances are regulated by the RoHS directive as of July 2017.
In addition, there have been no emissions of gases such as PFCs due to our products because these products are testing instruments for semiconductors and not manufacturing products.
Green Products Certified During Fiscal 2017
We supplied the following products, which were certified as green products in fiscal 2017.
- T5822 Memory Test System
- T5822ES Memory Test System
- Thermal Hand Plug Unit M4871ES (Tri Temp)
- HA7300 Temperature and Pressure Unit
|New Product model||Versus previous product||Energy efficiency
components rate (%)
size rate (%)
|M4871ES (Tri Temp)||M4871ES (Dual Temp)||76||70||84|
Note: The reduction rates given above are the values resulting from the performance conversion.
Introducing One of Advantest's Green Products
HA7300 test cell
HA7300 test cell
The latest automobiles demand high environmental as well as safe and reliable performance. Better functionality and performance is necessary for highly precise and highly reliable vehicle sensors. The HA7000 test cell series provides test cells offering high-speed, high-accuracy testing for a wide range of vehicle sensors.
Moreover, building small-size systems which are as compact as the various sensors eliminates the need for large furnaces used in conventional tests as well as other equipment. Supporting minimum investment such as a broad product line-up and adaptability to production volume also allows dramatic energy savings and optimization (down-scaling) of equipment.
The HA7300 test cell provides a high-speed, high-precision temperature and pressure test environment to test pressure-difference sensors by adopting a temperature impression part unique to Advantest that is able to control temperature of eight units simultaneously as well as a newly developed 2-port pressure controller and pressure impression nozzle.
Compared to the conventional HA7200 series, the HA7300 series succeeds in 32% performance-based miniaturization of test cells, 42% reduction of components and a 39% reduction of energy.
Environmental Contributions of Green Products
Green products from the Advantest Group contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden by achieving energy savings, resource conservation, and miniaturization compared to conventional products. We have learned the greatest environmental impact of the primary products from the Advantest Group such as testers and handlers is made up of the electric power consumption on customer sites, which makes up 97% of the electric power consumption, based on the LCA results.
The energy savings for Advantest green products contributes greatly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) compared to conventional products. This reduction data is only for this fiscal year, but our B-to-B products are generally used for upwards of 10 years, which we believe will have an even greater impact on reducing the environmental load.
Examples of Effective Reductions to CO2 Emissions via Green Products
The T5821 (green product certified in fiscal 2016) sold in fiscal 2017 provided annual reductions of GHG emissions (estimate)
* The amount of reductions given above are the values resulting from the performance conversion.
Note: Calculation Method of Reductions in Greenhouse Gases
CO2 Reduction (kg/Year) =
Conventional Product Power (kW) × Energy Efficiency of New Products × Number of New Products Sold (Units/Year) × Annual Hours of Operation × CO2 Calculation Coefficient (kg/kWh)