Message from Top Management Nobuhiro Endo, President
The message is available in the CSR Annual Report
Masaki Fukui, Senior Vice President (Environmental Manager)
Cooperation among the countries of the world and all-out activities at all organizational levels of governments and enterprises, as well as at the nationwide level, are needed to solve various environmental problems on a global level and to create a sustainable society. Global environmental problems include climate changes caused by global warming, loss of biodiversity, and depletion of resources. Enterprises also need to reduce their environmental impacts with the cooperation of their supply chains, in addition to efforts made by themselves.
In Japan, awareness of electricity saving has risen rapidly triggered by fear of shortage of power supply after the great earthquake on March 11, 2011. On the other hand, because of this sense of crisis, it appears that slightly fewer debates are taking place on energy problems from the standpoint of measures to prevent global warming. We should steadily implement measures for stable supply of energy and measures for prevention of global warming at the same time. The NEC Group on its part is beefing up a smart energy solution combining energy storage system, EMS (energy management system), and EV (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure, and is committed to making a contribution toward the creation of a sustainable social infrastructure that achieves both stable supply of energy and prevention of global warming.
The NEC Group is contributing to the solution of various challenges facing its customers, as well as society and the earth, through business activities, aiming to be a "leading global company leveraging the power of innovation to realize an information society friendly to humans and the earth" envisioned in the NEC Group Vision 2017.
In 2010, the NEC Group declared the NEC Group Environmental Management Action Plan 2017/2030 to embody the NEC Group Vision 2017 from the aspect of the environment, and is undertaking activities by setting specific goals from the three perspectives of "low carbon," "ecosystem and biodiversity preservation," and "resource recycling and conservation." As accomplishments in FY 2012, a contribution to "low carbon" was made by reducing CO₂ emissions by 2.43 million tons for society as a whole. In energy saving of products, CO₂ emissions were reduced by 64%. In terms of "ecosystem and biodiversity preservation," the contribution activities of the employees increased by about 30% to 8,032 persons. In the area of "resource recycling and conservation," bioplastic was developed as a non-edible material. Steady results have been achieved in the past two years.
In the future, the NEC Group will beef up its activities in cooperation with the companies that form the supply chain with the Group to reduce the environmental impact of not only the NEC Group, but also the entire supply chain.
Additionally, instantaneous transmission, processing, and sharing of a very large volume of information is necessary, and utilization of information and communication technology (ICT) is indispensable for companies in a global supply chain to engage in cooperative activities. Hardware, software, and services such as cloud computing of the NEC Group can be utilized in this case. A contribution will be made towards a further reduction in the environmental impact of all of society by providing ICT solutions for promotion of environmental impact reductions to the supply chain of the Group and to various other supply chains.
The NEC Group will continue to make a contribution to realizing a sustainable society through its business activities by conducting improvement and reform through communication with the stakeholders so as to create an "information society friendly to humans and the earth."