Hitachi is a well-known global company covering a wide variety of fields including electronics, construction machinery and rail transportation. Looking at its global and European website there is hardly any hint that it might be involved in coal power plant construction – rather it appears to be involved in nuclear power and renewable energy. However Hitachi is one of the shortlisted bidders for the Tuzla 7 lignite power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and through a joint subsidiary with Mitsubishi – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH– the company has been involved in some coal projects in the EU, including Walsum 10 in Germany, Kozienice 11 in Poland and Ptolemaida V in Greece.
Hitachi has a set of environmental guidelines and action plans that can be quoted in communication with the company. In addition, while doing business in the EU or potential EU countries, it can be argued that companies should act in line with EU legislation.
Given the size of Hitachi globally, it is not easy to find the right department in the company. The company has Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) division that deals with inquiries from the public. The online text-only inquiry form can be filled, note however there is a 2,000 character limit (with spaces) which considerably reduces your option in communicating fully the breadth and depth of your concerns. Therefore it is worth sending a hard copy or fax of a letter as well in order to make sure it gets through.
It may also be useful to contact Japanese NGO network Kikonet (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to better be able to target your communication towards the company.
If the project in question is in Europe, try contacting:
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0)203 / 80 38 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)203 / 80 38 – 1809
Hitachi Headquarters in Tokyo:
Dr. Shigeru Azuhata – Executive Vice President and Executive Office
Nihon Seimei Marunouchi Building, 6-6, Marunouchi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 100-8280 Japan
For Turkey, Hitachi has its own website