Toshiba Medical Systems UK reduced its paper waste by 18 metric tons since fiscal year 2006-2007, switched to bran foam — a packaging material made primarily of starch that is harmless to the environment — and reduced its electricity use to 63,145 kWh in fiscal year 2011-12, a 55 percent cut from five years before.
The company also reduced the CO2 emissions from its fleet of vehicles by 340 metric tons over the past five years.
The reduction in electricity, which is equivalent to offsetting about 170 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, is one of several steps the company has made in a bid to achieve zero waste to landfill by the end of 2014 and improve the environmental footprint of its headquarters in Crawley, West Sussex.
Toshiba made a number of upgrades to cut its electricity use and improve the energy efficiency of its headquarters. For instance, the company insulated the ceiling of its headquarters building, which was erected in the 1980s. It also programmed air-handling systems to improve energy efficiency, replaced its gas boilers and installed LED lighting along with motion sensors to ensure lights would only be operational when needed.
The company also continues to work to meet ISO 14001, the international standard related to environmental management that helps organizations minimize how their operations negatively affect the surrounding landscape. Toshiba UK achieved certification to ISO 14001 in 2007. Its parent company in Japan gained certification in the 1990s.
Another subsidiary, Toshiba America Business Solutions, last month developed a multifunction product that incorporates an erasable toner, allowing the reuse of paper and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 57 percent. The British Standards Institute, a global national standards organization, has validated the device’s CO2 emission claims, Toshiba says.
The company continues to provide customers free toner recycling through its zero-waste-to-landfill toner partnership with Close the Loop. In addition to accepting its own toner, Toshiba accepts any other brand of spent toner cartridges.