NEC releases annual CSR and environmental reports

NEC Corporation has released 'NEC's Annual CSR Report 2009,' and 'NEC's Annual Environmental Report 2009.' The reports provide detail on activities carried out in pursuit of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and environmental goals during the 2009 fiscal year ended March 31, as part of NEC's aim to realize an 'information society friendly to humans and the Earth.'

Annual reports' overview

1. Annual CSR Report 2009 (6th edition; established in 2004)

The publication of 'NEC's CSR Digest 2009' features updates on the progress of activities supporting 'NEC's Seven High Priority Initiatives' (*).

'Initiatives for Solving Social Issues Faced by Society and Addressing People's Needs through Business Activities'
1) Address climate change and environmental preservation
2) Include everyone in the digital society
3) Provide multifaceted security (building a safe and secure society)
4) Build reliable information and communications infrastructure
(Initiatives for Internal Management in Support of Business Activity)
5) Earn customer trust
6) Empower our people
7) Strengthen risk management and enforce compliance

2. Annual Environmental Report: 2009 (14th edition; established in 1995)

In March 2003, NEC announced its 'Environmental Management Vision 2010,' and each year the company publishes an environmental report that features updates on such goals as producing 'virtually zero' CO2 emissions by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, and a review of NEC's environmentally active accomplishments from the previous year.Further detail is provided below.

<1> Major 2008 accomplishments
(1) Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 430 thousand tons year-on-year (reduced by 1 million tons compared to 2000):
The total reduction of 430 thousand tons (20.7%) of greenhouse gas emissions related to production and office activities from 2.08 million tons in 2007 to 1.65 million tons in 2008 is nearly 2 years ahead of the 1.63 million tons of emissions targeted for 2010. The accelerated installation of new devices had a particularly strong impact on the reduction of PFC's (*1) and non-CO2 greenhouse gases. The 700 thousand tons released in 2007 was reduced by 330 thousand tons (47.1%), to 370 thousand tons of emissions in 2008, a significant accomplishment that was achieved two years in advance of the 500 thousand ton target for 2010.

(2) 45% reduction in CO2 emissions from NEC products (compared to 2005):
CO2 emissions caused by NEC products were reduced by 45% compared to 2005 due to energy-saving design. NEC has also increased its product related CO2 emission reduction goal for 2010 from 50% to 60% as part of strengthening product support for a healthy environment.

(3) Reducing CO2 emissions produced by NEC customers by 1.89 million tons through innovative new solutions:
CO2 emissions produced by NEC customers were reduced by 1.89 million tons in 2008 through NEC's IT solutions, an improvement of 840 thousand tons (80%) over 2007, when 1.05 million tons was reduced, and a solid position for reaching the 2.2 million ton reduction targeted for 2010. Furthermore, NEC is also positioned to meaningfully contribute to the 10 million ton reduction of CO2 emissions as outlined in the first stage (*2) of the Kyoto Protocol.

<2> Key measures in order to achieve goals
(1) Reducing total CO2 emissions related to production and office activities:
- Manufacturing innovations, distribution innovation (improved transportation efficiency, modal shift; e.g. changing freight transport from air to sea), renewing facilities/equipment, increasing energy conservation among data centers, etc.

(2) Reducing CO2 emissions of equipment while in use:
- Reducing the power consumption of products and IT infrastructure (driving the creation of power conserving products; Eco Symbol Star (*3), etc.)

(3) Contributing to the reduction of customer CO2 emissions through IT solutions
- Solutions supporting work-style innovations (broadband offices, RFID applications, etc.)
- Energy conservation management solutions that create 'visibility' (EcoNavi PC, BEMS/HEMS (*4) etc.)
- Solutions supporting social infrastructure innovations (advanced traffic information systems, remote medical systems, etc.)

(4) Power conservation through adoption of products for a variety of industries
- Power conserving LSI, lithium-ion secondary batteries, etc.

<3> 2008 Environmental activity highlights
1) 'TANSO,' one of the world's highest performing observation sensors, provides valuable information on the Earth, from its satellite docking in space.
2) Energy/cost optimization enables data centers to become a part of 'Green IT.'

Looking forward, the NEC Group will continue working towards the realization of an 'information society friendly to humans and the Earth,' through the promotion of CSR and the advancement of the company's Environmental Management Vision 2010.

(*1) PFC: A greenhouse gas chemical where fluorine (F) has completely substituted the hydrogen (H) of hydrocarbon (C-H). PFCs impact the greenhouse effect thousands to tens of thousands of times more than CO2.
(*2) Kyoto Protocol, stage 1: The first stage of the Kyoto Protocol is a five year period from 2008 to 2012. By the end of the first stage, Japan is responsible for reducing its average annual emission of greenhouse gases by 6% as compared to a baseline figure.
(*3) Eco Symbol Star: An NEC system for contributing to the resolution of environmental issues through the authorization of highly evaluated products.
(*4) BEMS: Building and Energy Management System; HEMS: Home Energy Management System

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