The activities carried out by Hitachi Construction Machinery (Shanghai) for the afforestation of the Horqin desert, which have continued for a 10-year period since 2005, are an example of ecosystem conservation activities. Aiming for the restoration of habitats that have been destroyed and turned to desert due to over-grazing etc. and protection of weak ecosystems, a 100,000m2 desert belt within the Horqin desert of China’s autonomous Inner Mongolia region has been designated as an “HCM Carbon Offset Forest” and afforested, which has contributed greatly to greening. 26 of our partner dealers are participating in our new plan for the next 10 years which commenced in 2015 for the first time, and afforestation of a desert belt of 130,000m2 has begun.
The HCM Group has considered Aichi Targets and other important guidelines*1 in totality on the basis of this assessment, and has formulated the “Ecosystem Conservation Activities and Initiatives List”. The implementation status of initiatives, and targets for the 2016-2018 period have been clearly specified on the basis of the “Ecosystem Conservation Activities and Initiatives List” formulated by the HCM Group, and we are aiming for further progress.