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Hitachi's Aims

The world's population, which was 7.3 billion in 2015, is projected to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050 and to 11.2 billion by 2100.*1 Global GDP is also continuing to expand—led by emerging economies—aggravating a host of environmental problems, including global warming caused by higher CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption, the depletion of resources due to increased demand, and ecosystem destruction. Global-scale efforts are being made to develop approaches that lighten the burden on the environment so that a prosperous planet can be passed on to future generations.

Hitachi strives to achieve a more sustainable society by addressing environmental problems, which pose a major challenge for society, based on its corporate mission of contributing to society through the development of superior, original technology and products.

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According to World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, published by the United Nations.

Main Plans and Results

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Main Plans and Results
Policies FY 2015 goals/plans Results in FY 2015 Achievement level FY 2016 goals/plans
  • Expansion of Hitachi Eco-Product lineup (through fiscal 2015)
  • Improvement in environmental performance of products and services (from fiscal 2016)
  • Achieve Eco-Product sales ratio of 90%
  • Achieved Eco-Product sales ratio of 95%
達成
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from use of products and services by 30% (compared to fiscal 2010)
  • Promotion of improved energy efficiency in factories and offices
  • Reduce energy use per unit by 15%
  • Reduced energy use per unit by 16%
達成
  • Reduce energy use per unit by 15% (compared to fiscal 2005)

Promoting Environmental Management

Hitachi's Approach

Hitachi faces a broad range of challenges regarding its products and services, such as reducing carbon emissions and improving resource efficiency across the value chain. At the same time, given the expectations of society, innovations that help resolve environmental issues present major business opportunities.

Guided by our Environmental Vision, we have formulated a set of long-term environmental targets called Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 to guide our environmental initiatives from a broader and longer-term perspective. The Environmental Action Plan for 2018 lays out specific activity areas and improvement targets for achieving our Environmental Vision and long-term environmental targets. Aligning this with the 2018 Mid-term Management Plan, we will promote Group-wide efforts to achieve the targets set forth in the Environmental Action Plan, thereby practicing environmental management in a manner that meets the expectations of society.

Enhancing Environmental Management on an Ongoing Basis

Hitachi's Approach

To lay the groundwork for strategic environmental management, the Hitachi Group needs to establish and continuously improve systems to reduce the environmental burden of its business operations. Based on a number of certifications and guidelines, including ISO 14001, we have developed Group-wide environmental management systems that allow us to gauge the environmental burden of our business activities and steadily implement a PDCA (plan, do, check, act) cycle to reduce that burden. We also have in place a global environmental management framework, under which we evaluate our environmental activities and keep close track of our environmental performance.

Responding to Environmental Risks and Opportunities

Hitachi's Approach

From abnormal weather conditions around the world associated with global warming to resource depletion and loss of biodiversity, environmental risks that could seriously affect the future of humanity and our planet are on the rise. International calls are being made for measures to mitigate these risks, as exemplified by the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations. Businesses, too, must accurately ascertain the risks they face and the opportunities that arise for the utilization of management resources.

Hitachi focuses on two particular environmental risks and opportunities—climate change and water resources—and promotes initiatives to address them in a steadfast manner.

Reducing the Environmental Burden of Our Business Operations (Fiscal 2015 Results)

Hitachi's Approach

We systematically promote efforts to reduce the environmental burden of our business activities while adhering to a PDCA cycle in line with our Group-wide environmental management system. The targets and achievements of these efforts are consolidated into our Environmental Action Plan, based on which we strive for continuous improvements in priority areas.

The Environmental Action Plan for 2013 to 2015 encompassed many themes, such as promoting Eco-Products, reducing CO2 emissions, and using resources efficiently. Three years of improvement activities were concluded in fiscal 2015 with many positive results. In fiscal 2016 we are moving on to the Environmental Action Plan for 2018. We will further engage in environmental activities under the plan, not only taking into account the achievements made over the previous three years but also incorporating a more global perspective.

Preserving Ecosystems

Hitachi's Approach

Various forms of development accompanying economic growth and urbanization around the world have led to environmental degradation and pollution, the overuse of natural resources, and threats to biodiversity. Hitachi believes that preserving ecosystems for diverse living organisms is vital to ensuring that biodiversity—a precious asset—will remain intact for future generations. We are reducing the burden on the ecosystem from the perspective of the entire life cycle of products and striving to produce things in a way that does not damage the ecosystem. We are also promoting Group-wide activities that contribute to preserving ecosystems.

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