The Hitachi High-Tech Group is working to efficiently reduce environmental impact by managing and calculating environmental conservation costs, economic effects, and material effects.
The Hitachi High-Tech Group introduced environmental accounting starting in FY2001 as a tool for managing our environmental conservation activities. We confirm our cost-effectiveness with regard to environmental conservation and conduct evaluations of the Group's engagement in environmental initiatives.
In addition, in order to achieve the goals of Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 (1. Achieving a Decarbonized Society 2. Achieving a Resource Efficient Society 3. Achieving a Harmonized Society with Nature),that are the long-term environmental goals shared by the Hitachi Group, we are managing measures and targets through the Environmental Committee and its subcommittees and meetings, and are working to understand the costs of environmental conservation and improve the effects of environmental conservation by implementing these measures and setting targets.
Compared to the serious state of novel coronavirus infection in the previous fiscal year, the number of serious cases and deaths decreased in FY2021 due to the widespread use of vaccination and other such measures. As a result, this was a year that also brought considerable signs of recovery in environmental activities at Hitachi High-Tech, even though they did not match up to pre-pandemic levels.
Production costs for newsletters introducing environmental initiatives, costs of creating and updating websites, costs of afforestation on company campuses, and other such costs of social projects increased significantly by comparison with the previous fiscal year. The increase amounted to ¥168 million in all (an increase of about 5% year on year).
Under environmental investment costs, the round of investment in pollution prevention was completed by FY2020. As a result, this amount showed a decrease of ¥31 million, but we will make further investment as future need arises. As to global warming prevention, there was an increase of ¥25 million over the previous fiscal year in replacement of air conditioning equipment, conversion of lighting to LED, and other such construction work. The result was that environmental investment showed a slight decrease by ¥7 million overall (a decrease of about 2% year on year).
* The charts below have been formulated in compliance with the Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Accounting Guidebook II.
* Calculation Standards
Scope of calculation:
Hitachi High-Tech Group (head offices, branches in Japan, manufacturing division in Japan), manufacturing Group companies in Japan, headquarters of sales Group Companies, and headquarters of service Group company (Hitachi High-Tech Fielding Corporation)
April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Includes labor costs, R&D costs, depreciation costs, etc.
Net earnings effect: Earnings from operations relating to environmental conservation
Cost reduction effect: Sum by which costs are reduced as a result of measures to reduce the environmental burden (does not include expected effects)
Environmental Conservation Expenses
|1. Business area costs
Cost of minimizing the environmental burden arising from business activities in each business area
|810||907||97||Costs associated with reducing environmental risks|
|Breakdown||Pollution prevention costs
Cost of preventing pollution, including air, water, and soil pollution
|Environmental conservation costs
Costs associated with the prevention of global warming and energy conservation
|Resource recycling costs
Costs associated with resource conservation and waste reduction and recycling
|2. Upstream and downstream costs
Cost of minimizing the upstream/downstream environmental burden arising from business activities
|3. Administration costs
Cost of management activities focused on environmental conservation
|687||715||28||Costs associated with promoting activities|
|4. R&D costs
Cost of R&D activities
|5. Social activity costs
Cost of social projects
Environmental remediation costs
|Total expenses of environmental conservation (1-6)||3,412||3,580||168|
|All environmental conservation costs - environmental conservation effects (economic effects)||3,363||3,518||155|
* There were no environmental fines or penalties during the fiscal year.
* The totals of each item and the values in the total column may differ due to the number of digits displayed.
Unit: ¥1 million/year
Environmental Conservation Benefit
|Item||Conservation Benefit (FY2020)||Conservation Benefit (FY2021)||Key Details|
|Economic benefit||Net earnings effect||21||37|
|Cost reduction effect||28||25|
|Material benefit||Reduction in electricity usage||502 MWh/year||466 MWh/year||Energy conservation by periodic replacement of air conditioning equipment, introduction of LED lighting, etc.|
Unit: ¥1 million/year
|Total environmental investment||327||320||▲7|
Unit: ¥1 million/year