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Overview of Environmental Accounting

Hitachi has adopted and made public a set of environmental accounting procedures conforming to the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005. We have used the results of these procedures to raise the efficiency of our environmental investments and activities, more effectively allocating management resources to our ongoing environmental efforts.

Achievements

Environmental Investments, Environmental Protection Costs, and Economic Effects

Graph of Environmental Investments, Environmental Protection Costs, and Economic Effects (Click the link below for this data in table format.)

Fiscal 2016 Environmental Investments by Countermeasure

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Environmental Investments

(billions of yen)

Environmental Investments
Description FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Total investment Investment in energy-saving equipment and equipment that directly reduces environmental load 5.28 5.81 4.46 7.50 5.12

Environmental Protection Costs

(billions of yen)

Environmental Protection Costs
Item Description FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Expenses Business area Maintenance costs for equipment with low environmental load, depreciation, etc.*1 31.84 38.63 26.90 24.22 19.19
Upstream/downstream Green procurement expenses, recovery and recycling of products and packaging, recycling expenses 1.38 1.27 1.09 0.97 0.63
Administration Labor costs for environmental management, implementation and maintenance of environmental management system 7.67 6.77 6.47 5.97 5.12
Research and development R&D to reduce environmental burden caused by products and production processes, product design expenses 84.71 75.62 76.12 75.71 79.64
Social activities Planting, beautification, and other environmental improvement expenses 0.41 0.51 0.36 0.45 1.21
Environmental remediation Environmental mitigation costs, contributions, and charges 1.90 0.53 1.03 0.27 0.22
Total 127.91 123.33 111.97 107.59 105.84
*1
Equipment depreciation costs are calculated using the straight-line method over five years.

Environmental Protection Effects

Economic Effects*1

(billions of yen)

Economic Effects
Item Major FY 2016 Activities FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Net income effects Recovering value from waste by sorting and recycling 17.85 15.98 7.54 7.27 4.96
Reduced expenses effects Installing high-efficiency equipment (lighting, power supply) 12.07 9.82 7.65 6.78 7.77
Total 29.92 25.80 15.19 14.05 12.72
*1
Economic effects include:
  • Net income effects: Benefits with real incomes, including incomes from the sale of resalable materials and incomes from environmental technology patents.
  • Reduced expenses effects: Reduction in electricity, waste treatment, and other expenses through environmental load reduction activities.

Physical Effects*1

(million kWh)

Physical Effects
Item Major FY 2016 Activities FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Reduction in energy used during production Installing LED lighting, upgrading air-conditioning equipment, etc. 107 70 68 59 51
*1
Equipment depreciation costs are calculated using the straight-line method over five years.

Environmental Liability

We have appropriated 10.05 billion yen in expenses for the disposal of PCB-containing waste and 1.57 billion yen to clean up contaminated soil as the amounts that we can reasonably project as of March 2017 as future environmental liabilities.

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