The Company is expected to introduce the ISO 14064-1:2018 Greenhouse gases in September 2020. In the future, through scientific investigation on greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, we will continue to seek the possibility of carbon reduction in the operation process and set carbon reduction targets. Although the overall energy consumption has risen with the product launches and increased production capacity, the Company has implemented energy-saving plans and regularly reviews the purchase and replacement of equipment. As a result, the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 has dropped significantly by 27%. In addition to GHG emissions, in order to effectively manage the output and treatment of the Company’s waste, the Company has established a Procedure for Waste Management and a waste treatment mechanism, assign delegated personnel to manage and regularly review the implementation of waste treatment, and entrusted qualified manufacturers for removal of waste. For the toxic chemicals management, the Company focuses on source management and control and implements written records of usage status to manage the flow of chemical toxic substances. Toxic substances are classified and stored according to the characteristics as required, and the Company declares the input and output volume and the balance volume according to required time and in accordance with the regulations of the competent authority. In addition, the Company has also formulated Standard Operating Procedure for Emergency Response involving the leakage of toxic substances. Also, the Company implements toxic chemicals leakage management drills every year to prevent toxic substances disasters. Regarding the management of water resources, in addition to daily water conservation efforts, the Taichung Plant, the main production plant, also uses a number of water recovery mechanisms to improve the efficiency of water recycling and reuse. Through the above various practices, we are committed to be friendly to the environment and natural resources, so that our next generation and even the future generations can live in a sustainable environment.
Global warming is worsening, and the frequency of climate anomalies is increasing year by year. Climate change has become an issue that all countries and people in the world must face. Therefore, energy management and GHG emissions have also become the basic tasks for international companies to practice sustainable operations. From the perspective of human health, global warming is accompanied by an increase in public health risks, causing the spread of diseases. In 2109, PharmaEssentia introduced ISO 14064-1:2018 Greenhouse gases for evaluation. The Company expects to implement this in September 2020, and to complete the greenhouse gas inspection for the year 2018 and 2019 in March 2021. In the future, through scientific research, PharmaEssentia will continue to seek the carbon reduction methods along the operation process and carry out carbon reduction targets. We have realized the trend of disclosure of climate change in the world, and thus we will take the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations as a framework for disclosing the risks and opportunities of climate change.
In order to effectively manage the output, removal, and treatment of the Company’s waste in the overall life cycle, and prevent environmental pollution and resource waste, we follow the Waste Disposal Act and formulate the Company’s Procedure for Waste Management. With a systematic waste management policy, PharmaEssentia can avoid the risk of violation of laws or environmental pollution caused by improper handling. At the same time, this policy also helps us to understand the efficiency of resource use, to evaluate how to reduce the volume of substance use from the source in line with our manufacture process, to reduce waste by reusing non-consumable materials and to increase the possibility of waste reuse. The industrial waste of PharmaEssentia is divided into “solid waste” and “liquid waste.” The solid general industrial wastes are collected and temporarily stored in waste storage areas according to the waste type, and then removed by qualified waste removal companies.
PharmaEssentia uses controlled toxic substances and concerned chemical substances listed by the Environmental Protection Administration under the Executive Yuan in its product manufacturing process. The impact of such chemicals is more serious compared to other chemicals if they are handled improperly. For the toxic chemicals management, PharmaEssentia focuses on source management and control, and appropriate storage and usage. At the same time, implements written records of usage status to manage the flow of toxic chemicals and prevents toxic substances pollution.
PharmaEssentia classifies and controls toxic substances in accordance with the Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act, and stores the toxic substances in the ventilation explosion-proof cabinets in the laboratories according to different classes of toxic substances.
In order to maintain the safety of employees, PharmaEssentia has also formulated emergency response procedures for toxic substances leakage and subsequent containment. In 2019, the Taichung plant organized Class 4 toxic chemicals incident response drills, and a total of 38 people participated.
According to the climate change commitments submitted by countries around the world in the Paris Agreement, in order to implement sustainable management of water resources, the annual financing amount must be increased to three times that of the current stage, that is, approximately NT$ 8.9 trillion (EUR 255 billion). Taiwan is ranked in the 19th place among top water stressed countries in the world. Therefore, the need for clean and stable water resources highlights the importance of water resources management for Taiwanese companies. Taking the Taichung Plant as an example. It is the major water consuming factory, and its daily water consumption only accounts for 0.066% of the Central Taiwan Science Park, and its daily water discharge accounts for only about 0.029%. It shows that the Company’s use of water resources does not pose a significant impact on the Science Park where it operates. Wastewater from the Taichung Plant is also properly treated and discharged through the Sewage Treatment Plant of the Central Taiwan Science Park. Our wastewater discharge did not cause any major pollution damage to the environment. We also implement water conservation measures. In addition to daily advocacy to employees about the importance of water conservation in the Taichung Plant, where the main manufacture process is located, has recycled RO brine and process wastewater to the cooling tower for reuse in the air conditioning system. In 2019, the total amount of water recovered amounted to 6.66 million liters. In this way, the Company can improve the efficiency of water recycling and reuse.
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