Social problems such as energy shortages, resource depletion and climate change are intensifying on a global scale. There is a need to responsibly manage this global crisis by doing the right thing through a more sustainable and inclusive practice.
Like many other countries, India too is facing challenges on the climate change and sustainable development front. With advancement in urbanization and industrialization, India is promoting measures to handle air and water pollution and build a sustainable economy as its population grows.
Toshiba has been working with India for almost 60 years now. Toshiba’s management believes in the philosophy, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future." With this motivation, Toshiba has partnered with India to tackle the challenges head-on and provide countermeasures based on technology through its business activities.
From establishing its first representative office in India in 1963 to establishing first Japan India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) certification for TTDI Skill Development Center in 2021, Toshiba has a come a long way in building a strong partnership with India to develop a robust energy infrastructure for country’s exponential growth.
The Toshiba Group has successfully aligned itself with the Indian government’s flagship programs, “Make in India” and “Export from India”. Toshiba Group has made India a hub for manufacturing and export base, and currently provides thousands of jobs in India.
Toshiba has been providing highly reliable services and state-of-the-art technologies that contribute to solving social issues that the country is facing.
In 2001, Toshiba founded first 100% subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation in India – Toshiba India Pvt. Ltd., headquartered in Delhi. Since then, Toshiba has provided complete solutions for several Hydro Electric Power projects like India’s largest capacity pumped storage plant for WBSEDCL – Purulia 4x225 MW, Micro Hydro Project for Municipal Corporation in Pune – Naidu STP 1x50 KW and more.
In 2014, Toshiba made a full-scale entry into India’s T&D market by establishing Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd. (TTDI) and announced social infrastructure strategy grounded in expansion from India to the World.
Toshiba then made a USD 30 million investment in TTDI to boost capacity with new production lines at its Hyderabad facility. The same year, Toshiba entered the Indian water and wastewater treatment industry by acquiring minority stake in an established Indian company.
In 2016, Toshiba established new Transmission & Distribution products manufacturing lines at TTDI in Hyderabad.
TTDI supplied Made-in-India UHV transformers to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) in Andhra Pradesh and also shipped first indigenous super-critical Steam Turbine Generator for NTPC unit in Kudgi, Karnataka.
In 2016, TDDI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Power to reduce electricity distribution losses.
Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems (India) Private Limited has been using biomass boilers to reduce CO2 generated from its plants. The company burns 2,236 tons of biomass fuel using cotton waste in boilers installed in the premises, and uses the generated heat source for thermostatic ovens used in the manufacturing process. In addition, the company has been implementing comprehensive environment
management activities, including the monitoring of flora and fauna in the premises and awareness raising activities for its employees as part of biodiversity conservation activities and composting leftover food of approximately 5,000 persons to green the plants as part of waste reduction efforts.
Notably, India has the world's second-largest population, but just 4% of its potable water. Nearly 600 million Indians face high to extreme water stress, and by 2030, the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, pointing toward severe water scarcity.
India is home and headquarters of Toshiba’s several projects in clean energy and social infrastructure sectors like Toshiba Water Solutions, which provides water treatment and wastewater solutions worldwide. Under the Indian government's “Clean Ganga” initiative, Toshiba is involved in projects in three states, for the construction of nine sewage treatment plants.
Flooding risk is increasing in urban areas due to localized torrential rains as well as decreasing land areas where stormwater is infiltrated due to urbanization.
Toshiba, effectively uses IT systems and forecast stormwater dynamics to accurately observe the constantly changing rain conditions.
Toshiba Group contributed to the safer drainage of stormwater and improvement in water quality discharged into combined sewer systems while comprehensively managing and operating sewage treatment plants, pump stations and stormwater reservoirs located in different areas.
In 2016, TWS commissioned first Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) project for Automotive Industry at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh – Effluent Treatment Plant 210 Kilo Liters per Day (KLD).
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals with accompanying targets and indicators that provide a powerful inspiration for improving our world by laying out where we collectively need to go, and how to get there. The SDGs call for worldwide joint action amongst governments, businesses, and communities to create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, and to ensure the planet's sustainability by 2030.
The Government of India has actively participated in contributing to the SDGs with initiatives like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Smart Cities Mission, the Namami Gange Mission, etc.
Toshiba is also a leading company globally providing safe, energy-efficient, world-class building solutions that support sustainable urban development. To support the urban development with lower environmental impacts, Toshiba is offering energy-efficient and environment friendly elevator products, which meet India’s requirements for environmentally conscious products and the updated voluntary environmental performance standards.
In 2018, Suzuki, Toshiba and Denso founded joint venture company TDS Lithium-Ion Battery Gujarat Private Limited (TDSG) for production of automotive lithium-ion-battery packs in India. The versatile performance of SCiB™ is demonstrated not only in cars, but also by a wide range of applications that include electric buses and ferries. The SCiB™ has been promoting green transportation in India.
India has pledged to mitigate its carbon footprint under the Paris Agreement. And in Japan, Prime Minister Suga has announced the aim of realizing a carbon-neutral, carbon-free society by 2050.
Recently, Toshiba has integrated sustainability communications function into a newly established Sustainability Management Division that directly reports to CEO to accelerate company-wide initiatives on Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) activities.
According to Toshiba Group’s Environmental Future Vision 2050, Toshiba has plans to expand investment in energy-saving equipment and the use of renewable energy, leveraging their technologies to create products and services that contribute to greenhouse gas reductions, and promoting businesses that involve climate change adaptation measures.
Toshiba promotes biodiversity conservation by working on protecting the ecosystem by monitoring flora and fauna in the premises and encouraging animals to migrate to the premises. By posting pictures of flora and fauna taken through the process of monitoring, the company also promote awareness raising among employees.
Last year, Toshiba JSW Power Systems Pvt. Ltd. (TJPS) forayed into the digital and cyber physical world by offering various IOT solutions with state-of-art technologies and processes in maintenance, renovation & modernization of thermal plants, and in upgrading critical turbine components to improve efficiency and reduce related CO2 emissions.
Recently, Toshiba Group celebrated India's great progress since its independence and reiterated its commitment to support the government's initiatives of "Make-in-India" and "Clean India" through their energy and infrastructure businesses, and to contribute to the development of India for a new day.