Commitment to achieving Net Zero
Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.
Baseline Emissions Footprint
Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.
Current Emissions Reporting
Emissions reduction targets
Hitachi Group joined the UN Race to Zero campaign on 25th February 2021. This agreement commits Hitachi Group (of which Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd is a UK subsidiary) to aligning its business with the aim of the Paris Agreement which is to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels.
Hitachi has several long-term environmental targets, including striving to achieve carbon neutrality at all its business sites (factories and offices) by fiscal 2030 and to achieve an 80% reduction in CO₂ emissions across the company’s value chain by fiscal 2050, compared to fiscal 2010. The target at all business sites aligns with the business ambition for 1.5°C pledge.
Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 maps out the company’s environmental plans for the next 10 to 30 years. The targets include improvement in the efficiency of the use of water and other resources by fiscal 2050 compared with fiscal 2010 and minimising the impact on natural capital. Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd as a member of Hitachi Group is also committed to these group targets.
The projection is carbon emissions will decrease over the next five years to 51 tCO2e by 2025.
Progress against these targets can be seen in the following figure.
Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd expected an increase in GHG emission in 2022 as business-as-usual returned, post-COVID 19.
We can see, in the graph above, the release of UK government coronavirus lockdowns and measures in the period March 2020 to Dec 2021 (Source: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/charts/uk-government-coronavirus-lockdowns) has had a substantive effect on Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission generating activity.
Business travel, driven by client demand, is a major driver in our GHG emissions. Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd expects its clients, and staff will appreciate the need to reduce travel where appropriate, with the resultant reduction in GHG emissions over time as we return to business-as-usual post-COVID-19.
Carbon Reduction Projects
Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives
The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2020 baseline. The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes equate to 94 tCO2e, 24% reduction against baseline and the measures will be in effect when performing the contract
The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2020 baseline.
- Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd already operates from energy efficient offices (Passive Infra Red (PIR) controlled lighting is already in use), using energy efficient IT infrastructure & is fully committed to a reduce / reuse / recycle approach
- Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd does not operate a company car/vehicle fleet
- Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd has a policy to reduce company travel, where appropriate. Where travel is required, the use of public transport is encouraged where it is safe to do so
- Employees have the option to “Work from Home” where appropriate
- Clients have options to have remote delivery for all / part of the projects. Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd will continue to promote these methods of delivery, where appropriate
- Hitachi Group are internally promoting employees consider switching to renewable energy suppliers, where & when, appropriate.
- Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd is actively progressing ISO 14001 certification
Declaration and Sign Off
This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.
Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting.
Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard.
This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).
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