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Status of Progress on Medium- and Long-term Environmental Management Targets in FY 2017

In line with global initiatives related to the environment such as the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, in July 2016, NEC strengthened and integrated its medium- and long-term environmental management targets into its climate change measures as its “Environmental Management Action Plan 2020/2030.”

Specifically, we are promoting initiatives related to climate change from the following three perspectives.

  1. Contributing to mitigation of climate change:
    • Reduce CO₂ emissions from customers and society through IT solutions
      [Target: 23 million tons in FY2021/3; 50 million tons in FY2031/3]
    • Improve the energy efficiency of products
      [Target: 30% improvement in FY2021/3; 80% improvement in FY2031/3 (compared with products in FY 2014/3)]
  2. Contributing to adaptation to climate change:
    • Help prepare for the impacts of climate change through solutions for society
      [Target: Enhance solution competitiveness by providing solutions that help resolve social issues and expand contribution scope through business activities]
  3. Reducing emissions from business activities:
    • Improvement in CO₂ emission through efficiency of energy use during business activities
      [Target: 18% improvement in FY2021/3; 30% improvement in FY2031/3 (compared with  FY 2013/3)]

    • Switch to renewable energy
      [Target: Continued increase in amount of renewable energy used (10-fold increase in FY2021/3 compared with FY 2012/3)]

Environmental Management Action Plan 2020/2030

In 2014, NEC began working to increase our contributions to “adaptation” to climate change through the provision of social solutions. With the goal of “reducing CO₂ emissions five times more than total CO₂ emissions from our entire supply chain by FY 2021/3,” the “Environmental Management Action Plan 2020/2030” was launched this time to drive the initiative forward. Under “Environmental Management Action Plan 2020/2030,” activities are promoted through the entire NEC Group by incorporating the concrete goals/measures for the next three-year period into the medium-term environmental management plan, "NEC Group Eco Action Plan.”

Progress in Fiscal 2017/3

With respect to “1. Contributing to mitigation of climate change: Reduce emissions from customers and society through the provision of IT solutions,” a 2.63 million ton reduction in emissions was achieved, which is lower than the 2.88 million ton target for FY 2017/3. This was mainly due to a decrease in the provision of solutions capable of contributing to mitigation of climate change as sales declined. Further, regarding improvement in energy efficiency for products, in FY 2017/3 we began working toward a new target based on comparisons with products in FY 2014/3, and due to high-efficiency products such as server storage products, we achieved a 17% improvement in FY 2017/3, substantially exceeding our target for that year.

With regard to “2. Contributing to adaptation to climate change: Help prepare for the impacts of climate change through solutions for society,” although we did not have concrete numerical targets, we were able to create three “Eco-Symbol Star” solutions that contribute to “adaptation” by incorporating the elements of “adaptation” into the “Eco Symbol Star” standard in FY 2017/3.

For “3. Reducing emissions from business activities: Improve emissions intensity through increased efficiency,” we were able to reduce energy consumption itself, but due to a decline in sales, the CO₂ emissions intensity increased 1.3% compared with the previous year.

In addition, regarding our goal of “reducing CO₂ emissions five times more than total CO₂ emissions from our entire supply chain by FY 2021/3,” our result for FY 2017/3 was a reduction in CO₂ emissions of 18.53 million tons [numerator] compared with total CO₂ emissions of 7.76 million tons for the entire supply chain [denominator]. This represents a contribution 2.4 times greater than last year, which is a solid year-on-year increase.

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