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Striving to Increase Environmental Value

Hitachi aims to achieve a decarbonized society, a resource efficient society, and a harmonized society with nature under its Environmental Vision.
To this end, we strive to achieve the long-term environmental targets of Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 not just within Hitachi itself but across our entire value chain.
Additionally, we support the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and are actively advancing our efforts to clarify and disclose information on climate-related risks and opportunities.

WhyWhy it matters

Hitachi’s corporate credo is to “contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products.” We seek solutions to environmental issues, which are of serious concern to society, through our business operations and promote environmental management from a long-term perspective. Meeting society’s expectations with innovations that mitigate environmental issues also presents major business opportunities.

Hitachi’s Environmental Vision states that “Hitachi will resolve environmental issues and achieve both a higher quality of life and a sustainable society through its Social Innovation Business in collaborative creation with its stakeholders.” To uphold this vision and work toward achieving a decarbonized society, a resource efficient society, and a harmonized society with nature, we have established a set of long-term environmental targets looking toward 2030 and 2050 called Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050, and have been promoting Group-wide environmental activities in line with our Environmental Action Plan, which is updated every three years. To help build a decarbonized society, we aim to achieve carbon neutrality at our business sites (factories and offices) by fiscal 2030 and throughout our value chain by fiscal 2050.

Relevant SDGs

  • 7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
  • 9 INDUSTRY,INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • 12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
  • 13 CLIMATE ACTION

Advancing Our Environmental Vision and Long-Term Environmental Targets

In response to the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in 2016 we established a set of long-term environmental targets under the banner of Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 and have been working toward achieving them.

Environmental Governance

WhatWhat we are doing

  • Enhancing environmental governance
  • Enhancing environmental management system
  • Reducing environmental burdens through “Eco-Factories & Offices Select” certification
  • Implementing environmental education for employees
  • Ensuring environmental compliance

HowHow we are doing it

Policy and promotion structure

Important items related to environmental initiatives are deliberated by the Executive Sustainability Committee which is chaired by the executive chairman and CEO of Hitachi, Ltd. and attended by top Hitachi executives, and environmental activities are implemented.

Achievements in Fiscal 2020

Enhance environmental governance/environmental management system Registered data from about 1,000 business sites in 63 countries in the Environmental Data Collection System (Eco-DS) to estimate environmental load
A total score of 223 GPs in the GREEN 21 evaluation of our Environmental Action Plan
“Eco-Factories & Offices Select” certification Under “Eco-Factories & Offices Select,” of our approximately 1,000 facilities, recorded 13 new certifications, and 57 renewed certifications (total certified facilities: 70)
Environmental human capital development Rolled out Introduction to Sustainability e-learning materials for general education globally
Voluntary environmental audits Implementation rate of voluntary environmental audits of business sites outside Japan by business units and Group companies (number of sites audited/number of sites): 34%

Achieving a Decarbonized Society

WhatWhat we are doing

  • Expanding the decarbonization business
  • Improving the environmental performance of products and services through Environmentally Conscious Design Assessments
  • Reducing CO2 emissions and achieving carbon neutrality at business sites (factories and offices)
  • Introducing the Hitachi Internal Carbon Pricing (HICP) framework
  • Introducing renewable energy

HowHow we are doing it

Long-term environmental targets

  • Achieve carbon neutrality throughout our value chain by fiscal 2050 and reduce CO2 emissions 50% by fiscal 2030 (compared to fiscal 2010)
  • Achieve carbon neutrality at business sites (factories and offices) by fiscal 2030

Achievements in Fiscal 2020

Reduction of CO2 emissions Reduction rate of CO2 emissions per unit of products and services: 20%
Reduction rate of CO2 emissions per unit at business sites (factories and offices): 1.4%
Promotion of the HICP framework Implemented investment in energy-saving equipment in 22 cases totaling ¥250 million through HICP
Introduce Renewable Energy Tripled the previous fiscal year’s use of electricity from renewable sources

Achieving a Resource Efficient Society

WhatWhat we are doing

  • Building a water efficient society
  • Responding to water risks
  • Building a society that uses resources efficiently
  • Transitioning to a circular economy

HowHow we are doing it

Long-term environmental targets

  • Build a society that uses water and other resources efficiently with customers and society
  • 50% improvement of efficiency in use of water/resources by fiscal 2050 (compared to fiscal 2010 in the Hitachi Group)

Achievements in Fiscal 2020

Reduction of water use per unit Reduction rate in water use per unit: 24%
Respond to water risks · Revised our Water Risk Guidelines
· Promoted measures based on water risk survey results
Build a society that uses resources efficiently · Promoted recycling activities for each product
Reduction of waste and valuables generation per unit Reduction rate in waste and valuables generation per unit: 14%

Achieving a Harmonized Society with Nature

WhatWhat we are doing

  • Promoting initiatives to minimize impact on natural capital
  • Managing chemical substances in products
  • Managing chemical substances in business operations
  • Promoting initiatives to preserve ecosystems

HowHow we are doing it

Long-term environmental targets

Minimize impact on natural capital

Achievements in Fiscal 2020

Reduce the rate of chemical atmospheric emissions per unit Reduction rate in chemical atmospheric emissions per unit: 33%
Manage chemical substances in our products Revised list of Voluntarily Controlled Chemical Substances in accordance with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
Calculation of positive and negative impact on natural capital Built calculation methods for positive impacts (e.g., benefits of forest conservation activities) and negative impacts into the Environmental Data Collection System (Eco-DS) and started to collect data
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