Green factories Management

Energy Management
Each plant uses an energy KPI to keep track of energy usage, and results are reviewed and improved upon on a monthly basis. In 2022the Company consumed 1,411,016,377 million joules of energy in total, which translates to an intensity level of 131,477 million joules per $100-million revenue. Our use of non-renewable energy came to 973,208,827 million joules and we used 437,807,549.81 million joules of renewable energy. Energy-efficiency projects were implemented at each Compal plant; ISO 50001 management system certification was implemented at 5 plants with professional energy assessment companies invited to make measurements, identify and eliminate unnecessary waste, and improve energy efficiency. The results and e xperience were rolled out across all plants.
In 2022, grid instability led to the Chengdu plant using generators to meet critical operational requirements. Total diesel consumption increased by 71.74% as a result. The COVID-19 pandemic led to changes in plant operations and an increase in all types of energy. Compal continued to manage and track all energy resources however, and the experience was used to devise effective control targets and measures that reduce GHG emissions, which is as shown below:
Environmental Plants Actions
Environmental protection measures at the plant
Energy management  The HR management system already has provisions for energy management specialists
Installation of power storage equipment to improve power supply r stability
Set standard for energy unit per unit of production. Daily power consumption is now estimated and tracked.
Office AC is automatically switched off during night shifts. Timer and motion sensors were also installed. Offices are consolidated outside of office hours to reduce the demand on lighting and AC.
Continued replacement of energy efficiency lighting
Give priority to natural lighting in new building designs to reduce need for illuminatio
Air conditioning
Turn basic facilities on or off depending on production status
Adjust the pressure of compressed air throughout the plant
Assessment and improvement of separate shop floor AC zones
Through professional energy measurement, we have adjusted our air conditioning usage model or switched to dedicated compressors to improve cooling efficiency
Cooking of employee meals
Switch from LPG to electricity

Water Reduction

According to a report published by the World Water Forum, a water risk has been identified in recent years as one of the risks with the greatest potential impact on the world. Any physical risk (including water shortage, flooding, water quality and ecosystem impact), monitoring or reputation risk related to water resources could escalate into financial and operational risks for enterprises should it ever go out of control.

The water risk assessment tool rated Compal’s Taiwan, Nanjing, Chongqing, and Chengdu as having to low-to-medium risk. Kunshan plant was classified as medium-to-high risk, Brazil plant was classified as high risk, and Vietnam plant classified as extremely high risk. In terms of surface water pollution and biodiversity for fresh water organisms, all Compal plants have been identified to be under high risks. All our plants are situated in industrial areas and that Compal does not possess/rent/manage any facility that is located in areas of ecological protection/water resource protection/areas with water resource pressure and as such, the Company is not faced with immediate risks in terms of water quality, water pricing and sources of water supply. Nevertheless, we must be aware of the presence of potential risks in order to be able to take corresponding measures in advance to mitigate potential impacts.

Compal’s use of water is only limited to general activities as we do not use water in our production processes. As such, the Company’s water consumption is less than 1/100 of the water supply capacity at various industrial parks.

Given the importance of water resources to global sustainability Compal has implemented total water resource management and gradually introduced water-efficient products and advocated good living habits in order to mitigate our impact on water resources and the environment. Ever since 2011, we have been paying close attention to the use of water resources at all our plants. For all Compal facilities, water resources have been supplied by the local water works. Our total water consumption came to 2,499,769 tonnes based on our monthly water utility bills for the year). Each plant was systematically upgraded with water-saving equipment to mitigate the impact of domestic sewage on catchments. To set an example, eco-label hand wash with bio-degradable ingredients was adopted throughout Compal’s Taipei Headquarters to further reduce impact on catchments when all wastewater is already compliant with discharge standards.

Company is not in a water-intensive industry and most water is for domestic use by employees Planning on water conservation therefore focused mainly infrastructure maintenance and improvement. We are continuing to monitor the situation on water resources without compromising on environmental sanitation and prevention of infectious diseases. Production with water conservation is merely the first step in Compal’s effort to save water. We have examined the source of water consumption in our value chain and as our production requires no water consumption, our water consumption is primarily attributed to relevant processes involved for raw materials.

Supplier water risk assessment was therefore included in the investigation of supplier environmental performance in 2022. Compal will also work closely with relevant stakeholders and local governments in our operating locations to support strategies that ensures sustainable water resource management.
Waste Management and Source Reduction

Owing to the nature of the industry, Compal generates only a small amount of hazardous industrial waste. The main types of waste include PCB printing scraps, cleaning agents and alcohol used for the SMT process Note and reflow oven, waste solder generated from the soldering furnace, and scrapped equipment; all of which are collected by local certified recyclers and treated in ways that comply with the law. Compal generated a total of 997.7 tonnes of hazardous industrial waste, which represented 14.1% of total waste generated. An investigation found no environmental violations or fines were imposed against the waste disposal contractors at each plant in 2022. The waste management process satisfied all contractual and legal obligations. 963,034 kg of hazardous industrial waste was generated by the production process and 90.9% were recycled.

Note: Surface-mount technology (SMT) is an electronic mounting technique from the 1960s first developed by the IBM Company in the US and reached maturity in the late 1980s. This technology allows electronic components, such as resistors, capacitors, transistors, and integrated circuits, to be mounted onto the surface of printed circuit boards, and through soldering to become electronic assemblies. Reference: Wikipedia Waste reduction and diversion from landfill was introduced at the Chongqing, Nanjing, and Kunshan plants. Waste was sorted into detailed categorizes to optimize the waste management model. Source reduction was also instituted by discussing with suppliers a switch to reusable pallets and packaging materials, and more use of recyclable materials. Non-recyclable waste generated was disposed of through incineration and used as fuel for energy generation, successfully reducing the total amount of waste. Kunshan No. 2 plant has received UL 2799 platinum certification, while Chongqing (CQA), Nanjing, Kunshan No.1 and Kunshan No.3 are continuing to implement platinum-grade management standards in line with UL 2799. As depicted in the following table, the Company generates two types of waste: general waste and industrial waste. General waste mainly comes from offices and living areas, whereas industrial waste is produced by our plants.

Updated on July 20, 2023