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Reduce Environmental Load Generated at All Our Places of Business

The HTS Group is working to reduce environmental load generated at our sites by actively introducing eco-friendly vehicles and energysaving devices for the realization of decarbonization in the business processes.
The energy consumed by the HTS Groups includes electricity (approximately 70%) and fuel (approximately 30%), and we taking the following measures for energy saving and global warming.

Energy saving and global warming countermeasures implemented in buildings

Introduction of LED lighting fixtures

Introduction of LED lighting

We are proactively installing LED lighting fixtures in new logistics centers and offices. We are also replacing existing fluorescent/ mercury lights with LED lighting fixtures in the existing facilities and will continue until the replacement is completed in all facilities.
Number of sites with LED lighting fixturesNew sites: 1
New sites: 23
CO2 emissions suppressed with LED lighting fixtures1,471 t-CO2

Scope: HTS, domestic/ overseas group companies

・Electricity consumption in buildings

Electricity consumption per "floor space" in "buildings"
[Reduction target for energy consumption intensity]
FY2020 TargetFY2020 Result
Compare to FY2018
Compare to FY2018

Introduce renewable energy

In-house consumption type solar power generation equipment has already introduced at four bases, but we are considering introducing it at other bases as well.

Energy saving and global warming countermeasures of vehicles

The HTS Group strives to reduce CO2 emissions generated by vehicle fuel through such initiatives as the introduction of the advanced eco-friendly vehicles, promotion of eco-friendly driving and promotion modal shift.

Making the shift to eco-friendly vehicles and encouraging eco-friendly driving

eco-friendly vehicles

We are promoting the shift to eco-friendly vehicles (highly fuel efficient, low-pollution vehicles). We achieved the eco-friendly vehicle ownership ratio of 100% at the end of FY2016, except for certain special vehicles. We will further promote the shift to the advanced ecofriendly vehicles with better environmental performance in order to reduce air pollutant emissions and will also promote eco-friendly driving, etc. to reduce environmental load.

・HTS Group eco-friendly vehicle ownership ratio (domestic)

eco-friendly vehicle ownership ratio graph

*1: Totals shown are business and personal vehicles combined (excludes special vehicles)
*2: Eco-friendly vehicles are as follows: hybrid, natural gas, and electric, as well as highly fuel-efficient vehicles certified by the government (vehicles meeting a specified standard), and low emissions vehicles

・Vehicle fuel efficiency (domestic)

Improve fuel efficiency by vehicle type (distance driven/ fuel consumptions)
[CO2 emissions reduction target]
FY2020 TargetFY2020 Result
Compared to FY2018 +2%Compared to FY2018 -2.3%

Introduction of double-trailer trucks

Double-Trailer Trucks

Vantec Central Logistics Corporation, our group company, introduced two sets of 21-meter long double-trailer trucks and started operation under the "Project to promote CO2 emissions reduction measures in the transport sector" which is a joint project by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The company has continued this project since FY2019 and will verify safety and driving management through actual operation to further improve logistics efficiency.

・FY2019 result

Introduction vehicleTwo sets of 21-meter long double-trailer trucks
Operation routeFrom Fuji city, Shizuoka Prefecture to Nantan city, Kyoto Prefecture
Start operationTrial operation in February 2019, Actual operation from August 2019

Introduction of electric truck -Hitachi Transport System (China), Ltd. Beijing Branch-

electric truck

In China, the "Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution" was revised in 2018, and environment related regulations have been tightened including frequent car exhaust emission inspections on the road. Under such circumstance, Hitachi Transport System (China), Ltd., our group company, introduced a 3-ton electric truck in March 2021 and is using it to deliver imported goods in Beijing and collect discarded ATMs. As the driving range per charge of this truck is approximately 200 kilometers, and there are not yet sufficient charging stations in Beijing, we are now creating operation rules including checking the remaining battery charge and planning a round-trip route before driving.

Going forward, we will encourage partner transport companies to purchase electric trucks by sharing operation expertise in an effort to expand the use of electric trucks and achieve decarbonized society with partner transport companies.

Recycling of plastic pallet

Left:waste pallets Right:recycled pallets

PALENET CO., LTD., our group company engaging in sales and rental of plastic pallets, provides returned pallets, that are broken and unusable, as materials for new pallets to a recycled plastic pallet manufacturing company in which the company holds a stake, instead of disposing them. In FY2020, the company sold approximately 22,000 waste pallets and contributed to the reduction of waste plastic.

Providing Logistics Services with Less Environmental Load

The HTS Group has incorporated energy saving and modal shift into its logistics services to provide optimum solutions to customers and proposes reduction of environmental load in overall supply chain.

Reduction of environmental impact by sharing facilities and equipment
- Collaboration with SAGAWA EXPRESS Co., Ltd. -

HTS and SAGAWA EXPRESS Co., Ltd. are promoting sales collaboration that leverages the strengths of both companies to reduce environmental load. In cases such as when relocating an office from the suburbs to the city center, it is often difficult to operate the Group's large vehicles depending on the road conditions at the relocation site. In such cases, the use of SAGAWA EXPRESS Co., Ltd. sales offices as relay bases makes it possible to transship cargo from large vehicles to vehicles of a size that matches the conditions of the destination and to provide back-and-forth transport to the new location, thereby reducing the total number of transport vehicles by optimizing the number of vehicles operated. This initiative is expected to not only reduce costs, but also reduce CO2 emissions.

Sharing Facilities with SAGAWA EXPRESS CO., LTD

Milkrun of automobile parts in North America

Carter Express, a Group company in North America, provides distinctive services that make full use of operational know-how cultivated through experience to date and reliable transportation capacity, such as auto parts transportation by truck within the United States making use of its unique "Shared Milkrun" business model, as well as cross-border transportation among Canada, the United States, and Mexico, which are members of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
For example, joint transportation (Shared Milkrun) in a milk run that collects products from multiple suppliers of multiple customers reduces the number of trucks in operation and mileage, which not only reduces logistics costs but also contributes significantly to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the customer's supply chain.

Promotion of modal shift

Modal shift in Japan

The HTS Group is actively promoting modal shift from truck transport to rail and sea transport with the goal of developing new customers and new routes in order to reduce CO2 emissions and alleviate the shortage of truck drivers.

Newly developed routes and customers (number)

RailFY2019Route11 routes
  • Transport of industrial equipment using 12-foot containers from Chiba Prefecture various locations in Japan
FY2020Route11 routes
  • Transport of industrial equipment using 12-foot containers from Chiba Prefecture various locations in Japan
SeaFY2019Customer2 cases
  • Transport of beverages from Miyazaki Prefecture to Chiba Prefecture using 12-meter trailers
  • Transport of waste plastic from Kanagawa Prefecture to Fukuoka Prefecture using a 12-meter trailers

Promotion of overseas intermodal*

The HTS Group has introduced special containers to promote modal shift not only domestics but overseas and reduce CO2 emissions globally.
For example our Turkish group company Mars Logistics Group Inc. is focusing on unique cross-border transportation, which includes sea transportation from Turkish sites such as Istanbul to Italy, rail transportation from Italy to Luxembourg, and truck transportation from Luxembourg to major cities in EU, and by so doing it realizes high-efficiency and less environmental load, and sustainable logistics.

* Intermodal: Multimodal transportation combining trucks, ships, railroad, etc.

Modal shift of recyclable resources waste transportation

The HTS Group contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions by further promoting modal-shift to the sea transport in transporting recyclable materials such as waste plastics segregated from wastes.
We had been implementing a modal shift to transportation with ships using self-developed containers for recycled materials. In FY2019, we introduced new containers and achieved further efficiency improvement.
This is due to the fact that the introduction of new containers has made it possible both to increase load capacity and shorten unloading time, and the number of containers transported has been reduced to about two-thirds each month, and some other factors.
In addition, comparing the CO2 emissions of the case where all processes are transported by dump truck, this means that the reduction is approximately over 40%. In recognition of these "efforts to improve transportation efficiency of recyclable resource waste transportation by developing special new transportation containers," we received the "Logistics Environment Special Award (FY2019)" at the 21st Logistics Environment Awards.
While problems such as marine plastic waste pollution have been pointed out, HTS will continue to contribute to solving environmental problems by promoting a modal shift and providing logistics services with less environmental load on the recycling industry.

self-developed new containers  improvement of transportation efficiency by modal shift of recyclable waste transportation, CO2 emissions reduction

modal shift of recyclable resources waste transportation

Reduction in environmental load by opening a joint terminal

Mito Transport Center

The Mito Transport Center, which was opened in Tokai Village, Naka-gun, Ibaraki in February 2021 as part of the major measure of a centralized vehicle assignment center plan, is a joint terminal not only for the Group but also for regional business partners. It has an aim of achieving efficient business operations in the entire transport ecosystem including partners by sharing transport resources in the region (cargo/vehicle information, offices, and garages, etc.).

The introduction of SSCV-Smart, an online system that connects cargo owners and transporters, will enable the center to centrally manage everything from acquisition of transport projects to vehicle assignment, issuing of driving instructions, and billing. The system is thus expected to reduce environmental load through improved business efficiency as seen by effects such as reduction in CO2 emissions and paper usage.

Overseas transportation vehicle sharing service

Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and HTS have started a transportation vehicle sharing service business in Thailand. By managing the data of the shipper's orders and the vacant vehicle information (return trip) of the delivery company, the effective use of vehicles is realized by automatically matching data and creating an optimum delivery plan. This service supports the sustainable development of Thailand's economy, as well as leads to the improvement of transportation efficiency resulting from the decrease in the number of traveling vehicles due to the improvement of the loading rate, and thus helping to reduce traffic congestion, accidents and air pollution, which have been serious social problems in Thailand.

Reduction of environmental load by increasing the size of transportation vehicles

The Group's company Vantec is working with SAGAWA EXPRESS CO., LTD. to reduce the environmental load by increasing the size of transportation vehicles. By switching from transportation in the Kanto area and Chubu area, which was previously carried out by 10-ton trucks, to transportation by 20-ton trailers, the number of transportation vehicles has been reduced, which realized a reduction of the environmental load.

Development of "volume reduction" measures aimed at reducing plastic waste

HTS has been considering the introduction of "volume reduction" stretch film through collaboration by the environmental management division and the technology development division. Stretch film is used when packing up stacked luggage, etc., but since it is disposed of as waste plastic after use, replacing it with a thinner material can lead to a reduction in the amount of waste plastic generated. It will be possible to maintain functionality as a packaging material and reduce volume at the same time. Therefore, HTS is aiming at reducing plastic waste by conducting market research and collecting information on stretch films that are thinner than the current one.

Award in packaging technology

Received three awards of "Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award," "Appropriate Packaging Award," and "Large-sized Equipment Packaging Award" at the Japan Packaging Contest 2020

At "Japan Packaging Contest 2020" hosted by the Japan Packaging Institute, three examples of packaging jigs developed by our company received awards for their superiority in reducing environmental load. The "Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award" is given to outstanding works in the field of packaging and packaging materials that contribute to the optimization of packaging in particular, such as reducing the volume of space, simplifying packaging, and reducing weight. This is a JAPAN STAR Award, the top award in this contest.

Awarded case Award name
One-way stacking jig"Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (JAPAN STAR Award)"
Appropriate packaging of new-model Cyclone (vacuum cleaner)Appropriate Packaging Award
Adjuster-removable cushioningLarge-sized Equipment Packaging Award

Operation of shared automated warehouse for EC logistics

HTS launched an EC platform center engaging in logistics services for EC operators in 2019. This center has achieved long hour operations, including at night, with standardized operation and automated equipment, allowing us to carry out logistics operations of multiple EC operators with one platform and to improve logistics efficiency and reduce environmental load by sharing facilities and equipment.
When comparing with the CO2 emissions of the traditional logistics which uses multiple sites for each EC operator, although there are some increasing factors including a rise in electricity consumption due to expanded use of laborsaving and automated equipment, if we consolidate sites of up to 30 operators to the EC platform, we can expect an approximately 30% reduction in emission in one year through improvement of energy efficiency.This initiative was recognized, and we received "Advanced Technology Award" in the "22nd Logistics Environment Awards."

EC platform

Estimate of CO₂ reduction effect

Support for decarbonization of customers' businesses through SCDOS
-Accurate identification and visualization of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions and reductions in the supply chain-

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and serious in many parts of the world. In order to curb climate change, which is believed to be the cause of those, the reduction of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions is a matter of urgency.
In response, companies are asked to accurately identify and reduce the greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions from their business activities. And with the expansion of ESG investment, a framework is being put in place to strictly evaluate the quality of ESG investment.
In this environment, HTS is working to decarbonize both our customers and ourselves by adding a CO2 emission monitoring function to the SCDOS supply chain optimization cloud-based solution in order to accurately identify and visualize the amount of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions and reductions in the supply chain.

Improve Eco-Mind Level and Enhance Eco-Management System

The HTS Group is working to raise the environmental awareness of its employees through environmental education and other means. In FY2019, we reviewed the existing environmental management system to track the actual data more accurately and conduct monitoring activities. In addition, we investigate the environmental load of our business establishments and important environmental laws and regulations overseas, and strive to manage the environmental load and ensure legal compliance.

Raising environmental awareness

Environmental e-learning

Every year, e-learning is provided mainly for domestic employees, in order to facilitate employees' understanding of global warming, resources recycling and ecosystem integrity.
In addition, e-learning for "HTS Group Code of Conduct" contains programs about environment to disseminate the importance of environment as business ethics to employees.

Attendance rate of environmental e-learning
courses (domestic) (FY2020)

Improving environmental awareness by creating and deploying environmental management procedure manuals

In order to share know-how within the Group such as knowledge and experience of on-site environmental management in each field, for maintaining and improvement of the level of environmental management, we have compiled "manuals" by roughly separating environment-related operations into three fields of "environment," "waste," and "vehicle," and deployed these as a platform.

Continuing training for eco-friendly driving (domestic)

To reduce CO2 emissions by improving vehicle fuel efficiency, we appoint an eco-driving promotion manager at each sites and promote eco-driving education for promotion managers and drivers.

Number of completed eco-friendly driving trainings persons (as of March, 2020*)

Number of eco-friendly driving promotion managers204
Number of employee drivers1,740

(Group training was not held in FY2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)

Utilization of management system (domestic)

Management systems currently in use

System nameIntroduction purposeNumber of sites
as of March, 2021
Industrial waste management system[Manifest management under the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act]
Improving the management level of waste and other emissions through complete renewal that emphasizes operability and efficiency
233 sites
Environmental load research system[Survey of energy consumption such as electricity and fuel under the Act on Rational Use of Energy, etc.]
Improvement of accuracy of environmental load data by improvement of input/aggregation operations
307 sites
Vehicle management system[Management of vehicle fuel consumption, mileage, registration information under the Act on Rational Use of Energy, the Law Concerning Special Measures for Total Emission Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides and Particulate Matter from Automobiles in Specified Areas, etc.]
Improvement of vehicle management levels by improving operability and functionalities
891 sites
CFC calculation system[Strengthening compliance with the Act on Rational Use and Appropriate Management of Fluorocarbons]
Strengthening compliance and reduction of business management man-hours

Boosting of the management level through continuing training and conferences

We are working to improve the level of environmental management through a variety of training and meetings.

Training aimed at maintaining and improving the level of environmental management

We strive to maintain and improve the level of environmental management by continuously conducting environmental training.

  1. Training for waste management personnel
    We continue to provide training for employees in charge of waste management aiming at promoting treatment that complies with laws and regulations without fail, leading to proper management of waste and improvement of the recycling rate.
  2. Training for environment management operation
    We have been working to foster environmental awareness by continuously conducting environmental education for new employees, new assistant managers and managers. In FY2020, the education focused on understanding social trends and growing expectations of corporations regarding SDGs and ESG investment, as well as understanding business activities toward decarbonization.

Holding environmental promotion conference

We share environmental information in Japan and overseas to improve environmental awareness and the management level.

Number of environment conferences held (FY2020)Domestic: environmental promotion conference 2 times
Oversea: environmental officers meeting 2 times

Promotion of voluntary operation improvement at sites

We carry out equipment and device inspections once a year using a checklist to comply with the Act on Rational Use of Energy at each site, which leads to reduction of electricity use by improving equipment operation.

Number of sites subjected to facility inspections (domestic) (FY2020)169 sites

We voluntarily set environmental priority themes targeting daily activities at each site once a fiscal year, to raise employee awareness of the environment.

Number of sites subjected to environment priority theme establishment (domestic) (FY2020)184 sites

Performance of internal environmental audit

We perform internal audit to prevent or promptly correct violations of the environmental compliance and improve the management level.

Number of sites audited (domestic) (FY2020)84 sites

Third-party certification Initiatives

HTS Group seeks third-party certification and the Sustainability Promotion Department has acquired the "Eco Stage" certification.
From FY2017, we have upgraded the certification level to "Eco Stage II" which is equivalent to ISO14001.In FY2019, Hitachi Transport System Central Japan, Co., Ltd., our group company, independently acquired "Eco Stage II Certification," and the entire Group has worked to improve the environmental management level. In addition, as of April 2021, we have earned "Green Management Certification" at 18 of our truck transport sites and eight of our warehouses.
Building on these management systems, we are committed to ongoing reduction of environmental load.

Eco Stage II Certification

Eco Stage II Certification

Green Management Certification

Green Management Certification

Scope of Eco Stage 2325 sites
(All sites in Japan as of the end of March 2021)

Scope:HTS, Domestic group companies

Environmental compliance

Ensuring compliance in overseas offices

We identify important environmental laws and regulations related to "Transport and Warehouse Business" in overseas sites and conduct research on their outline in 29 countries and regions from FY2017 to ensure proper operation management in each site.
In FY2020, we completed research on Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, bringing the total number of researched countries and regions to 18.

Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

The number of non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations at HTS in FY2020 was 0.

Promote Symbiosis with Nature and Environmental Communications

The HTS Group promotes resource recycling initiatives with consciousness of nature conservation, environmental communication such as dissemination of environmental information within the Company and environmental activities at each site, and strengthens disclosure of environmental information externally.

Boosting communication on the environment

Environmental communication initiatives include cleanup projects in areas surrounding our offices and facilities, and turning off lights as well as ongoing education to employees.

Posting education articles in the company magazine

We have posted general knowledge about the environment and examples of initiatives and topics in the Group magazine, which is distributed to Group companies as well, to raise the environmental awareness of employees and their families, and also to promote active participation in environmental initiatives. In FY2020, a series of easy-to-understand articles was posed on the company intranet about various environmental laws and regulations.

Establishment of clean-up activities/light-down -environment monthly-

As environmental communication activities, we have implemented clean-up activities and light down around our sites.
In order to promote the understanding of employees regarding the environment, in line with World Environment Day on June 5, which is set by the United Nations, since FY2015 HTS has designated June, including this day, as HTS Group Environment Month, and has been promoting environmental beautification activities and social contribution activities around the common theme of "contribution to local community." In F2020, the timing of activities was changed and countermeasures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Clean-up activities around sites

・Clean-up activities around sites

Tree-planting establishment around sites

・Tree-planting establishment around sites

Eco cap activity

・Eco cap activity

Green curtain installation

・Green curtain installation

Collection and donation of used clothing

・Collection and donation of used clothing

Implementation of light down

・Implementation of light down

Promotion of resource recycling/Protection of forest timber resources

Maintaining and increasing of recycling rate

In order to recycle the waste generated in our business activities as much as possible, we have been actively promoting the implementation of waste emission control measures and efforts to reduce the amount of landfill disposal in the Group overall, and striving to maintain and improve the recycling rate.

Recycling rate (FY2020)TargetResult

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

Promoting green purchasing

We try to promote Green Purchasing when purchasing office supplies by choosing stationery made from recycled materials, recycled paper, etc.

Green purchasing rate* (FY2020)TargetResult

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

*Green purchasing rate: the ratio of office supplies purchased at the e-sourcing MALL (an electronic purchasing system) that are environmentally-friendly products.

Reduction of water consumption

Water used for car washing and dust control is also a limited resource, therefore we have been working to reduce the amount of water consumption by using this efficiently.

Reduction of water consumption intensity per floor space (FY2020)TargetResult
YoY -1%YoY -6.1%

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

Reduction of copy paper

To protect forest resources, we have been working to reduce the amount of copy paper used by promoting paperless meeting materials.

Rate of reducing copy paper consumption (FY2020)TargetResult
YoY -1%YoY ±0%

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

Total amount of copy paper used (sheets)
converted to A4 size

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

Environmental disclosure

HTS participated in (responded to) the CDP*1 Questionnaire for the first time and received a high rating of A-, the leadership level, for its climate change initiatives and information disclosure. With regard to climate change-related issues, HTS has strengthened our management system, including at the board level, identified climate-related risks and opportunities from short-, medium-, and long-term perspectives, estimated the financial impact, and studied and implemented countermeasures according to the level of importance, and considered climate-related risks and opportunities as important issues in its business strategy. Those and it being transparent in setting medium-to-long-term environmental targets, taking actions for mitigation, and implementing measures gained it a high rating.
We are also preparing for the implementation of the declaration of CO2 reduction targets (setting of SBT*2) based on scientific evidence, and we have been working on "Environmental Accounting*3" in order to effectively promote its environmental efforts.

*1 CDP: An international non-profit organization that globally evaluates corporate efforts related to climate change and water.
*2 SBT: Abbreviation for Science Based Target, an international initiative that certifies companies that set ambitious targets that are consistent with the 2-degree goal.
*3 Environmental accounting: A system in which companies, etc. recognize the costs of environmental protection in their business activities and the effects obtained from those activities, and measure and convey them as quantitatively as possible (in monetary units or physical quantities).

Participation in Green Value Chain Platform by the Ministry of the Environment

As part of the ESG management initiatives, from FY2019 we have been a member of the Network for Promoting Decarbonized Management of the Green Value Chain Platform organized by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and we participate in regular study sessions. In FY2020, we collected information on the latest trends in SBT, renewable energy procurement methods, and case studies of other companies.

Environment Data

Environmental protection investment and cost (FY2020)

(Millions of yen)

1. Cost within the HTS business activities533.83,284.0
2. Upstream and downstream costs00
3. Managerial activity costs0527.6
4. R&D costs00
5. Social efforts costs022.5
6. Other costs00.5

Aggregation method

  • Reporting period: the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021)
  • Scope: HTS, domestic group companies
  • Reference source: "Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005" published by the Ministry of the Environment

Energy consumption (crude oil equivalent)

Unit: kl/(inside parenthesis): composition ratio

ElectricityGas oilGasolineOtherTotal

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

CO2 emissions and intensity per revenues

CO2 emissions and Intensity per revenues graph

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

* CO2 emissions are total of Scope 1 and 2

Scope 1 total emissions (FY2020)

Greenhouse GasScope 1 emissions (CO2 equivalent)
CO2 (ton)40,669
CH4 (ton)0
N2O (ton)0
HFC (ton)0
PFC (ton)0
SF6 (ton)0
NF3 (ton)0

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies
Global warming coefficient used: IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5-100 year values)

CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain

Emissions of hazardous waste

Hazardous wasteEmission
PCB (ton)001.1

Scope: HTS, domestic group companies

Internal carbon pricing

Internal carbon pricing for fiscal 2020 is as follows.

SubjectScope2 CO2emissions (electricity use in FY2020)
Pricing44,000 Yen/t-CO2

Environmental Data

The following is environmental data.

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