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Hitachi details 2025 environmental road map

Posted: 26 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:environmental plan? global warming? eco-product?

Hitachi Group has detailed its long-term plan called Environmental Vision 2025, which targets to to curb CO2 emissions associated with its products by 100 million tons in fiscal 2025.

One factor that simulated the formulated the plan was the recognition of the importance of developing decisive measures for meeting the target of halving greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 2050. This target emerged from discussions among heads of state and government at the Heiligendamm Summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations in June 2007. Another factor was a desire by Hitachi to devise a concrete plan of action running through to the midpoint of this target period, fiscal 2025, and to strengthen environmental initiatives on a Group-wide level.

In order to step up promotion of Environmental Vision 2015, a medium-term plan drafted in fiscal 2006, and to successfully meet Environmental Vision 2025 targets, the Hitachi established the post of Hitachi Group chief environmental strategy officer (CEnO) on Dec. 1. The CEnO is responsible for coordinating and managing environmental management strategies for the Hitachi Group. Accompanying this move, the group will establish the Environmental Strategy Office on Jan. 1, 2008, as part of actions for achieving the goals of its environmental plan.

Hitachi has been implementing activities under the Environmental Vision2015 to realize global warming prevention, ecosystem conservation, and the sustainable use of resources. Under the 2015 vision, the group has been working to meet its fiscal 2015 goal of achieving "emission neutral" status, whereby direct environmental impact and societal environmental impact are reduced by the same amount.

Direct environmental impact refers to energy used in production activities, such as the acquisition of basic materials and processing and refining of parts; greenhouse gases emitted from factories; and energy used for recycling waste and for transportation. Societal environmental impact, meanwhile, refers to electricity consumed by products, as well as energy used for recycling end-of-life products. As a new target for successfully completing the 2015 vision, the group has declared its commitment to increasing sales of its Eco-Products to $58.4 billion by fiscal 2010, or roughly double that recorded in fiscal 2006.

2025 eco-plan
Under the Environmental Vision 2025, Hitachi will step up activities implemented under the ongoing 2015 medium-term plan. In the push for early attainment of the fiscal 2015 goal of achieving "emission neutral" status, the Hitachi will reduce direct environmental impact through investments in energy conservation and the switch to alternative fuels

Hitachi will further seek to s to curb CO2 emissions from its products by 100 million tons worldwide by fiscal 2025. In addition, Hitachi will to enhance the environmental performance of its products on all fronts, from materials, parts and components, to product design, systems, services and solutions. In the area of global warming prevention, it will reinforce businesses related to both power-generation and energy-saving products. In ecosystem conservation, efforts will focus on investing in environmental equipment and water treatment systems. In the sustainable use of resources, the Group will channel its investments into recycling and other businesses.

Furthermore, Hitachi Group is aggressively pursuing what it calls Collaborative Creation Projects with corporate partners, government agencies, universities and other organizations worldwide. Projects already under way include the global R&D task of developing technology for coal-fired power generation with lower CO2 emissions, with joint research being undertaken with universities in the United States and Europe.




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