Sustainable Earth

Creating a society that lives in harmony
with the earth by reducing resource consumption
and environmental impact

In the next 30 years, world population growth and urbanization will bring about various threats arising from the increased burden on the environment and the rise in natural disasters.
NEC will visualize the continually changing conditions of the earth and contribute to the realization of a society that coexists harmoniously with the earth, through the efficient and equal distribution of limited resources and measures to preempt the effects of threats to the earth.

A society that already consumes resources
equivalent to 1.5 times the earth’s capacity

Present calculations indicate that by 2050, we will need resources equivalent to twice what the earth can produce.
According to the Ecological Footprint published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), humans are already consuming resources equivalent to 1.5 times the earth’s biological capacity.
This means that we have overused resources by 0.5 of the earth’s capacity and are using up our natural capital for the future.
Also, the report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has pointed out that climate changes caused by global warming pose various major risks.
What should we do, therefore, to address these resource and climate change issues in order for us to coexist harmoniously with the earth and create a sustainable society?

Global scale sensing and other contributions that ICT can make

Information and communications technologies (ICT) can make major contributions to enable the optimum use of resources and prepare for risks due to climate change. Real-time collection of various kinds of environmental data through sensors located in different places, such as satellite, above-ground, and underground sensors, enables monitoring environmental changes on a global scale. Further, the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and simulation technologies and the improvement in performance of supercomputers will facilitate the instantaneous analysis of massive environmental data. This will enable measures to optimize how we use resources and to prepare for and minimize damage from natural disasters.
NEC will leverage ICT to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society that coexists harmoniously with the earth.

NEC initiatives for the future

NEC will provide support in elucidating causal factors and in formulating countermeasures for various environmental problems in order to realize a sustainable society in harmonious coexistence with the earth.

Earth Simulator: Monitoring the earth and predicting the future

(Photo from JAMSTEC: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

The Earth Simulator (built for the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), which uses NEC’s vector supercomputer, SX-ACE, is widely used for complex and large-scale simulations on climate change. The Earth Simulator is contributing to many areas related to the environment and environmental risks. It has the potential to provide a detailed evaluation of the effects of global warming, predict future climatic changes, simulate and predict typhoons and torrential downpours, elucidate earthquake mechanisms, and enable wide-area and high-resolution predictions of flooding from tsunamis.

Fire warning and immediate response system for protecting our valuable forests

NEC supports measures to prevent forest fires across a wide geographical area through its temperature-surveillance technology for infrared cameras. Alerts for forest fires too small to be monitored with the naked eye can be issued upon detection of abnormal temperatures, enabling foresters to immediately verify the status of fire occurrence from infrared camera image monitors.
Alerts also include position information on the location of the fire, allowing accurate and rapid instructions to be issued to firefighters, thereby minimizing damage to our valuable forests.

Reading NEC Vision Book 2017

More information about NEC's vision for social value creation and the steps we are taking to achieve this vision can be found in NEC's Vision Books.