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Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

CPC adopts clean production methodology to lower its greenhouse gas emissions


Implementing practical environmental protection policies

CPC has long been cognizant of environmental protection issues and in its commitment to finding solutions to the problems of waste-water disposal, air pollution and soil and groundwater contamination, it has both upheld the principle of sustainability in its corporate development and helped fulfill its CSR commitments. In doing so, the company strictly adheres to generally-accepted environmental protection policies, is active in pollution prevention and exercises strong control over its resource usage. Additionally, CPC utilizes low-pollution production processes and the latest pollution-control facilities; it adheres to EIA commitments in its projects, has established a comprehensive environmental protection monitoring system and conducts education and training programs on environmental issues. In recent years the firm has more systematically engaged in CO2 emission inventory and reduction endeavors and in all of its new projects the best available control technology (BACT) and equipment for that purpose is installed to reduce 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 that include improving the quality of its petroleum products, thereby helping reduce the PM25 element in air pollution and lending support to the circular economy principle. In monetary terms, from 1989 through 2018 CPC has invested more than NT$5.0 billion in its environmental protection practice; and since 1995, all of the company's business units have been required to compile ISO 14001 environmental management system programs; and as of end-2018, 21 of them had received official certification. Following global business practice, a cross-company environmental accounting system for tracking the effectiveness of the company's environmentally-friendly measures was set up as far back as 2004.

In all of its development projects CPC follows through on the commitments written into the respective environmental impact assessment (EIA) results; and will propose the appropriate environmental protection measures in response to the potential risks posed by specific development undertakings. The company maintains comprehensive monitoring systems designed to protect environmental quality and biological diversity around its refineries and other work sites and aims to achieve standards in the quality of their atmospheric emissions higher than those stipulated in Taiwan’s current national environmental protection regulations. As evidence of its determination to protect and preserve the environment, and in connection with its Third LNG Terminal project, CPC set up the Guantang Industrial Park (Port) Ecological Preservation Committee on 7 November 2018 to carry out surveying, monitoring and preservation of the unique Guantang algae reef – motivated by the further aim of achieving the twin goals of environmental conservation and sustainable community development.

Taiwan's own Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act was formally promulgated on July 1, 2015. Its goal was and is the reduction of nationwide annual greenhouse gas  (GHG) emissions to no more than 50% of their 2005 level by 2050. Following the Paris COP 21 Agreement on limiting global temperature rise becoming effective on November 4 2016, CPC has vigorously expanded its carbon reduction plan, committing the entire company to GHG emissions reduction and setting targets and time-lines for its existing plants. As a result, the company’s reduction in greenhouse emissions from 2005 to 2017, according to third-party verification, exceeded 25%. Going further, it will employ measures such as utilizing low-carbon fuels, energy conservation, raising the level of equipment efficiency and other actions consistent with the plan. In energy saving, CPC has already implemented electricity conservation in its offices along the guidelines in the Energy Conservation Action Plan for Government Organizations and Schools, achieving savings of 4.6% in 2018 compared with the year before; and offices at industrial plants will switch to all-LED lighting by the end of 2020. In its strategic approach to the risks posed by climate change, the company is participating in the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Guidance Program for the Energy Sector formulated by international organizations; by the end of 2018, climate risk assessments and reports had been completed for four natural gas distribution centers and four depots for fuel supplies. Greenhouse gas emissions data for 2018 are currently being collated by the CPC business units involved; third-party verification of the numbers will be completed by the end of July 2019.

Improving Air Quality  Promoting Environmental Education

In January 2000 CPC proactively ceased supplying the local market with leaded gasoline, in line with the greener fuel standards of other advanced countries and as a contribution to improving the quality of the air that Taiwan's people breathe.  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. In the same context, the fuel pumps at all CPC-branded gas stations have been retrofitted with vapor recovery nozzles; and the company's distribution depot fuel-filling areas have received similar equipment. The gasoline consequently recovered now amounts to more than 3,200 kiloliters per year, in the process 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 many years of effort to that end, such that it has now achieved comparability with, or even rivals, its equivalent in Europe, Japan and the United States. However, CPC has in no way taken this as cause for resting on its laurels; the company continues to embrace the new paradigm for ecologically-friendly petroleum products set by the world’s most advanced countries in their pursuit of ever higher standards. Similarly in the wider energy field, the company will promote the cause of energy resource integration, as well as upgrade its natural gas production, storage and transport capacity to facilitate greater use of low-carbon energy. CPC will lend stronger support to the application of R&D-based green energy technologies – incidentally creating a greener corporate image for itself in the process of helping build a low-carbon homeland for Taiwan's people.

Since the enactment of the Environmental Education Act in 2011, CPC has  energetically promoted and practised ecology- and environment-related education and similar activities. Its own eco-experiences and teaching are used to popularize the concepts of environmental protection, of cherishing Taiwan's natural resources and of committing to leave a clean environment for the generations that will follow.   The company takes the lead in calling on communities to come together on local ecological issues and in showing concern for local commercial development to be environmentally-friendly; and also in practical measures like park and forest adoption,  supporting garbage clean-ups and marine pollution remediation. In further educational developments, CPC's Taiwan Oil Production Exhibition Hall at Chuhuangkeng in Miaoli County was officially certified as an environmental education facility in August 2017. It is the only one of its kind in Taiwan and functions as a high-level environmental education venue for the general public, special interest groups, schools and government agencies. The Exhibition Hall has reinvigorated Chuhuangkeng, the site of a former  producing oilwell, and it is also considered part of the Company's contribution towards a sustainable environment. Another company-developed  environmental education site is the CPC Kaohsiung Refinery Environmental Education Classroom, which was certified in the same category as the Chuhuangkeng facility on January 22, 2018.

CPC the corporate citizen is deeply loyal to its home country and so is passionate about protecting the nation’s environment.  In that cause it will strive to raise its game by deploying the latest in pollution-control technology, systematizing its processes for higher efficiency and greater added-value, investing in the circular economy and promoting the cause of waste recycling – all in the pursuit of developing sustainability in its operations and the sharing of good health and prosperity with the national community.

Pollution remediation: CPC cleans up its act

Since the promulgation of the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act by the administration of President Chen Shui-Bian in 2000, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection  Agency (EPA) has several times publicized the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act Enforcement Rules, subsidiary legislation and related control standards. Many CPC plant locations have been listed as sites for pollution response, pollution control or pollution remediation. The appropriate and respective pollution response, control and remediation plans have been proposed and the company has implemented the related soil and groundwater pollution surveys and pollution remediation measures in accordance with the EPA regulations. CPC currently has 3 sites listed for response, 19 listed for control and 7 listed for remediation; while remediation has been completed at 30 sites in recent years.

CPC's Kaohsiung Port Terminal site was leased by the company from the Port of Kaohsiung and used for loading and unloading crude oil cargoes until those operations were suspended in 1996. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the Terminal as a soil remediation site on December 23, 2015 and the action plan subsequently proposed by the company was approved by the Agency on November 4, 2016. Over 105,000 tons of gravel and soil were lifted for classification and treatment at the Qianzhen disposal site. The task of remediation has been completed and the project’s monitoring status with the EPA was lifted on 12 April 2018.

CPC's Kaohsiung Refinery was shut down at the end of November 2015. As it was built some time ago and in fact was in operation for many years, almost all of the soil and groundwater across its total area have been classified as contaminated and in need of remediation. The company is consequently dismantling the above-ground structures - workshops, process plant, pipework and related facilities - and also removing pipelines from where they were buried two meters or more underground. In addition, gas pumping/injection pollution control technology is being deployed as also is strengthening the downstream gas injection interception system to prevent pollutants from flowing out of the site. The natural tendency of groundwater to flow from upstream to downstream will be incorporated into the process. The overall remediation process will take about 17 years to complete; and the plan calls for the work to be carried out across separate areas in discrete phases.