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Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

 

ENERGY SAVING AND WASTE REDUCTION – IMPLEMENTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION POLICY 

CPC has long been cognizant of environmental issues and in its commitment to reducing wastewater problems, air pollution and soil/groundwater contamination it has upheld the spirit of corporate sustainable development. In doing so the company strictly follows environmental protection policies, is active in pollution prevention and exercises strong control over resource usage. Additionally, it utilizes lowpollution production processes and the latest pollutioncontrol facilities; it adheres to EIA commitments, has established a comprehensive environmental protection monitoring system and conducts environmental education and training programs. In recent years the corporation has more systematically engaged in carbon dioxide inventory and reduction endeavors and in all new investment projects the best available control technology (BACT) and equipment for that purpose is installed, reducing pollution that may be caused by production and storage processes. On top of all that, CPC has further deepened its commitment to ecologically beneficial measures by improving the quality of its petroleum products and supporting the circular economy principle.

 

Since 1989, CPC Corporation has invested more than NT$50 billion in its environmental protection efforts, chiefly by implementing a policy based on strict compliance with laws and regulations, adopting international standards, pollution prevention, energy saving and waste reduction and ongoing improvement.

 

Other important aspects have been full engagement by employees, CSR and aiming for sustainable development. Since 1995, all of the company’s business units have been required to compile of ISO 14001 environmental management system programs and 21 of them had received certification by the end of 2016. Following global practice, a cross-corporation environmental accounting system to track the effectiveness of environmentally-friendly measures was set up in 2004.

 

Taiwan’s own Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act was formally promulgated on July 1, 2015. The goal of the Act is reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to no more than 50% of the 2005 level by 2050. Following the Paris COP 21 Agreement entering into force on November 4 2016, CPC has vigorously expanded its carbon reduction plan, committing the entire company to GHG emissions reduction and setting carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets and time-lines for existing plants. Going further, it will employ measures such as utilizing low-carbon fuels, energy conservation, raising the level of equipment efficiency and other measures consistent with the plan. In fact, since company-wide GHG emissions reduction has been in effect as described above, as of end-2016 there had been a saving of 2.834 million tons.

 

Moreover, in recent years the company has initiated energy-saving projects that use the latest technology to effect real improvement in its plants’ energy efficiency. From 2005 through 2016 cumulative energy efficiencies of 720,000 kiloliters of oil equivalent (KLOE) were achieved, equating to a reduction of 2.26 million tons of carbon. In line with the State-owned Enterprise Commission’s business improvement program, since 2011 CPC has implemented a ‘Four Savings Plan’focused on conservation of office energy, water, fuel and paper resources and promoting energy-saving and carbon reduction concepts. Results as of end-2016 were 27.57% in the saving of energy, 24.87% in water, 15.36% in fuel and 28.42% in paper.

 

DEPLOYING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY – AND EDUCATION – TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Since the enactment of the Environmental Education Act in 2011, CPC has been energetically promoting ecology-related education and similar activities. Ecoexperiences and teaching are used to popularize the concepts of environmental protection, cherishing local resources and of committing to leave a clean environment for the generations that will follow.

 

The company takes the lead in calling on everybody to come together on local ecological issues and in showing concern for local development; and also in practical measures like park and forest adoption, supporting garbage clean-ups and marine pollution remediation.

 

In January 2000 CPC ceased the refining and supply of leaded gasoline, in line with the greener fuel standards of other advanced countries, as a contribution to improving Taiwan’s air quality. In June 2004 the sulfur content of its diesel fuel was reduced from 375ppmw to 50ppmw and in July 2011 reduced further to 10ppmw; and on January 1, 2007 high-quality gasoline with a sulfur content of 50ppmw – reduced to 10ppmw in 2012 – was launched. With the same motive, CPC filling stations have been extensively fitted with oil and gas recovery guns and the company’s distribution depot filling areas with similar equipment. The consequent gasoline recovery now amounts to more than 3,200 kiloliters per year, helping to improve air quality by avoiding emission of the same amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

The quality of Taiwan-made petroleum products continues to steadily improve after the years of effort to that end, such that it has achieved comparability with that of Europe, Japan and the United States. However, CPC has in no way taken this as cause for resting on its laurels; it continues to embrace the new paradigm for ecologically-friendly petroleum products set by the standards of the world’s most advanced countries in their pursuit of ever higher product quality. Similarly in the wider energy field, the company will promote energy resource integration, upgrade its natural gas storage and transport capacity to facilitate greater use of low-carbon energy and lend stronger support to the application of green energy-related technology R&D – creating a green corporate image for itself and a low-carbon home for Taiwan's people. CPC is a patriotic company and is passionate about both protecting its home country’s environment and improving its own performance in that respect: in that cause it will deploy the latest in pollution-control technology, systematize its processes for high efficiency and greater added-value, invest in the circular economy and waste recycling – all in the pursuit of sustainable operations and the sharing of health and prosperity with the public.

 

SOIL AND GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION

As an integrated enterprise, CPC today combines dedicated manpower, technology, equipment and other resources to bring unified effectiveness and experience sharing to soil and groundwater remediation. This has helped resolve the company’s internal problems with that issue and uplifted its related technical performance, in the process creating technical and service expertise that can be offered outside the company in future. A plan for execution was established, in communication with the environmental protection authorities, that included the timely provision of consultative support in pollution remediation technology and that duly observed the regulations on remediation of soil and groundwater pollution set forth by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Relevant information and technical experience is collected from sources both at home and abroad and issue-specific countermeasures studied, in order to implement the most appropriate remediation measures.

 

The soil and groundwater remediation plan for the former Kaohsiung refinery complex area was approved on December 16, 2016. Local conditions are at the center of the scheme in terms of the principal techniques to be used, with biological rehabilitation, soil cleaning, thermal desorption and related treatment methods in mind. The Executive Yuan has now accelerated its circular economy policy program and in order to assist the Kaohsiung City government CPC is integrating its‘Kaohsiung Plant Pollution Remediation & Land Development and Utilization’ program with the EPA’s ‘Kaohsiung Plant Contaminated Brownfield Development’ scheme. The result will be not only more effective realization of the land resources and a reduction in CPC’s remediation costs but also the potential for revenue generation – beneficial not only for CPC but creating also a triple-win situation for it along with government (central and local) and Taiwan’s people (overall and local residents).

 

                                                 21-09-2017