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The Environment

WNC pays close attention to global environmental protection issues. Apart from observing local acts and regulations at each operations site and establishing environmental and green-product management systems with suppliers based on customer requirements, we have also realized energy conservation and carbon reduction in the work environments to ensure the effective use and management of limited resources. In addition, we have also formulated the Environmental Safety, Health & Energy management Policy listed below to implement measures and carry out internal and third-party audits at fixed, annual intervals to ensure they meet ISO 14001 and IECO QC 080000 related regulations.

 

WNC Environmental Safety,Health & Energy Management Policy

  • In compliance with government policy and in coordination with ESH & Energy management system directives, promote environmental protection and the prevention of occupational diseases to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment.
  • All employees must work in a concerted effort to design and manufacture green products with superior quality and minimize the impact and damage these products cause to the environment as much as possible to fulfill stakeholder demands, help protect the environment and effective use of energy.
  • Continue to strengthen mechanisms for the prevention of environmental pollution, increase energy efficiency, implement appropriate control and reduction measures, and support purchases of products that improve energy performance to lessen the impact on the environment.
  • Continue to implement the workplace health management system and maintain good practices in the prevention of contamination and occupation-related illness. Adopt a “zero tolerance” principle toward unlawful conduct in the workplace to maintain the physical and mental health of employees.
  • Reinforce all employees’ ESH & Energy performance awareness and accountability, and provide appropriate communication and consultation channels and participation mechanisms to ensure the effective operation of the ESH & Energy Management System.


Environmental Management System

Greenhouse Gas Emssion Reduction

To reflect the impact of change in production capacity on GHG emissions and reduction targets in a faithful manner, emission intensity will also be presented to illustrate the relationship between capacity scale and emissions. From 2017, the GHG emission target was adjusted to reduce the total Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions of each unit (tonnes of CO2e/revenues in millions of NT$) by 10% in Taiwan and China in 2019 (using 2016 as the base year). In 2017, total Scope 2 GHG emissions in Taiwan and China increased by 1.7% compared to 2016, but Scope 2 GHG emission intensity decreased by 6.3%.

WNC (Taiwan) and WNC’s China Sites Scope 2 GHG Emissions in the Most Recent 3 Years

WNC’s three-year target for carbon reduction in Taiwan and China
 


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Wastewater Reduction

Since WNC is involved in a technology-intensive R&D industry, besides the water used in the washing process at S1 since July 2017, the rest is wastewater from everyday use. In 2017, WNC set the target to achieve a 6% reduction in wastewater discharge intensity by 2021 from the 2016 level. Compared to 2016, the total water consumption increased by 8.2% in WNC (Taiwan) due to increased water usage for process at S1 and decreased 5.7% at WNC’s China sites in 2017.

Total Water Consumption and Water Usage Intensity in Taiwan during the Past Three Years
 
Total Wastewater and Wastewater Discharge Intensity in Taiwan during the Past Three Years
 
 
   

Waste Management

In 2017, the total weight of waste produced by WNC (Taiwan) was 350.3 tonnes. Due to changes in product portfolio and capacity demand, compared to 2016, the amount of waste in 2017 increased by a total of 146.4 tonnes. The waste recycling rate in 2017 reached 79%, which is 9% higher than in 2016. In order to continuously improve the efficiency of recycling and reuse of waste, relevant operational procedures and mechanisms will be adjusted, and specific targets will be set: the goal for waste recycling rate is 80% in 2019.

Taiwan Waste Recycling Targets and Achievements


Green Products

WNC’s Green Product Section is tasked with coordinating all internal and external matters relating to green products and to effectively monitor the environmental-product development management process (such as assisting each unit on product design, manufacturing, and shipping). The section’s responsibilities include evaluation and execution of compliance with international laws, regulations, and customer environmental-protection directives, promotion of green-product continual improvement initiatives, control of hazardous substances, and auditing of green products, management of suppliers, and ensuring the effectiveness of WNC’s green policies implementation.


Renewable Energy

Solar Power Generation

WNC completed the first phase of construction of solar panels at the end of 2017. They were installed on the roof the parking structure in WNC headquarters and the roof of the Wistron NeWeb (Kunshan). The annual power generation equates to a carbon emission reduction capacity of approximately 1.2 times that of Daan Forest Park.

Solar Panels on the roof of the parking structure of WNC headquarters
Solar Panels on the roof of Wistron NeWeb (Kunshan) Corporation

 

Wind Power Generation

WNC’s headquarters is located in the Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan. Hsinchu is renowned as the “windy city” of Taiwan. To fully utilize this local natural resource, we installed three small wind-driven generators when constructing the headquarters building, which have been used for over seven years.

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