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Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

 

Pollution prevention & environmental protection

Solving pollution problems through energy conservation and reducing carbon emissions

 

CPC is engaged in a long-term initiative to improve the way in which it handles issues arising from pollution involving waste-water, air, noise, solid wastes and groundwater in the context of fulfilling its CSR commitment and upholding the spirit of sustainable development. In recent years, the company has also worked on carbon dioxide emission inventory and reduction projects and the best internationally-available control technology and equipment were adopted for all of its new investment projects in order to minimize the pollution caused by production, transportation, and storage processes. CPC has also shown its commitment to environmental protection by upgrading the quality of its petroleum products in terms of their carbon content and CO2 emission potential.

CPC consistently adheres to an environmental protection policy characterized by legal and regulatory compliance, adherence to international norms, pollution prevention, energy conservation, waste reduction, continuous process improvement, employee participation, social responsibility and sustainable development. To date it has invested more than NT$50 billion in environmental protection; the ISO 14001 environmental management system has been implemented in all units since 1995and 21 units had achieved certification by the end of 2015. In keeping with global trends, a company-wide environmental accounting system was set up in 2004 to help improve performance in environment-related matters.

The Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP21) in 2015 stipulates that the rise in global temperature should be held to under 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and that efforts should be made to hold the increase to under 1.5°C. All parties to the agreement are to reach their peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, and reach greenhouse gas neutrality by the mid-point of this century. Although Taiwan is not a UN member or a signatory of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, it nevertheless pledged nationally-determined contributions to the greenhouse gas reduction effort to the COP21 assembly last year. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, equivalent to a reduction of 20% from 2005 levels. CPC has worked in alignment with international environmental protection practices in reducing the company's greenhouse gas emissions over the past 10 years. We have established carbon dioxide reduction targets and timetables for existing plants, and practiced emission-reduction measures by using low-carbon fuel to conserve energy, improve equipment efficiency and reduce waste.

A company-wide inventory of greenhouse gases was completed in 2005 and a CO2 reduction plan was  initiated. CPC's earlier CO2 emission reduction target was surpassed and the goal of the second stage of the plan was to cut CO2 emissions by a cumulative total of 2.3 million tons by end-2015; in fact a reduction of 2.73 million tons was achieved and work on additional emission reduction continues.

 

Deploying the latest pollution prevention technology to better protect the environment

 

CPC actively promotes environmental protection educational activities, aiming to use its own experience and capabilities in the field to instill awareness of the need to care for the environment as well as cherish the Earth and its resources. In order to provide our children with a clean environment, CPC calls on all citizens to work together in dealing with ecological issues, by promoting environmentally-friendly local development, adopting parks and forests, helping to clean up environmentally-degraded locations and preventing pollution in the oceans.

CPC long ago stopped supplying leaded gasoline to the market in conformity with the fuel quality standards of the developed world, and in doing so helped markedly improve Taiwan's air quality. Additionally, the sulfur content of CPC's diesel and gasoline fuel has been progressively and substantially reduced from 2004 onwards. Moreover, vapor recovery hoses have been installed at all CPC filling stations and storage tanks have been fitted with vapor recovery systems, resulting in the recovery of more than 3,200 kiloliters of gasoline per year – equivalent to reducing the emission of volatile organic compounds by a similar amount.

Through years of effort, the quality of Taiwan's petroleum products has been greatly improved, until today it compares favorably with that of Japan, the United States, and other advanced countries. Not content to rest on its laurels, however, in the future CPC will use the latest environmental standards for petroleum products established by advanced countries as the benchmark in the ongoing pursuit of even-better quality. For the good of its homeland, as well as the health and prosperity of its people, CPC will employ the latest in pollution prevention technologies, consistently seek better performance in environmental protection and pursue sustainable development.

                                                 03-08-2016