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Hitachi Sustainability

Climate Change Innovator

Our ambition is to become a climate change innovator by helping governments, cities and companies to cut carbon. The breadth of Hitachi allows us to combine information technology, operational know how and physical products to tackle climate change - and ultimately improve people's quality of life. We are applying that same innovation to our own business to contribute to a Net Zero society.

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Hitachi Group Identity: Vision

One of the most important contributions we can make is to develop and offer solutions to the huge environmental challenges facing the world. The pressing problem of climate change has focussed our engineers and product designers to innovate and develop technology and solutions in response.

We help governments, cities and companies cut carbon. We innovate in pursuit of long-term environmental improvements. The breadth of Hitachi allows us to combine information technology, operational know how and physical products to tackle climate change - and ultimately improve people's quality of life.

Net Zero Society

Hitachi’s environmental vision is to pass on a prosperous planet to future generations. Actively contributing to a net zero society is key to achieving that vision.

Our Targets

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carbon neutral from our own operations by 2030

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carbon neutral across our entire value chain by 2050

Proud supporter of Race To Zero

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery. Over 3,500 businesses, cities, regions, and investors have committed to bold climate goals and Hitachi is proud to be one of them.

Sea wind turbines with Race to Zero logo

Climate-positive technologies

Zero Carbon Transport

Better trains, electric buses and fleet vehicles link up for a sustainable future. We manufacture these technologies and provide digital solutions to integrate them with other modes of transport for a joined-up passenger journey. We offer logistics scheduling systems and energy management systems to help customers get the best from their assets.

Zero Carbon Cities and Communities

Decarbonised cities need connected transport, cleaner manufacturing, and smart infrastructure. We develop building, transport and energy management systems to keep things flowing towards a zero-carbon future.

Data Analytics and the Internet of Things

We believe this is the ‘missing link’ to integrating our ecosystems - previously discrete systems (transport, energy, retail delivery etc.) must collaborate seamlessly to keep impacts and costs low. Data is their common currency, and we support customers to collect, analyse and make smart decisions based on it.

Smarter Networks

Smart, digitalised networks can respond to variability and change, and increase the capacity and reliability of the physical assets. As humankind integrates new energy technologies - offshore wind, renewables, electric vehicles, or heat pumps – Hitachi’s network technology and analytics enables them to work together.

Hitachi’s products and services help governments, cities and companies cut carbon. The question is: how much?

We have been able to quantify the carbon savings from some of our customers using our services and solutions. For example, customers using our IT in their value chains have been able to record savings as shown below. We quantify these using the System Integration-Life Cycle Assessment (SI-LCA) method to conduct assessments, using data collected by Hitachi.

Our long-term aim is to record all the savings we create, allowing us to balance them against the emissions we produce directly in support of our commitment to a decarbonized society.

Our Own Carbon Emissions

Our target is to be carbon neutral (zero emissions) at all our factories and offices by 2030 (fiscal year), a big uplift on our original plan to halve our emissions by that date. Some of our sites have already reached the goal, and we plan to share their practices more widely across the group.

Reducing our own emissions means carefully controlling the energy we use, replacing as much as we can with renewables and installing smart, efficient manufacturing technologies. We are planning to invest 84 billion yen over the next 10 years. This will be used to install or upgrade high-efficiency equipment, reduce production energy through increased efficiency and new technology; introduce renewable energy facilities and for Lumada.

We have also established the Hitachi Internal Carbon Pricing (HICP) system to provide incentives for capital investment that contributes to CO2 reduction.
In April 2021, we introduced an evaluation standard for executive compensation that takes environmental value into account, allowing us to incentivise and reward our leaders based on environmental performance.

Value Chain Decarbonization

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Between 2010 and 2020, we cut carbon emissions from the use of our products and services by 20%.

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We also reduced CO2 emissions from our own operations by 39%

Approximately 90% of the value-chain emissions of our products and services—from the procurement of raw materials and parts to production, transportation, use, disposal, and recycling—result from the use of our products and services after they were sold. For this reason, to reduce emissions across the value chain and achieve our long-term targets, it is crucial that we reduce CO2 emissions not just during production but also during the stage of use.

The case studies on these pages demonstrate how our products and services are helping customers cut carbon, and how we are making our products more efficient.

Other Impacts

Our ambition is to be a climate change innovator, and Hitachi is investing heavily to reduce our own and our customers’ carbon emissions. Alongside this activity, we have mature and strong management processes to understand and control our other environmental impacts, including water, biodiversity and waste.

Water

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Between 2010 and 2020, we’ve reduced our water use from our own operations by 24% per unit

As a resource, water is unevenly distributed across the world, and wide gaps between supply and demand are sometimes found even in the same region or country. In addressing water problems, therefore, region-specific risk measures must be developed that take the respective water stress levels into account.

We examined water risks at each of our major manufacturing sites around the world, of which there are approximately 200, by using our Environmental Data Collection System (Eco-DS) and such globally recognized tools for water risk assessment as the Aqueduct, developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI); the Water Risk Filter, developed by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the German development finance institution DEG; and the Flood Hazard Map of the World produced by the European Commission.

Biodiversity

We have set targets to minimise our impact on natural capital and biodiversity. We classify our activities into those that have either a negative or positive impact on natural capital with the aim of minimizing the gap between the two by 2050.

How Hitachi positively impacts natural capital

Waste

Our Environmental Action Plan contains detailed activity targets for improvements in the waste we produce and the achievement of zero waste to landfill. We have defined indicators to measure our progress and are promoting activities throughout the Hitachi Group to achieve these goals with the long term aim to improve resource efficiency (by 50% by 2050).

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