Toshiba Group has devised a unique eco-efficiency indicator, Factor T, named after the initial "T" of Toshiba. "Factor" is a term used for indicating the degree of improvement of eco-efficiency. For instance, Factor 10 is a well-known concept calling for a tenfold increase in resource productivity or, in other words, a tenfold increase in eco-efficiency.
With Factor T, Toshiba has introduced an eco-efficiency concept taking into account not only the environmental impact but also the value of a product. The value of a product is calculated by evaluating the product’s functions and performance based on the voice of customer.
The environmental impact of a product is calculated by summing all the environmental impacts attributable to the product throughout its life cycle from procurement of raw materials to manufacturing, distribution, consumption and final disposal.
Since the introduction of the Factor T concept for products in 2003, Toshiba Group has been working to expand the range of environmentally conscious products (ECPs). By early 2008, factors had been calculated for 80% of all products. The Toshiba Group will further strive to have all products covered by 2010.
For more information Factor T