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Hitachi puts green plan into action

Hitachi has revealed an ambitious plan to reduce the carbon emissions of its products worldwide by 100 million tonnes by 2025.

All products manufactured by the group must be qualified eco-products by that same year. This will involve enhancing the environmental performance of materials, parts, components and product design, by taking advantage of technologies developed by the group.

The manufacturer is already working on machines to meet European Stage IIIB guidelines on emissions in 2011, and beyond that, Stage IV, in 2014, and in some countries like Japan, custom-built hybrid excavators are already on sale.

The manufacturer has introduced a Design for Environment assessment to its product development phase. The criteria for Eco-Products includes: lighter weight, longer product life, availability of recyclable resources, ease of disassembly and disposal, less fuel consumption and environmentally friendly packing materials. The firm has committed itself to being to being carbon neutral by 2015.

The company has established strict conditions for new and existing Hitachi factories and offices, based on efficient energy use, waste disposal, emissions, water circulation and use of renewable energy.

“Hitachi regards itself as a global citizen and is committed to its environmental responsibilities,” said HCME environmental regulation compliance officer Robin Huijsman. “The overall aim is to promote our endeavours for innovation, while increasing the potential of future generations to create industry-leading, environmentally aware products and services.”

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