Skip to main content
At Hitachi High-Technologies Group companies, efforts are made to reduce the volume of waste that is generated in their business activities as well as to promote recycling of resources by maximizing recycling of generated waste. At the business sites of Group companies in Japan, a project has been kicked off to accomplish a zero-emission criterion* set by the Hitachi Group to minimize the environmental load by bringing the final disposal volume including residues left after intermediate treatment to near zero.
The projects undertaken in fiscal 2015 included the continuation of maintaining zero emissions and a project to accomplish a reduction in the basic unit of generation of waste and 30% reduction in total (base year: 2005) as targets. The efforts actually achieved a 39% reduction and exceeded the targets.
In fiscal 2014, we created a working group for overseas sites and we conducted a review of waste based on our understanding of the state of affairs at such sites. From fiscal 2015, waste generated during production processes, collection of used products, and waste generated during maintenance operations are within the scope of our understanding, whereas waste generated from office activities, etc. (waste paper and PET bottles etc.), is not. Going forward, we will consider waste reduction activities with an understanding of the volume of said waste.
Polyethylene garbage bags
As part of our efforts to achieve a recycling-based society, our Naka Division is actively engaged in the recycling of waste within Japan. Vinyl used in the packaging of components delivered to us is used to manufacture polyethylene garbage bags and plastic folders made entirely from this recycled material, which are then used by the Naka Division. Seeing vinyl materials separated from other waste in the workplace come back to be used again in a different form makes the concept of recycling more tangible for staff, thereby helping to increase the environmental awareness of each and every employee. Going forward, we will continue to strive to reduce waste by expanding the scope of items subject to recycling and promoting the reuse and recycling of materials used to package components.
Hitachi High-Technologies Group companies are not operating in a water stress environment, yet they are striving for effective utilization of water resources. Water consumption is reduced through recirculation of cooling water, through a reduction of water consumption made possible by achieving a higher productivity, and through other methods.