Green factories Management

Energy Management
 
The energy use shall be tracked by each plant on a monthly basis for KPI management, and the achievement status shall be checked month by month, and then improvement measures and plans shall be put forward. In 2020, the total energy consumption is 1,403,493,128.05 million joules, the energy intensity is 133,802 million joules per 100 million yuan of revenue. The consumption of non-renewable energy is 924,597,144 million joules, and the consumption of renewable energy is 460,718,744 million joules.
Compal has promoted energy conservation projects in all plants. It has promoted ISO 50001 certification in three plants and invites energy professional assessment companies to conduct measurement to find invalid energy waste, which aims to improve and promote the results and experience to all plants.

In the previous year, the use of emergency generators in the Kunshan area increased sharply due to power problems, leading to a significant increase in diesel use. The power supply was stable throughout 2020, and diesel use decreased by 94.61%. Due to the impact of the epidemic, the interaction between plants has decreased, resulting in a decrease of 52.87% in gas energy intensity, while energy intensity of natural gas consumption decreased by 47.31% because of increased use of solar water heaters in mainland plants. Compal will continue to track various energy resources management, and formulate effective management and control targets and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The energy consumption of the plant areas includes the R&D center in Taiwan, Pingzhen, Guanyin and the plants in Kunshan, Chongqing, Chengdu, Nanjing, Vietnam and Brazil, show as below:
 
 
Environmental Plants Actions
Items Measure
Education and promotion
•Send promotional e-posters.
•Post energy saving slogans.
Electricity for lighting
•Replacement of T5, LED and other energy-saving lamps.
•Use natural lighting to reduce lighting demand.
•Install time controller and sensing controller, Conduct official business at a
centralized location after work to reduce lighting and air-conditioning needs.
•Posted electricity saving warning on switching facilities.
Electricity for AC

•Temperature setting: no less than 26°C in summer and no higher than 21°C in the winter.
•Through professional energy measurement, adjust the air conditioner mode, or
replace with special air compressor equipment to improve the efficiency of air
conditioning.

Elevator with frequency conversion system
•The elevator will not be stopped for the next floor, and the number of elevators working will be halved at night and during holidays.
Adopt intelligent automatic dispatching system for the elevator.
Promote the ides of taking more stairs instead of elevator.
Hot water supply •The oil for boiling water in doemitories is replaced by electricity, and the hot water in dormitories is supplied by heat pump system or solar water heater.

 

Water Reduction
According to the water resources report of the World Economic Forum, water risk has been on the list of the most influential risks in the world in recent years. In the physical risk (including water shortage, flood, water quality and ecosystem impact), regulatory risk and reputation risk faced by water resources, any risk out of control will be transformed into the financial and operational risk of the enterprise. In terms of water risk assessment tools, the assessment of water pressure is conducted for Compal Taiwan, Nanjing, Chongqing, and Chengdu plants, which are classified as low-risk areas, while those of Kunshan, Bacheng, Brazil and Vietnam are regarded as high-risk areas. In the surface water pollution and the change of fresh water biological richness, all the plants are listed in the high-risk level. Although the plants are located in the industrial zone, no plant is owned, rented or managed in the ecological protection zone, water resource protection zone or water resource pressure zone, and there is no immediate risk in the water quality, water price and water supply source. However, only if we understand the risk can we be able to take measures as early as possible.
Compal’s water resource is only used for general domestic water, not for processing. The water consumption is less than 1/100 of the water supply capacity of each industrial area. In view of the important influence mechanism of water resources on the sustainable development of the world, Compal has fully implemented water resources management and promoted the gradual use of water-saving products and the living habits of its employees to save water and reduce the impact on water resources and the environment. Since 2011, all plants have continued to pay attention to the use of tap water. The water is provided by the local waterworks. In 2020, new addition of Vietnam & Guanyin plant, the total water consumption is 2,543,277 tons and the data comes from the summary of water bills in each month.
In order to reduce the impact of domestic sewage on the river basin, the water-saving equipment in each plant area has been replaced according to the plan. The Taipei headquarters of Compal has fully used the hand washing milk with environmental protection label, which has the characteristics of easier biodegradation. When the sewage meets the discharge standard, the impact on the river basin will be further reduced.
In terms of the control of domestic sewage, the sewage produced by Taiwan R&D Center is incorporated into the sewage management system set up by the government. The sewage discharged from the Chinese plant area is directly discharged into the municipal sewage system, and the discharge destination is the sewage management system, which will not directly affect the water body and land due to the sewage generated by water use. The sewage discharge standard is referred to the management of the plant area, which is regularly inspected by a third-party notary, and the discharge water quality shall meet the standard.
 
Since Compal is not among the high water consumption industries, and most of the water is for employees' domestic water consumption, during the water resource reduction planning, infrastructure maintenance and improvement are the main tasks. In 2019, inductive urinal and faucet water-saving devices were planned to be replaced, and water-saving environmental education for employees is continuously introduced.
Water saving production is the first step of Compal’s efforts. After checking the water consumption in the value chain, we have found that since there is no water demand during the use of the product, the main water consumption comes from the process demand of the raw material supply end. In 2019, we have publicized the water risk assessment of the suppliers, and strengthened the cooperation between the stakeholders and the government in the region to support the sustainable water resource management strategy.
 
Waste Management and Source Reduction

The waste generated in each plant is treated and classified in a centralized way, and is then recycled or treated by a professional and qualified environmental protection manufacturer according to the categories. The back-end treatment of domestic waste and general business waste is divided into incineration, composting and landfill with the proportion of 60.8%, 34.5% and 4.7%, respectively. At the same time, at each stage of the product life cycle, each unit makes reduction planning, and continuously tracks and controls the waste through tools such as six sigma or KPI reduction management (such as improving the commonality of test fixture). In addition, due to the industrial characteristics, there is only a small amount of hazardous business waste in Compal's plants, which mainly comes from SMT (note) steel plate cleaning, cleaning agent used in the reflow soldering furnace, waste alcohol used for wiping and cleaning, and waste solder paste, strip produced in the furnace and so forth. They are all legally disposed by the local qualified recycling processors in each plant area, and the total amount and method of treatment are reported, with the total amount of hazardous waste of 1,393.1 metric tons accounting for 17.3% of the total waste production. According to the investigation of waste disposal companies at each plant, there were no environmental violations and legal fines in 2020. The waste management process is conducted in compliance with contract and legal obligations. In Nanjing and Kunshan plant areas, we have promoted waste reduction and zero landfill. In order to achieve the best waste management mode, we have classified the waste types in detail, reducing the waste at the source. We shall discuss with the suppliers to change to reusable pallets and packaging materials, and use more recyclable materials. The waste that cannot be recycled shall be burned to transfer the waste into new energy fuel, which can successfully and effectively reduce the total amount of waste. Nanjing Plant and Kunshan No. 1 Plant have obtained the UL 2799 platinum certification, whereas Kunshan No. 3 Plant has continued to implement the UL 2799 platinum management standard, but there is currently no plan to obtain certification.

According to the statistics in the l table, there are two types of waste: domestic waste and business waste. The domestic waste comes from the dormitory of employees, while the business waste comes from the waste produced by the plants.

 

 


[1]Surface-mount Technology (SMT) is a kind of electronic assembly technology which was first developed in the 1960s by the American company IBM and became mature 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

Updated on September 11, 2021