Hitachi Chemical

Environmental Action Plan

As the goal of the new CSR Medium-term Roadmap from 2016 to 2018, the Hitachi Chemical Group has been engaged in Groupwide initiatives pursuant to the following environmental action plan. In fiscal 2016, the initial year of the plan, we failed to meet our goals in many of the items including the improvement rate of energy consumed per unit of production. The main reason for our failure to meet our goals may be attributed to the fact that having expanded the targeted items and the scope of companies and sites subject to monitoring, too much time was spent on rolling out the new items to the companies and sites and on assessing the actual situation, which, in turn, prevented us from achieving the desired improvement results. In fiscal 2017, we will shift our focus to making improvements based on the results of the initiatives taken to date and aim to achieve our goals in all items in the final year of the plan.

Hitachi Chemical Group Environmental Conservation Action Plan for 2016 to 2018 (main items)
Category Item Objective Description Fiscal year 2016 Fiscal year 2017 Fiscal year 2018
Target Result Rating
High-standard eco-factories and offices Prevent global warming Improve energy consumed per production unit from FY2005 base year Contribute to measures against global warming by improving the efficiency of energy use and promoting the reduction of CO2 emissions and activities to suppress emissions 13.7% 13.4% × 14.2% 15.8%
Use resources effectively Improve valuable resource waste generated per production unit As a measure against environmental problem caused by depletion of natural resource and waste, contribute toward forming recycling-oriented society by promoting reduction of waste arising from business activity and recycling 30.6% 35.3% 30.9% 32.1%
Recycling rate
(Recycling amount/(Recycling amount+Final process amount))
95.1% 92.8% × 94.3% 94.5%
Improve water usage per production unit from FY2005 base year To resolve the water scarcity problem, which is a worldwide concern, promote efficient water usage by strengthening water risk management 27.0% 30.3% 26.6% 28.5%
Manage chemical substances Improve chemical substances released into atmosphere per production unit from FY2006 base year Reduce atmospheric emissions of chemical substances such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have an impact on the human body and ecosystem by improving processes and providing alternative solutions 45.1% 43.9% × 41.6% 42.6%
Next-generation products and services Environmental friendliness improvement of the product Rate of resource usage reduction Reduce resource usage amount of product through product design 20.3% 16.9% × 19.1% 21.1%
Assessment implementation rate of environmental consideration design Secure environmental consideration of product/service by expanding the assessment of environmental consideration design that conforms to IEC62430. 25% 0% × 60% 95%
Implementation of LCA Implementation rate of LCA Grasp the environmental burden infiltrated throughout the entire value chain and reduce such burden by implementing LCA for main products 17.6% 17.6% 70.6% 100%
Promotion of environmental management Strengthening of global environment control Audit implementation rate of overseas group companies Improve the environmental control level by implementing environmental audit at main overseas production sites 43% 74% 100% 100%
Improve environmental activity level GP as defined in GREEN21:2018
(Green Points [GP])
Improve the environmental activity level through new “GREEN21:2018” evaluation that standardized the achievement status of environmental action plan 240GP 243GP 360GP 480GP
Thorough compliance Continuation of maintaining zero environmental accident rate Continue to maintain environmental accident rate of zero by complying to laws/regulations/agreement of various countries/regions Zero 3 × Zero Zero
Improving the precision of environmental index Continuation of third party assurance on environmental performance index Along with securing accurate and reliable data, improve data precision and control method by receiving third party assurance regarding the environmental performance index that plays a key role Continuous implementation Continuous implementation Continuous implementation Continuous implementation
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Scope of environmental impact data reporting: 24 companies and 42 sites: Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Electronics Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Automotive Products Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Electronic Materials (Kyushu) Co., Ltd., Hitachi AIC Inc., Yamagishi AIC Inc., Namie Japan Brake Co., Ltd., Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA) Inc., Hitachi Chemical Mexico, S.A. de C.V., Hitachi Chemical (Nantong) Co.,Ltd., Hitachi Chemical (Dongguan) Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Electronic Materials (Guangzhou) Ltd., Hitachi Powdered Metals (Dongguan) Co., Ltd., Foshan J.B. Automotive Products Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Electronic Materials (Hong Kong) Ltd., PT Hitachi Chemical Indonesia, Hitachi Chemical (Johor) Sdn. Bhd., Hitachi Chemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Hitachi Chemical (Selangor) Sdn. Bhd, Hitachi Chemical (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Hitachi Powdered Metals (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Automotive Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd.