Environmental Management Guidelines
Global warming, environmental awareness and green consumption have become priorities for the general public. Our corporate social responsibility commitments are focused on addressing these topics.
At BenQ Materials, we have elevated our commitment to green design, green production processes, and green living and placed them at the center of our environmental management policies. The goal is to cultivate environmental awareness and combine business philosophy and environmental protection to create sustainable operations.
Environmental Management System
To demonstrate our commitment to environmental protection, we established the Environmental Management System in 2005 in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard and implemented a system based on the PDCA philosophy (Plan, Do, Check and Act). Implementation and active operations have also been combined with reviews and corrective measures to lessen the impact on the environment.
Supply Chain Management
Cross-sectional cooperation among the purchasing, technical, quality control and environmental safety units are now more integrated. Through resources integration and management of supplier systems, we have advanced our objective of sustainable development through the pursuit of leading technologies, implemented reasonable cost and optimum delivery measures with vendors, and ensured that our suppliers continue to provide high-quality products and services.
Greenhouse Gas Management
When energy savings and carbon reduction became an important global issue, BenQ Materials participated in a GHG Reduction Project of the Low Carbon Industry Application Integration Counseling promoted by the Industrial Development Bureau. During that period, BenQ Materials successfully acquired the ISO 14064-1 Verification Statement and announced its GHG emissions data on the corporate intranet.
BenQ Materials’ carbon emission was reduced 45% in 2014 due to the promotion of energy savings and carbon reduction. Aiming for a 48% reduction in 2015, BenQ Materials endeavors to further reduce GHG emissions to mitigate the trend of global warming.
BenQ Materials’ GHG emissions mainly come from the use of energy. The major energy consumption is electricity, followed by natural gas. For electrical power savings, we employed a power supply quality monitoring system, spontaneous monitoring with infrared detectors and upgraded the electrical power. This resulted in a 51% reduction of power consumption per unit production.
Waste recycle management
BenQ Materials aims to reduce total waste and to recycle resources through improved process technologies, reduced use of raw materials and recycling and re-use applications. Total recycled waste in 2014 has reached 90% of the total weight.
Regarding refuse treatment, qualified waste collection and treatment contractors, as well as optimal treatment methods are selected. BenQ Materials also implements irregular on-vehicle surveillance of waste treatment contractors to monitor waste routing.
Water Resource Management
Starting with the goal of sustained use of water resources, BenQ Materials implemented a water saving programs for the three major water consumption areas: Process water, the cooling tower and boiler water. Together these constitute around 80% of the total water consumption.
For the process water, showering, on-line circulation and recycling, process improvement by concentration adjustment and reduced down trough are used to reduce pure water consumption. In the cooling towers, recycled condensate and RO rejection water are used. Balancing pipes are provided to eliminate overflow; variable-frequency control devices are added to reduce carrier conveyance for reduced vaporization and dissipation losses.
Recycle of condensate water and additional circulation are employed in boilers to reduce the use of water. Through these measures, water consumption has been reduced by 63% comparing with 2008.
We assign full-time personnel to monitor pollution controls and manage the operation and maintenance of various pollution-prevention devices. With their operational status incorporated into the central control system, 24/7 monitoring is carried out by dedicated personnel. We also established an air-quality patrolling mechanism for both plant areas and their vicinities. Measuring instruments are used to monitor the environment and we expect to reach our goal of zero-pollution. For wastewater treatment within the plant, we set up surveillance ponds to monitor the quality of the effluent water. For business waste management, we audit contractor qualifications annually and implement non-alerted, on-vehicle audits to ensure proper handling of waste that exit the plant.