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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.
Hitachi has identified and quantified the negative impact our business activities have on natural capital with the aim of reducing such impact. According to our estimates, approximately 40% of our negative impact in fiscal 2018 was related to climate change, and 20%, respectively, to waste materials, resource consumption, and urban air pollution. These results suggest that we need to further reduce our environmental load to minimize our impact on natural capital, such as by increasing the energy efficiency of our products and services, advancing factory efficiency, using resources more effectively, and properly managing chemical substances. Going forward, we will step up our environmental efforts to achieve our long-term environmental targets for a low-carbon society, a resource efficient society, and a harmonized society with nature.
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.
Click below for more details."Achieving a Harmonized Society with Nature" Hitachi Sustainability Report 2020 (PDF format, 136 Kilobytes)