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As global warming, resource depletion, ecosystem destruction, and other environmental issues grow more serious, companies face increasing demands and expectations to reduce the environmental burden of their business activities.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that limiting global warming “below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels" would require “40 to 70% global anthropogenic GHG emissions reductions by 2050 compared to 2010." The Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—and which came into force in November 2016—set ambitious targets, including a global long-term target of keeping global warming to below 2°C and efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Environmental targets have also been set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015—whose Goal 13 reads: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts."
In the light of these global trends and our own management policy, we created an Environmental Vision to better define the kind of society that Hitachi envisions from a long-term perspective. Our Environmental Vision envisions a low-carbon society; a resource efficient society; a harmonized society with nature. To achieve such a sustainable society, we established a set of long-term environmental targets called Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050.
Hitachi will resolve environmental issues and achieve both a higher quality of life
and a sustainable society through its Social Innovation Business
in collaborative creation with its stakeholders.
Hitachi's resolution looking toward 2050 and 2030
Set environmental action items and targets every 3 years
in order to achieve the long-term targets
We seek to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% compared to fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2050 to realize the drop in global anthropogenic GHG emissions that was deemed necessary in the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. We will attain this target throughout our value chain. First, this will be achieved by decreasing emissions during the usage stage of our products and solutions, which account for a substantial share of emissions in the value chain. We will contribute to our customers and to society by developing innovative technologies and solutions, as well as enhancing the efficiency of our products and supplying low-carbon energy. At the same time, we will also work to cut down on emissions at the production stage of our business activities.
Together with our customers and society, Hitachi will do its utmost through its business operations to help build a society that uses water and other resources efficiently. We will expand circulative uses of water by further advancing the entire range of water treatment technologies involved in water use from seawater desalination and other forms of fresh water generation to sewage treatment.
We also aim to improve our usage efficiency of water and other resources by 50% compared to fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2050. To achieve this target, we will create products that last longer and use less resources, make thoroughgoing efforts to collect and recycle used products, reduce the volume of water used in the production process such as through purification and reuse, and engage in other efforts.
We strive to minimize Hitachi's impact on natural capital, which bestows the benefits of nature on humankind by assessing ecosystem impact and advancing measures to minimize the burden at each stage of Hitachi's value chain. Moreover, we are preserving the ecosystem through our products and services, such as our air and water purification systems and environmental monitoring systems. We also endeavor to minimize the environmental burden of our factories and offices.
The Action Guidelines for Environmental Conservation were drawn up to show the direction of our business management initiatives for environmental protection as we set out to realize our Environmental Vision.