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Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050, which specifies Hitachi’s long-term environmental targets, sets the goal of achieving carbon neutrality at business sites (factories and offices) by fiscal 2030. Representing a shift from the previous target of reducing CO2 emissions at Hitachi business sites by 50% from fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2030, to in effect a 100% reduction, the Hitachi Group has now set its sights on achieving carbon neutrality.
Three sites of the Hitachi High-Tech group already achieved carbon neutrality in fiscal 2020. The sites took several steps to make their cumulative operations carbon neutral. They systematically introduced or upgraded to high-efficiency equipment, operated facilities at optimal energy efficiency, switched to lower carbon-emitting fuels, and introduced electricity generated from renewable sources only for those operations where emissions could not be reduced.
Even after this achievement, the sites continue to focus on conserving energy, taking further steps such as improving the efficiency of their manufacturing processes.
Business Sites That Achieved Carbon Neutrality in Fiscal 2020
At the nine sites listed below, all the electricity used came from renewable sources. The sites include the three Hitachi High-Tech Group sites that achieved carbon neutrality in fiscal 2020, as well as six Hitachi Group sites in the United States and Europe. In fiscal 2020, the entire Hitachi Group used a total of 116,211 MWh of electricity from renewable energy sources, approximately three times the amount used in fiscal 2019. This is the equivalent of 2.6% of the Hitachi Group’s total electricity consumption.
|Hitachi Computer Products (America)||1 site||12,056 MWh (wind power)|
|Hitachi Rail Italy||3 sites||27,813 MWh (hydroelectric power, etc.)|
|Hitachi Astemo (UK and Germany)||2 sites||3,635 MWh (hydroelectric power, etc.)|
|Hitachi High-Tech Group||3 sites||11,809 MWh (hydroelectric and wind power)|
Various Hitachi Group sites are also installing power generation equipment fueled by solar power, wind power, and other renewable energy sources. In fiscal 2020, the entire Hitachi Group generated a total of 22,000 MWh, a 20% increase over fiscal 2019. This is the equivalent of 0.5% of the Hitachi Group’s total electricity consumption.