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Toward the Resolution of Global Environmental Issues
Three Environmental Pillars of Our Vision: Prevention of Global Warming, Conservation of Resources, and Preservation of Ecosystems
Our environmental vision describes the aim of our environmental management as "achieving a sustainable society." The world's population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050*1, and worldwide GDP continues to grow. Along with the increase in economic and social activities has come growing demand for energy, water, minerals, and other resources, worsening pollution and environmental problems such as climate change.
To solve these environmental problems and realize a sustainable society where humankind can thrive, we must do everything possible to reduce the burden of human activities on the environment.
We are committed to global warming prevention, resource conservation, and ecosystems preservation as the three pillars of our vision. Our goal is to achieve a more sustainable society by promoting global production that reduces the environmental burden of a product throughout its life cycle. As a milestone on the way to realizing this Environmental Vision, we drew up the long-term plan Environmental Vision 2025, looking ahead to fiscal 2025.
We will help reduce annual CO2 emissions by 100 million tonnes by 2025 through Hitachi products and services for the prevention of global warming.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change*1 (IPCC) concluded in its Fourth Assessment Report that global warming is evident, and that human activities are involved in this warming. The area of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean was the smallest ever recorded in 2012 under the influence of this warming, shrinking by an amount double the size of the Japanese archipelago since 2007, the recorded year for its smallest size in the past.*2 The report further stated that CO2 emissions will have to peak by 2015 and be reduced by 50 to 85 percent of their 2000 levels by the year 2050 in order to meet the minimum stabilized density scenario for greenhouse gases (450 ppm stabilization scenario).
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has drawn up a CO2 emission reduction scenario allocating the amount of reductions for power supply and demand to meet the 450 ppm stabilization scenario. Hitachi conducts business widely in both of these sectors.
World Outlook for Energy-Related CO2 Emissions and Reduction Scenarios
Based on energy-related CO2 emissions in IEA World Energy Outlook 2012
For this reason, the long-term plan Hitachi Group Environmental Vision 2025 targets the prevention of global warming, one of the issues that the world is facing today, and states our goal of helping reduce annual CO2 emissions by 100 million tonnes by 2025 through Hitachi products and services.
This means that as we reduce CO2 emissions through greater efficiency and other means, our contribution to curbing CO2 emissions through the use of our products and services will be 100 million tonnes per year by 2025 compared with the products of the base year, fiscal 2005. The target of 100 million tonnes was calculated based on growth strategies in each business sector. Some 70 percent of the reductions are being targeted in the power sector, 20 percent in the industrial sector, and 10 percent in the transportation, commercial, and residential sectors. To reach these goals, we are working to increase the ratio of our products that are Hitachi Eco-Products, with a reduced burden on the environment. We are expanding business opportunities further by working with partners in global markets.
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