Compal's green product designs are based on the concept of "Product Life Cycle". We take into account a product's environmental impact from raw material purchase, production, shipment, and usage all the way to its disposal or recycling at the end-stage. In the design phase, developers are required to focus not only on users’ requirements, functionality, and added value but also to "minimize environmental burden" on each of the different stages. In 2020, 86.64% of notebook products have obtained the environmental protection label, 63 products have passed the U.S. Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT 2018), 26 products have obtained the Gold-level certification, another 25 products have obtained the Taiwan green mark, 28 products have obtained the TCO label, and 35 products have obtained the China Environmental Labelling. There are 5 models of LCD monitors have obtained the China Environmental Labelling, and 4 models have obtained the TCO label.
Inspired by decades of practical experience, Compal believes that green products must possess three design features: “green materials”, “energy efficiency”, and “ease of dis-assembly/recycling”. Compal's environment-friendly designs have also been aligned with international trends and the needs of its stakeholders and customers to achieve the best eco-effectiveness.
Energy Efficient and Low-carbon Design
EU Eco-Design Requirements for Energy-relative Products and U.S. Energy Star
Compal is not among the industries with high in energy consumption. After examining the whole product life cycle, we have found that the largest proportion of energy consumption is in the product use stage. In view of the different standards used in each region and country, we have adopted the US Energy Star as the standard to inspect the product energy saving status. Compal has planned to improve the design ability of software and hardware R&D personnel, establish modular design, implement the audit forms produced by the software and hardware departments, and carry out the quality control sampling verification after mass production, so as to ensure that all products shipped can meet the requirements of laws and regulations. In 2020, a total of 110 models have been mass produced, of which 95 models have passed the ENERGY STAR standard. In addition, 5 models of LCD monitors have also passed the certification. Compal shall continue to pay attention to and grasp the trend and evolution energy-related regulations, and effectively manufacture products that comply with ever-changing product energy efficiency regulations and certifications through pre-planning and assessing the scope of impact and risks towards products.
Ease of Dis-assembly and Recycling
In 2020, Compal assisted in calculating the recycling ratio of 49 models. Among them, 47 projects have a recycling ratio of over 80%, and 12 projects have a recycling ratio of over 95%. This far exceeds the expected recycling ratio of 65% set by the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE).
EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
For Compal, issues such as waste reduction and re-use of resources have already been taken into consideration during the design stage, where environmentally friendly materials are used as much as possible while numerous design improvements are introduced to make products easier to recycle. The following are some of the environmental, sustainable, and renewable designs that Compal has put in place:
- Prohibit or reduce the use of harmful chemicals.
- Try to use a single type of plastic material.
- Actively develop and introduce recycled plastics and biodegradable plastics into electronic products.
- The product plastic shall be compatible with the raw materials of chemical surface treatment to achieve the purpose of recycling.
- Products are designed for easy disassembly and recycling.
- The modular design of the product enables the main components to be easily replaced and upgraded, so as to extend the life cycle of the product.
- Packaging materials shall be marked with recyclable signs to remind consumers to recycle when they are abandoned.
- Material ingredients shall be marked for plastic parts weigh over 25g, which is beneficial to the back-end recycling operation and improvement of recycling efficiency.
Packaging materials play an important role in the process of products delivery from the completion of production to the hands of consumers as they provide buffer protection and prevention of collisions during product transportation. Compal continues to improve packaging design, reducing packaging volume, design of optimal volume utilization, and simplification of packaging design, so that it should mitigate the impact of packaging materials on the environment. Starting from 2010, each pallet can only accommodate 60 products. Afterwards, Compal has started to optimize packaging material storage planning, simplify packaging procedures, reduce packaging material volume, and seek more reliable buffer structures and materials. By 2014, each pallet could already accommodate 102 -120 product items, representing a reduction in transportation volume by half. In 2015, the three-piece EPE buffer materials from the top, middle and bottom of notebooks were integrated and optimized into a one-piece type, so the material volume was reduced by 50%, the volume by 48%, and working hours by 67%. In 2016, Compal also began to focus on improving the packaging process, enabling automated equipment, improving product manufacturing efficiency, and effectively reducing the rate of human error. In 2018, packaging material design was optimized through the change in packaging material structure and size, such that the same protection effect was achieved with the same material. With estimations of shipments to a single customer from a single plant in a year, transportation costs can be reduced by RMB 1,000,000 compared with that of the previous year, and the cost of packaging materials can be reduced by RMB 1,463,313. As such, it has not only helped save company operation costs, but also reduce the consumption of energy and resources. Based on packaging optimization project for notebooks in 2020, the packaging material design was employed to change the buffer structure and eliminate the partitions, thus effectively saving material and labor costs. After internal actuarial calculations, the project benefit could reach NT$5,581,620.
Updated on September 11, 2021