Hitachi

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
60%
Organisation Score
45%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Telecommunications
Head​quarters:
Tokyo, Japan
Brands and Associated Companies
Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Rail
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Hitachi’s top line positions appear to be broadly positive, but the company appears to have had limited engagement with specific climate-related regulation since 2017. Hitachi’s positions on the energy transition are mixed - whilst showing strong support for renewables in multiple markets, there is also evidence of continued support for coal. Hitachi retains memberships to industry associations which have lobbied against climate policy such as Keidanren, Business Europe, and National Association of Manufacturers.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In February 2019 Hitachi stressed the adverse risks of global warming above 2 degrees. However, in the same article, Hitachi suggested that industry, rather than governments, should lead action on climate change. Hitachi CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi, at a Japanese Cabinet Office meeting in November 2020, called for broad but urgent government regulation to achieve decarbonization in various sectors. In December 2020, Nakanishi also signaled an openness to discuss carbon pricing, in a shift from his previous opposition to carbon pricing.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Hitachi appears to have limited engagement with specific climate-related regulation in recent years. In 2017, the company made statements that suggest support for EU energy efficiency standards and regulations, viewing them as opportunities for business expansion. In 2016, Hitachi also actively supported EU renewable energy targets, pushing countries like the UK and Netherlands to further “make strides in investment or risk failure”. In its 2020 CDP response, Hitachi gave limited disclosure on engagement with policymakers which focused on financial and policy assistance for infrastructure exports. Hitachi also disclosed Chairman Nakanishi’s participation in the Future Investment Council (Cabinet Secretariat of Japan), but did not detail the company’s position on climate-related issues.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Hitachi has made statements that suggest support for a low-carbon energy transition, particularly for renewable energy, in the 2020 Hitachi Integrated Report. Previously Hitachi advocated for a greater role for wind power. At the Japan Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) subcommittee on electricity resilience for decarbonization in 2019, Hitachi appeared to support measures to increase renewables in the energy mix. During high-level meetings with the Japanese government in 2020, Hitachi CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi frequently supported upgrades to electricity infrastructure and restarting the nuclear power plants. The Hitachi CEO however strongly opposed proposals to phase out coal power and to end government assistance to international coal projects in the original draft of Japan’s Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement, as reported in April 2019.

Industry Association Governance: Hitachi Global disclosed a list of its industry associations memberships in its Sustainability Report, while the Hitachi U.S.A. website discloses some memberships on a dedicated webpage. Hitachi retains memberships and leadership roles in industry associations negatively engaged on climate policy lobbying. Most notably, since the start of 2018, Hitachi CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi has been chairman of Japanese trade association Keidanren, having previously sat as vice-chair. Keidanren appears to strongly advocate for the sustained role of coal in Japan's energy mix, opposing long-term GHG emission targets and emissions trading schemes.

Hitachi is also a partner company in BusinessEurope, which has vocally advocated against renewable energy and energy efficiency targets in the EU. In the US, Hitachi is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers which has engaged negatively with various forms of US climate-related policy and regulation while strongly supporting the ongoing role of fossil fuels in the US economy. A subsidiary of Hitachi is a member of the National Mining Association, which has actively opposed various strands of climate legislation whilst strongly promoting coal in the energy mix.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NS NS NS NS NA NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 NS NA -1 2 0 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 0 NS 0 NS NS NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
0 NS NA NS NS 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 NS NS NS NS 0 NA NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 NS NS NS NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy
NS 2 NS 0 NS NS NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NS 0 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
0 NS NS NS NS NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS -1 NA NA NA NA NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
39%
 
39%
 
51%
 
51%
 
32%
 
32%
 
50%
 
50%
 
61%
 
61%
 
43%
 
43%
 
27%
 
27%
 
62%
 
62%
 
45%
 
45%
 
50%
 
50%
 
35%
 
35%
 
36%
 
36%
 
72%
 
72%
 
44%
 
44%
 
43%
 
43%
 
29%
 
29%
 
49%
 
49%
 
12%
 
12%
 
46%
 
46%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.