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Corporate InformationEnvironmental Activities

reservation of Ecosystems

For a harmonized society
with nature
Impact on natural capital Minimized

Efforts to Achieve a Harmonized Society with Nature

To adequately preserve the ecosystem and achieve a harmonized society with nature so that we may continue to enjoy nature’s benefits, we have established targets to minimize our impact on natural capital as part of our long-term environmental targets. Specifically, we classify our activities into those that have either a negative or positive impact on natural capital with the aim of minimizing any negative impact by 2050.

We perceive our negative impact activities as including the emission of greenhouse gases and chemical substances into the atmosphere and the generation of waste materials. We make a positive impact, meanwhile, by providing products and services that contribute to ecosystem preservation and by undertaking social contribution activities to protect the environment through the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.

By classifying Hitachi's activities across the value chain into those with positive and negative impact and then quantifying such impact, we are advancing initiatives to reduce our negative impact and maximize our positive impact.

A Timetable for Minimizing Impact

Initiatives to Minimize Impact on Natural Capital

Hitachi has identified and quantified the negative impacts our business activities have on natural capital with the aim of reducing such impacts. In fiscal 2020, we evaluated the impacts using the latest version of an inventory database (IDEA v2*1) that is needed for calculating negative impacts. According to our estimates, approximately 30% of our negative impacts in fiscal 2020 were related to climate change, and 20%, respectively, to ecotoxicity (air), urban air pollution, and resource consumption. With regard to climate change, we will accelerate the pace of our efforts to realize a decarbonized society and a resource efficient society as the impact of our raw materials procurement is becoming apparent in impact assessments regarding ecotoxicity (air), urban air pollution, and resource consumption. Also, we found negative impacts were reduced by 8% in fiscal 2020 from fiscal 2019. To further reduce our environmental load to minimize our impact on natural capital, we will enhance a wide range of activities such as increasing the energy efficiency of our products and services, advancing factory efficiency, using resources more ffectively, and properly managing chemical substances.
As for our positive impact activities, we have been advancing social contribution activities like forest conservation and business activities that directly contribute to ecosystem preservation such as building water treatment plants. We are also looking to quantify the impact of these activities.

IDEAv2:One of Japan’s leading inventory databases which is needed to implement LCAs for calculating negative impacts.
Negative Impact on Natural Capital(FY 2017)