Issue Date:August 6, 2019
 

In support of the sustainability thought across the world, we began promoting green product actions in 2004, with green design, green process, and green transportation as the main features of our green product management system. Apart from promoting green product development, we enable more products to pass Green Mark certification to meet the goal of sustainable development.

Green Design

Environmental Footprint Inventory

In 2018, we inventoried the environmental footprint of the 10-inch tablet backlight module. The results show that the carbon footprint (CFP) of our products is 1.06 KgCO2e/g (i.e. the CFP of each gram of product is 1.06kgCO2e), a 25.35% carbon footprint less than 2017. As the percentage of carbon emissions caused by electricity use is the highest of all, we decided to find space for improvement through production energy conservation, combined with a wide variety of energy conservation measures, and communicate the need for energy conservation to materials suppliers in order to effectively reduce the environmental footprints.
 

Package Reduction Design

To continuously promote energy conservation and carbon reduction, we began implementing packaging material verification in 2014, and using the following green packaging materials and packaging optimization in 2017.

Molded Pulp
Molded Pulp

Molded pulp is made of recycled waste paper. In 2017 Q1, we began verifying molded paper packaging materials with the drop test and the storage test. After passing the tests, it will be used in packaging. Such kind of natural, non-toxic, lead free, decomposable, pollution free, and waste free buffering material can effectively reduce the variety packaging materials and the quantity of packaging. Along with soy ink printing and package simplification, everything is eco-friendly. In 2018, a total of 87 products used molded pulp, and the proportion of molded pulp used has reached 39%.

Size Reduction
Design-Size Reduction

In 2018, the goal of improving the transport and loading rate was achieved after optimizing the packaging design of three products, in which the 100-inch touch panel whiteboard and the projector of A70 platform had increased the transport and loading rate by 50% and 66% respectively, and the projector of 7760 platform is able to increase the transport and loading rate up to 100%.

Education and Training

To enhance and optimize the efficiency of energy-saving products, and merge the eco-friendly, energy-saving, and 3R (reduce, recycle, reuse) concept into the design and development of products, so as to continuously develop energy-saving products, we arranged 29 courses related to green solutions. 762 persons received the courses, totaling 1,234 man-hours.

Energy-saving Design
Projectors and Visual Solution
  • In 2018, we sold 27 products with electricity consumption far below the regulatory requirements, saving 4,535.11*109 J each year.
  • Developed a low-energy consumption optical module ML1 platform that is able to reduce energy consumption by 27% compared to the last generation module under the same lightness condition.
  • The energy-saving design was implemented in U40B/50B models with a switch to turn on or off the laser light based on user’s needs, which is able to reduce the laser energy consumption rate by 4.6% and enhance the service lifespan of the laser.
  • The safe auto off function (including automatically shut off without input signals and sleep mode)
  • Electricity consumption in the standard operation mode and standby mode complies with the energy-efficiency standard specified by the Environmental Protection Administration.
  • Reducing the design of back-end process (electroplating, paint spraying, and printing) of products.
  • Use of LED and laser eco-friendly solid-state illumination (SSI) and other mercury-free materials for a completely mercury-free projector.
  • Compared to traditional short throw projectors, projectors using LED and laser SSI have a five-time longer life without the need of bulb replacement to reduce environmental protection.
Interactive Collaboration Solution
  • The "Laser Ultra-wide Touch System" and "Image Blending Touch System" can be used in the conference room and classroom without whiteboard markers and chalks to significantly enhance collaboration and interaction. In addition, this solution is certainly eco-friendly and easily achieve energy conservation and carbon reduction.
  • Use RoHS materials.
  • The power consumption of products under 138'' complies with USB 2.0 (power output<2.5W).
Light Guide Plate (LGP)
  • Technology of optical brightness optimization: reduces the lighting power consumption by 37%. In 2018, a total of 2,001pcs were produced which resulted in saving of 6,135 kWh and carbon emissions reduction of 3,398.8 kgCO2e.
  • Improvement of injection pressure technology: 10%~20% reduction in thickness and 10%~30% reduction in weight. In 2018, a total of 847,740 pcs was produced which resulted in a total weight reduction of 11,712.14 kg and a carbon reduction of 49,074 kgCO2e.
  • Improvement of energy saving in the manufacturing process: adjust the maintenance frequency to reduce 11% of the used raw materials; reduce the temperature during the manufacturing process, to save 23.3% of electricity consumption in the production process and reduce carbon emissions of 796 kgCO2e.

Green Process

At Corecentric, we continue to promote clean production and reduce pollution to improve environmental protection and lower costs to enhance economic efficiency, in order to pursue sustainable business. Clean production refers to “persistently apply integrated and preventive environmental strategies in processes, products, and services to enhance eco-efficiency and reduce hazards on human beings and the environment.” Upholding our responsibility for products and the environment, and aiming to pursue eco-efficiency and sustainable development, we save energy, reduce the use of hazardous substances, reduce the production and emission of pollutants, dispose industrial waste and recycle resources, update design concepts by including environmental factors in design and service provision through the management of materials, equipment, gauges and tools, consumables, personnel, and the operating environment.
 

Cleaner Production

In 2016, Tainan Branch Office earned Certificate of Cleaner Production Assessment from the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. After the accreditation by competent authorities and experts, we passed the accreditation and obtained a certificate with a score of 92.59 points. Apart from continuing resources conservation, green process, source control of pollutants, eco-design, and green management, we implemented CSR and other management measures. In the 2018 self-assessment based on the assessment system, our score was 95.65 points (the same as 2017). Take the INP08162 for example, the clean production results are as follows:

Speed up Standard Working Time

+ 3.83 minutes

Enhance Production Line Yield Rate

+0.09%

Decline Total Failure Repair Working Hours

-11.23% 

Strategies for Reducing the Impacts on the Environment

Waste Reduction
  • Packaging materials re-use: In 2018, we recovered 95.9% of trays, 70.6% of pallets, 93.6% of plastic mats, 71% of cartons, and 99.6% of acrylic board.
  • Circular economy collaboration: We recovered pallets for re-use in logistics in collaboration with local transporters. In 2018, we recovered 134.84ton of wooden pallets and reduced emissions by 278 tonCO2e.

Enhance the Use Rate of Eco-friendly Paper

In order to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Coretronic will take precedence to use products with the Taiwanese green mark or the certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certification) as the product packaging paper boxes, toilet paper and the paper used in the offices.

The waste paper boxes, photocopies, books and newspapers from the plants and offices in Taiwan will be shipped by legal waste disposal companies to the three major domestic paper mills in Taiwan (Zhenglong, Yong Feng Yu and Rongcheng), for waste paper recycling process. In addition, we purchase paper products with environmentally-friendly label which were made from 80%~100% recycled pulp, to response to the Environmental Protection Administration’s “Promotion plan of recycling and reuse” to achieve the goal of “recycling of waste resources, alternative natural resources, full recycle of substances and zero waste.” In 2018, the plants in Taiwan had purchased a total of 74,630 paper products made of recycled pulp with environmentally-friendly labels, including 62,846 product shipping boxes, 4,047 bags of recycled paper/FSC certified products, and 7,737 bags of toilet paper with environmentally-friendly labels.


Product End Processing Tracking

Coretronic also stipulates clear waste management operating procedures and implements audit plans to manage waste disposal vendors to ensure that the recycled products is legally disposed. Therefore, audits of waste disposal vendors are carried out every year, as the on-site inspections are conducted to verify whether the waste disposal vendors meet the required regulations and have the capabilities of back-end treatment. If the vendor fails to meet the required standards, a consultation for improvement will be conducted; and if the vendor still cannot meet the required standards, its waste disposal contract will be terminated to ensure that the waste is properly and legally disposed. The audit of five waste disposal vendors were arranged and conducted in 2018, including recycle and reuse of wood pallet, business waste disposal and waste electronic components, with an audit completion rate of 100% and there is no abnormality found during the audit process.

Green Transportation

Coretronic (Visual Solutions) is committed to the sustainable business operations, and we are dedicated to optimizing the design of product packaging, effectively enhancing the transport and loading rate and reducing transportation frequency. In 2018, the 20-foot cargo containers were used to ship products from China to the United States, with the following three major achievements:

  • For instance, if a pallet increases 50% of shipment load for the 100-inch touch panel whiteboard, then it is estimated that each unit of the products can reduce 339 kgCO2e, with a carbon reduction effective rate of 24.8%.
  • Using the A70 platform projector as an example, if a pallet increases 66% of shipment load, then it is estimated that each unit of the products can reduce 308 kgCO2e, with a carbon reduction effective rate of 29.2%.
  • Taking the 7760 platform projector as an example, the capacity of product shipment is twice as much compared with the last generation R50 platform, and it is estimated that each unit of the products can reduce kgCO2e, with a carbon reduction effective rate of 32.5%.

At present, we are planning a transport plan with the 40-foot cargo containers; we hope to optimize the shipment model while fulfilling the needs of customers, and carry out the carbon reduction efficiency as well as the mission of sustainable ecological environment at the same time.