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.
FY2022 was a year when the shift away from measures implemented in response to COVID-19 accelerated and the numbers of severe cases and fatalities in Japan decreased due to the widespread use of vaccines and other factors, and as a result, the Company’s environmental measures also began to show signs of recovery. Among our environmental conservation costs, R&D and design costs (costs for research and development activities) for designing environmentally conscious products and for other such measures increased substantially, up ¥473 million from the previous fiscal year, due to the recovery in global demand.
In addition, administration costs (costs for management activities for environmental conservation) increased by ¥102 million from the previous fiscal year due to increases in the number of course takers in response to implementation of remote environmental education and webinars.
Among environmental investment costs, those for preventing global warming increased by ¥483 billion as a result of replacement of air conditioning equipment, replacement of air compressor equipment, and other measures. Total environmental investment increased by ¥163 million compared to the previous fiscal 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, 2022 - March 31, 2023
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
|907||878||▲29||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
|715||817||102||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)||3,580||4,093||513|
|All environmental conservation costs - environmental conservation effects (economic effects)||3,518||4,004||485|
* 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 (FY2021)||Conservation Benefit (FY2022)||Key Details|
|Economic benefit||Net earnings effect||37||42|
|Cost reduction effect||25||48|
|Material benefit||Reduction in electricity usage||466 MWh/year||2,352 MWh/year||Energy conservation by periodic replacement of air conditioning equipment, replacement of air compressor equipment, etc.|
Unit: ¥1 million/year
|Total environmental investment||320||483||163|
Unit: ¥1 million/year