Environmental vision and targets
Protecting the environment is part of Hitachi Rail’s corporate responsibility and is a key element in its business strategy, which aims to promote the long-term growth of the company’s value.
In order to actively and responsibly contribute to combating the challenges posed by climate change, Hitachi Rail applies best practices to achieve better results, continuously improving its environmental management in an economically effective way.
To this end, Hitachi Rail has developed an approach based on the preventive analysis of the aspects and impacts of its operations on the environment and the constant monitoring of consumption and waste generation. This approach has allowed the company to identify environmental improvement areas and to deliver specific measures to meet today’s requirements and the future needs.
Hitachi Rail has adopted a certified Environmental Management System that responds to international standard UNI EN ISO 14001.
The four strategic objectives
1. Application of Environmental Management Systems recognised at the international level to the entire Organisation
▪ Annual preservation of the ISO 14001 certifications.
▪ Rationalisation and simplification of the certifications in the various organisational areas.
3. Promotion of sustainable environmental practices with suppliers, contractors and customers
▪ Use of environmental performance-based supplier qualification criteria
▪ Informative and training meetings on the important environmental aspects at the commencement of works through the diffusion of the Environmental Policy and exploring the ways in the impacts generated by the activities carried out are to be managed.
▪Assessment of the suppliers based on the environmental performance of the activities carried out on Hitachi Rail’s behalf.
2. Reporting to citizens, institutions and other stakeholders on the management and environmental performance of the Company
▪ Publication of the Sustainability Report and open access given to the key environmental parameters
▪Communication with analysts and participation in various Sustainability indices
4. Observance of the legal obligations of compliance and voluntary commitments
▪ Ensure that the activities are carried out in compliance with said obligations and commitments
▪ Assess observance of the subscribed obligations and commitments.
▪ Correct any non-conformities on observance of subscribed obligations and voluntary commitments.
Towards a low-carbon society
Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 contains long-term reduction targets for CO2 emissions per unit of 50% by fiscal 2030 and 80% by fiscal 2050 – compared to fiscal 2010 levels – throughout Hitachi’s value chain.
The value chain for our products and services encompasses all stages from the procurement of raw materials and parts to production,
transportation, use, disposal, and recycling.
In May 2020 we announced an even more ambitious CO2 reduction target of achieving carbon neutrality, which will mean net zero emissions, at our business sites – factories and offices – by fiscal 2030.
Hitachi Rail has been adopting eco-design principle for many years. Different design solutions fitting the same technical requirements, are evaluated since the very beginning of the project.
Specific Eco profiles or light LCA – Life Cycle Assessment – studies are performed on different rolling stock solutions in order to verify corresponding environmental effects on a trainset’s footprint. Design solutions aimed at reducing environmental impact of trainset quickly turn into design best practices to be implemented, whenever applicable, on all future projects.
This has happened for high efficiency HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and lighting systems, for super capacity energy recovery systems, for aerodynamics test carried out on bogies and car bodies and so on.
Hitachi Rail adopted a Carbon Management System which enables the planning, implementation and measurement of targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are part of the environmental management system that Hitachi Rail has established at a global level, defining a carbon management strategy based on the following principles:
▪ Global approach: the development of mechanisms to increase commitment in all offices and production sites;
▪ Reasonable and feasible long-term objectives: the establishment of a clear and realistic vision of the steps to be taken;
▪ Support for the development of technologies: the development of advanced technological solutions.
This strategy focuses mainly on three spheres of influence:
▪ Scope 1 emissions: in-house activities and direct emissions from Hitachi Rail’s own sites;
▪ Scope 2 emissions: electrical energy suppliers and their operating emissions related to Hitachi Rail’s activities;
▪ Scope 3 emissions: Hitachi Rail’s supply chain and the emissions resulting from the production and delivery of goods and services.
Towards a resource efficient society
The issues of resource scarcity, triggered by rising demand and population growth are common concerns for the entire world. As our populations grow and living standards improve, higher volumes of resources collected, extracted, used, and eventually emitted as waste.
Hitachi Rail is responding to these issues by working with customers and society to help build a society that uses resources more efficiently.
Hitachi Rail creates higher economic value designing and promoting less resources and pursue products and solutions, as well internal processes and activities, with a low environmental burden.
The majority of energy used is electricity for lighting, plants operation and building temperature control. Hitachi Rail uses fossil fuels, mainly natural gas, and district heating to heat workplaces. In order to reduce electricity consumption, the company carries out constant work on its real estate assets, to increase their eco-efficiency.
Hitachi Rail promotes the use of solar and other forms of renewable energy at our business sites and plants. New plans are under definition and will be launched at the beginning of the fiscal year, including further challenging decarbonisation goals.
The company will accelerate these efforts, aiming to raise the share of renewable energy in its total electricity consumption.
Hitachi Rail is very aware of the contribution that efficient consumption of raw materials can give, in terms of contribution for CO2 reduction. Hitachi Rail search for increasingly standardised designs and innovation to lead an overall reduction in the direct or indirect consumption of raw materials.
The sustainable management of water during withdrawal and use favours the maintenance and improvement of the use of this precious resource, ensuring less waste and a reduced environmental impact.
The company is aware that it can continually improve water use by reducing pollution, eliminating waste and fighting the release of chemicals and hazardous materials, halving the percentage of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse.
Hitachi Rail's core business does not critically highlight the use of this resource. However, the commitment in the control and management of this resource is always very high, even in related indirect activities.
Towards a harmonized society with nature
To achieve a harmonized society with nature so that we may continue to enjoy nature’s benefits, Hitachi has established targets to minimize impact on natural capital as part of its long-term environmental targets. It accounts for two types of activity: positive and negative.
Positive activities include providing products and services that contribute to ecosystem preservation and undertaking social contribution activities to protect the environment through the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.
Negative impact activities are classified as emissions of chemical substances into the atmosphere and the generation of waste materials.
By quantifying positive and negative impact activities across the value chain, Hitachi advance initiatives to reduce its negative impact and maximize its positive impact.
The production of waste is an environmental aspect that is assessed and measured at all Hitachi Rail sites and offices together with the analysis of work sites and construction of civil and technological products.
Hitachi Rail’s policy is to reinforce the prevention, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste. All its sites have waste collection areas based on the type of waste and site layout. External specialist companies collect and process hazardous and non-hazardous waste.