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Corporate management that is in harmony with the global environment plays an important role in achieving sustainable progress for business and society. Limiting the resource and energy consumption as well as environmental burden associated with business activities throughout the lifecycles of our products, the Hitachi High-Tech Group not only reduces the environmental burden in our business area but also engages in green procurement and provides eco-friendly products and services. Through these efforts, we engage in sustainable consumption and manufacturing. Under the Environmental Action Plan shared by the entire Hitachi Group, we also promote environmental activities to fulfill our CSR in conjunction with the ISO14001 environmental management system, including CO2 reduction, waste reduction, legislative management, management of chemical substances, eco-design and lifecycle assessment, and protection of biodiversity.
The entire Group is promoting environmental management under the three pillars "prevention of global warming", "cyclical use of resources", and "biodiversity conservation"
At the COP21 meeting held in Paris in December 2015, nations agreed to adopt a target of limiting the increase in average global temperatures compared with pre-industrial revolution level to 2°C in the second half of this century. The Paris Agreement came into force on November 4, 2016. Japan has set greenhouse gas emissions-reduction targets for both the medium term (26% reduction from FY2013 levels by FY2030) and long term (80% reduction by 2050).
Further, addressing environmental issues is recognized as a shared global undertaking as embodied by "Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" of the SDGs, which establish targets to be achieved and common rules for international society in the 21st century.
From a business perspective as well, it is crucial for companies to appropriately respond to climate change and other environmental-related social priorities, while helping to reduce environmental impact.
Based on our belief that the global environment is the very foundation for sound societies and markets, which make ongoing business possible, the Hitachi High-Tech Group has established "Contributing to a sustainable global environment" as one of the Materiality.
We are focusing on the impact from climate change as a global environmental challenge, and promoting activities linked to our business processes that give top priority to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Restricting emissions of CO2, the principal greenhouse gas, involves reducing energy usage, but any expansion in business scale tends to increase emissions. We are therefore working to improve energy efficiency via production process reforms and capital investments for facility rationalization, while also introducing renewable energy to help lower our emissions per unit of sales. We are also targeting opportunities to expand our business by supplying eco-friendly products based on new product development processes built around the principles of eco-design and life cycle assessment. This contributes to reduced CO2 emissions through the value chain by helping customers to cut energy consumption at the product usage stage and so forth. From FY2018, we have also been pressing ahead with the analysis of scenarios pertaining to opportunities and risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon society. From a long-term view, we look to further link our initiatives aimed at realizing a low-carbon society with our business processes.