Progress on the "NEC Group Environmental Management Action Plan 2017/2030"
NEC has set the target of reducing total CO₂ emissions by 15 million tons by fiscal 2018 through the provision of IT solutions that contribute to reducing the CO₂ emissions of customers and society, with the aim of realizing a low-carbon society. In fiscal 2014, NEC contributed to reducing an additional 2.29 million tons of CO₂ emissions. Total cuts over 4 years from FY 2011 add up to 9.7 million tons, as we steadily progress toward achieving our target.
Another goal in our work to realize a low-carbon society is our target to lower CO₂ emissions at product usage stages by 80% by FY 2018 compared to FY 2006 product levels through improvements to the energy efficiency of its products. In FY 2014, the reduction was 75% (compared to FY 2006 product levels), achieving our target for the year (67%), as we steadily progress toward achieving the NEC Group Environmental Management Action Plan 2017. A main factor in this success has been the establishment of the NEC Eco Symbol Star scheme within all departments of the group, leading to even more active development of highly energy-efficient products.
From the perspective of ecosystem and biodiversity preservation, a total of 8,417 people around the world have participated in ecosystem and biodiversity preservation activities based on social contribution activities by employees. NEC has been developing biodiversity conservation solutions that draw on the NEC Group's advanced technologies and products. Three additional solutions were provided in the areas of measures to address damage by animals, ocean monitoring, and surveillance of illegal logging, for a total of 6 solutions.
NEC is employing its NeCycle bioplastic in products to encourage the widespread use of this material, as an initiative for promoting recycling and conservation of resources. A new application has been achieved in filling systems for gasoline stations, and a technology was developed that reduced the manufacturing energy of non-edible material cellulose-based bioplastic to 1/10.
While a portion of 2018 targets have not yet been achieved, in general steady progress has been made, and we will continue our activities toward achieving our targets.
Intensifying our response to Scope 3
We began our response to Scope 3 in FY 2013 with efforts to reduce CO₂ along our entire supply chain. In FY 2014, we worked on improving precision of data, collecting direct data from a portion of our suppliers. Total CO₂ emissions for the entire supply chain of the NEC Group decreased in FY 2014. This trend was due to the impact of changes in the investment ratios of related companies resulting in them becoming no longer subject to calculations for category 15 (investments). In FY 2015 we will continue to promote improvements, particularly in areas that make up a large proportion of emissions, such as the improved energy efficiency of products and imploring our suppliers to conserve energy.
- Supplement: Scope 3 statistics are based on the Scope 3 Standards issued by the GHG Protocol Initiative in October 2011. These statistics have been independently reviewed by the Mizuho Information and Research Institute and are proven to be transparent and reliable.
- Scope 3 Third Party Review Certificate of Implementation
-Category 1: Purchased Goods & Services
-Category 2: Capital Goods
-Category 3: Fuel & Energy Related Activities（not included in Scope1 and 2）
-Category 4: Transportation & Distribution
-Category 5: Waste Generated in Operations
-Category 6: Business Travel
-Category 7: Employee Commuting
-Category 8: Leased Assets of Upstream Activities（Not applied to NEC）
-Category 9: Transportation & Distribution of Downstream Activities
-Category 10: Processing of Sold Products
-Category 11: Use of Sold Products
-Category 12: End-Of-Life Treatment of Sold Products
-Category 13: Leased Assets of Downstream Activities（Not applied to NEC）
-Category 14: Franchises（Not applied to NEC）
-Category 15: Investments