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Corporate InformationCSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Hitachi is pressing forward with activities in accordance with its Action Guidelines for Environmental Conservation in order to achieve its Environmental Vision and its Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 long-term environmental targets. Toward this end, we are steadily promoting environmental activities through the implementation and sustained improvements of the detailed environmental initiatives and targets set forth in our Environmental Action Plan. To give our environmental strategy a more prominent role in our management strategy, we revise the Environmental Action Plan every three years to align it with the Mid-term Management Plan for the Hitachi Group.

In keeping with the 2018 Mid-term Management Plan, which begins in fiscal 2016, we have formulated the Environmental Action Plan for 2018 with a view to further reinforcing our environmental activities from a global perspective. We will advance our environmental activities over the next three years through fiscal 2018 under this plan.

Environmental Action Plan for 2018: Targets

Under the Environmental Action Plan for 2018, the following main targets have been established for fiscal 2016, which is the first year of the plan, and fiscal 2018, the final year.

Management

Management
Items Indicators Fiscal 2016 targets Final fiscal year (2018) targets
Strengthen global environmental management Voluntary implementation of environmental monitoring by business units and Group companies at overseas business sites (implementing sites/total targeted) 20% 80% or higher (cumulative total)
Raise the level of environmental activities Green points (GPs) under the GREEN21-2018 environmental activity index 240 GPs 480 GPs

Products and Services

Products and Services
Item Indicator Fiscal 2016 target Final fiscal year (2018) target
Improve environmental performance Rate of reduction in CO2 emissions from use of products and services (base: FY 2010) 30% 40%

Factories and Offices: Prevent Global Warming

Factories and Offices: Prevent Global Warming
Item Indicator Fiscal 2016 target Final fiscal year (2018) target
Reduce energy use Reduction in energy use per unit (base: FY 2005) 15% 17%

Factories and Offices: Use Resources Efficiently

Factories and Offices: Use Resources Efficiently
Items Indicators Fiscal 2016 targets Final fiscal year (2018) targets
Reduce waste generation Reduction in waste and valuables generation per unit (base: FY 2005) 12% 14%
Enhance efficiency of water usage Reduction in water use per unit (base: FY 2005) 23% 27%

Factories and Offices: Manage Chemical Substances

Factories and Offices: Manage Chemical Substances
Item Indicator Fiscal 2016 target Final fiscal year (2018) target
Reduce emissions of chemical substances Reduction in atmospheric emissions of chemical substances per unit (base: FY 2006) 34% 36%

Ecosystem Preservation

Ecosystem Preservation
Item Indicator Fiscal 2016 target Final fiscal year (2018) target
Contribute to ecosystem preservation New ecosystem preservation activities implemented 30 600

Partnership with Stakeholders

Partnership with Stakeholders
Item Indicator Fiscal 2016 target Final fiscal year (2018) target
Make social contributions through environmental activities Activities implemented in such areas as environmental education, information exchange, ecosystem preservation through afforestation, etc., community contribution through cleanup projects, etc., campaigns to turn off lighting, and community energy-saving activities 800 2,400 (cumulative total)

Products and Services

Hitachi will launch new initiatives in fiscal 2016 to help address environmental issues through the development and popularization of products and services of high environmental value.

Until now, we have been promoting the development and expansion of environmentally conscious Eco-Products. To turn environmental value into the creation and expansion of business opportunities, however, it is important to indicate more clearly how this leads to added value for our customers. This is why the Environmental Action Plan now calls for improvements in the environmental performance of Hitachi products and services. The reduction rate of CO2 emissions from the use of our products and services and the reduction rate of resource use over the life cycle of products and services are now used as indicators for achieving both functional improvements and reduced environmental burden in products and services. We now seek to achieve a target of a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2018 for products that contribute highly to the resolution of environmental issues.

Thanks to the use of the Assessment for DfE (Design for Environment) to evaluate the conformity of our products and services with standards for environmentally conscious design, moreover, the percentage of Eco-Product sales in total product sales exceeded 95% in fiscal 2015. This is an indication that the initiative for environmentally conscious Eco-Products has sufficiently taken root. To take our environmental considerations to an even higher level, we have formulated a new Environmentally Conscious Design Assessment based on the IEC 62430*1 international standard. Beginning in fiscal 2016, we will carry out Environmentally Conscious Design Assessment on products and services involving a design process in our design and development activities.

*1
The standard developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission concerning environmentally conscious design for electrical and electronic products.

Factories and Offices

Hitachi engages in efforts to reduce the environmental burden of its operations through the efficient use of energy and resources in the production process. We have created key performance indicators (KPIs) for energy usage, as well as to gauge our operational efficiency in terms of improved ratios of waste volume, water usage, and atmospheric emissions of chemical substances per unit, and are systematically working to achieve our targets while regularly monitoring our progress in each of these areas.

In addition to continued efforts encouraging factories and offices to have a high level of environmental consciousness, the Environmental Action Plan for fiscal 2016 to 2018 includes new targets reflecting emerging social concerns. By setting these targets, we aim to promote manufacturing activities with less environmental burden on a global basis.

With respect to the target of mitigating global warming, we will curb CO2 generation by installing more energy-efficient equipment and increase renewable energy use. To meet the target of making more effective use of resources, and address environmental problems caused by natural resource depletion and waste materials, we will work to reduce the volume and promote the recycling of waste generated by our business activities, thereby contributing to the formation of a resource-efficient society. To deal with water-associated risks, meanwhile, we will increase the efficiency of water usage by gaining an accurate grasp of current conditions and enhancing water risk management. And for the target of appropriate management of chemical substances, we will minimize emissions of substances that affect humans and ecosystems by improving production processes and switching to alternative substances. At companies that have newly joined the Hitachi Group, we will reduce their environmental burden and promote environmentally conscious production by sharing these goals with them and applying the goals to their operations.

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