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Together with our customers and society, Hitachi will work through its business operations to help build a society that uses water and other resources efficiently. We have set a target of improving the usage efficiency of water and other resources by 50% compared to fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2050. We will create higher economic value using less water and other resources and pursue production activities with a low environmental burden.
We will build a water efficient society by enhancing the efficiency of water usage and responding to water shortages. With regard to the former, we began setting reduction targets for water usage in fiscal 2006 and have been undertaking initiatives to meet those targets. As a further step, we have established a long-term environmental target for fiscal 2050 to improve water use per unit by 50% compared to fiscal 2010 levels.
To address water shortages at Hitachi factories and offices, we are investigating water risks at approximately 200 Hitachi business sites around the world based on publicly available water stress maps. Going forward, we will plan and execute additional usage reduction measures based on the findings of the water risk assessments.
The shortage of water is also a global social concern, and we have delivered wastewater recycling systems and desalination systems for use in different sectors and to meet a variety of needs for customers both in and outside Japan. We will further develop our technologies to address the needs and concerns of our customers in contributing to improving the water usage environment around the world.
We will build a society that uses resource efficiently by enhancing efficiency in the use of resources and promoting the reduction and recycling of waste materials.
With regard to the former, while we have long been advancing efforts to reduce the generation of waste and valuables, we have established a long-term target for fiscal 2050 to improve waste generation per unit by 50% compared to fiscal 2010 levels. We will create products that use less resources and last longer to make the most of finite natural resources.
As for waste reduction and recycling, we will seek to reduce waste materials generated during production. For reusable waste and scrap, we will use them through closed-loop recycling.
In our business operations, we will advance the development of new technologies to further promote the efficient use of resources, including through refurbishing*1 and remanufacturing*2