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Social Innovation in Southeast Asia



Southeast Asia's rapid economic growth, urbanisation, and industrialisation are accelerating demand for energy resources and infrastructure development. Yet, with Southeast Asia now facing a critical ecological juncture, there is a need to meet these demands while sustaining their environments. Green technological innovations are a natural conduit to foster socio-economic prosperity while minimising adverse impacts to our world.


Key Sustainability Concerns

While Southeast Asia is one of the world's fastest growing regions, there remain several issues pertinent to the region’s sustainability that could compromise its long-term development.

The Hitachi Way

Hitachi's Social Innovation Business has played a crucial role in several major environmental developments within Southeast Asia, helping to move the region towards a sustainable future.



The projected increase in the region's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2040.


>110 Million

Of Southeast Asia's population who do not have access to clean drinking water.


2.4 Million

The estimated annual number of premature deaths from air pollution in Southeast Asia.




1. Cleaner
& Greener Air

Traffic congestion and factory waste are some of the region's prime sources of pollution. Hitachi is combating these issues by integrating green solutions with industrial infrastructures.

The Hitachi Way

Hitachi is developing low carbon-emitting infrastructure for Southeast Asia’s key manufacturing sectors through Smart tools and technologies.


Hitachi Energy is supplying its battery energy storage systems to Thailand’s largest private microgrid, facilitating the integration of clean energy sources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Source

Singapore’s first Virtual Power Plant will utilise Hitachi Energy’s Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS), which is critical for the management and optimisation of sustainable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions. Source

Hitachi has supplied a 220-kilovolt power transformer for a major solar power plant in Vietnam, supporting more optimised energy production and lowering the nation’s carbon footprints. Source

2. Making Smart
& Prosperous Cities

Ensuring the longevity of Southeast Asia’s developing infrastructures and long-term citizen health is a focal point in the region’s strategies when building new smart cities.

The Hitachi Way

Hitachi partners with government agencies and key corporations throughout Southeast Asia to help develop smart and sustainable cities in the region.


Smart railway systems in the Thailand Red Line offer a more sustainable alternative to automobiles. Source

Hitachi helped to develop the Super Low Energy Building (SLEB) Smart Hub, a one-stop portal to facilitate the easy adoption of the latest green, energy-efficient technologies. Source

The joint venture with Sunway assures consistent energy conservation in the latter’s infrastructures. Source

3. Expanding Clean Water Access

Access to clean water is a pertinent issue in Southeast Asia, which calls for an upgrade of sanitation and water management infrastructure and technologies.

The Hitachi Way

Hitachi has developed cost-effective water leakage management and water sanitation management to combat water scarcity issues in Southeast Asia.


Hitachi Aqua-Tech is embarking on a joint venture with local partner Filinvest to better contribute to solving local challenges with its proven expertise in desalination, sewage treatment and water recycling. Source

Singapore was chosen as the ideal location to field test Hitachi's newly developed solution that identifies areas of potential water leaks using fewer sensors than conventional systems. Source

Date of Release: January 2022