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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
The quest for a comfortable life has led humankind to create a society based on convenience. However, environmental problems have surfaced, such as climate change, resource depletion, and ecosystem destruction. To realize a materialcycle society in harmony with the earth, we must share our vision and promote environmental conservation.
We have created an environmental vision to achieve a more sustainable society by promoting global production that reduces the environmental burden of a product throughout its life cycle. We have formulated Environmental Vision 2025, a long-term plan placing priority on preventing global warming, and we are conducting our business activities accordingly.
To realize our Environmental Vision, we promote activities in accord with the Hitachi Action Guidelines for Environmental Conservation. These guidelines are based on the corporate credo of contributing to society through the development of superior, original technology and products as stated in the Standards of Corporate Conduct.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN panel assessing and advising on the causes and effects of climate change, concluded in its Fourth Assessment Report that CO2 emissions must 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).
World Outlook for Energy-Related CO2 Emissions and Reduction Scenarios
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has drawn up a CO2 emission reduction scenario allocating the amount of reductions for power supply and demand. Hitachi is widely conducting business in both of these sectors. For this reason, the long-term 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-by improving the environmental efficiency of Hitachi Group products and by 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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