Corporate Social Responsibility

The production process of TFT-LCD at Innolux involves dozens of types of raw materials. Innolux establishes pollution control facilities and monitoring mechanisms to treat the environmental impact of waste gas, sewage, hazardous substances and noise generated during the process. The environmental department, the facility engineering units and process units cooperated with each other for improvement. Innolux enhanced the treatment through industry-academia projects. The Technology Committee of the Facility Engineering Department is in charge of the operation and management to meet regulations, gain economic benefits, and achieve environmental performance.
Air Pollution Prevention Mechanisms

Air pollution typical comprises VOCs, NH3, Cl2, HCl, HNO3, H3PO4, particulate matter, and NOx. Air pollution is filtered during processing to separate organics, acids, alkalis, and particulate matter. These classifications are then sent to their respective air pollution prevention equipment.
 
Item/Year Y2013 Y2014 Y2015 Y2016 Y2017
VOCs (ton) 262 266 250 163.9 157.8
SOx (ton) 9.3 16.3 42.3 46.2 38.3
NOx (ton) 14.1 15.2 15.8 15.3 20.2
 
 

Waste Reduction Management

Innolux is committed to promoting waste reduction and utilization at the source. Innolux produced roughly 116,129 tons of waste in 2017; of which, 83,709 tons were nonhazardous waste and 32,420 tons were hazardous waste. The recycled proportion was 79.36% in whole company in 2017. All waste is treated by qualified treatment vendors with periodical audits for checking legitimacy.
 
Waste Classification Treatment Proportion
Y2017
Treatment (ton) TW CN INX
Hazardous business waste Incineration Incineration 2,894.33 186.46 3,080.79
Recovery Recovery and reuse (off-site) 18,223.63 207.82 18,431.45
Physical treatment 3,493.31 0 3,493.31
Heat treatment 163.37 0 163.37
Washing treatment 710.85 0 710.85
Others Solidification treatment 12.69 0 12.69
Chemical treatment 6,508.08 11.57 6,519.65
Landfill 7.69 0 7.69
Amount 32,013.95 405.85 32,419.80
Non-hazardous business waste Incineration Incineration 7,062.11 3,554.06 10,616.17
Landfill Landfill 2,176.05 1,134.92 3,310.97
Recovery Recovery and reuse (off-site) 22,196.90 14,642.15 36,839.05
Recycling 194.74 0 194.74
Heat treatment 23,989.56 0 23,989.56
Washing treatment 31.79 0 31.79
Physical treatment 8,307.68 0 8,307.68
Others Heat treatment 129.29 0 129.29
Physical treatment 289.43 0 289.43
Amount 64,377.55 19,331.13 83,708.68
 
Chemical Recycle and Reuse
Chemical Recycling and Reuse Rate Y2011 Y2012 Y2013 Y2014 Y2015 Y2016 Y2017
Stripper 78% 76% 77.6% 76.2% 77.2% 76.8% 77.1%
NMP 56% 53% 61% 67.5% 82.4% 83.1% 80.1%
PGMEA 0 35% 55% 62.8% 68.3% 69.1% 73.0%
TMAH 0 13% 16% 20.1% 24.9% 38.4% 29.0%
 
Packaging Material Reduction
A corporation shall fulfill its basic corporate social responsibility by carrying out the inventory for the environmental footprint of its own product. The choice of package becomes a critical issue. Innolux aims to minimize the environmental burden caused by the waste of disposable materials by putting in lots of effort to reduce the package. In addition to compliance with customer specifications and international regulations, Innolux actively looks for the way to reduce the package waste. Innolux enhances the recycling rate via the procurement process management to recycle the package supply from upstream suppliers. Innolux also reaches an agreement with downstream customers for package recycling and reuse and cooperates with the upstream and downstream production chains on the reduction. In 2017, the recycling rate was 76.9% for the DSPK box, 57.3% for the hard box and 26.8% for the PP box.Furthermore, Innolux conducted statistics to find out the carbon reduction in 2017. The statistics include the carbon reduction in design due to lighter materials and higher numbers of loading pieces, and the carbon reduction in recycling by replacement of a new product with recycling products. A total of 26,285 tCO2e was reduced from these two types of reduction, equivalent to the annual carbon reduction by 68 Daan Forest Parks.
 
Low-Carbon Logistics
Innolux responds to the requirement of the low-carbon economy and addresses the severe exploitation of social resource by devoting itself to the development of low-carbon logistics to achieve the resource efficiency in logistics. We keep the usage rate of the re-export devices of inbound cargo by controlling the cargo status via the cargo control platform to reduce the number of empty cargo containers transported between ports and increase shipping efficiency.  We replaced the export solution requiring air transport with the sea-land intermediate solution while meeting the deadlines required by the customer. We separate different ways for filling orders to create a three-win situation by saving the transportation cost, reducing the carbon emissions, and creating a green environment.
We work with suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of logistics. For the time and location that cannot fit in the marine shipping schedule provided by customers and downstream plants, we cooperate with transport suppliers to plan for the cross-strait express steamer and short-term ports of entry. In addition, we provide intermodal transport and make intermediate stops to ship goods to various locations in China. With all these efforts, we realize the optimization of transport cost and create greater efficiency than air shipment.
With the improved transportation planning and management in 2017, we reviewed our performance and confirmed that we reduced 461,920 tons of carbon emissions. We’ve reduced 1,598,799 tons1 of carbon emissions from 2012 to 2017.
1 Carbon emission = Transportation distance x cargo weight x emission factor x number of trips