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Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

Adopting international technology, achieving sustainability 

Implementation of environmental protection and energy conservation

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. 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; 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, reducing pollutant and energy waste and adapting to the climate change to implement the environmental policy of pollution prevention, energy waste reduction and sustainable environment. From 1989 to present, CPC has invested more than NT$50 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-2019, 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 environment friendly measures was set up as far back as 2004.

In all 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, CPC set up the Guantang Industrial Park (Port) Ecological Preservation Committee on November 7, 2018 to carry out surveying, monitoring and preservation– motivated by the further aim of achieving the twin goals of environmental conservation and sustainable community development.

promulgated on July 1, 2015. Its goal is the reduction of nationwide annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to no more than 50% of the 2005 level by 2050. CPC has vigorously expanded its carbon reduction plan, committing the entire company to GHG emissions reduction, and setting targets and timelines for its existing plants. Using clean fuel, clean production, equipment efficiency improvement, energy saving and waste reduction, etc., we implement the reduction measures according to the plan. In recent years, we have used the latest technology to effectively improve the energy efficiency of the factories. As a result, the company’s reduction in greenhouse emissions from 2005 to 2018, according to third-party verification, the performance exceeded 25%. Regarding 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 2019 compared with the year before. The 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 2019, climate risk assessments and reports of the nine plants had been completed.

CPC’s air pollutants come mainly from its oil refinery and petrochemical plant. The pollutants include total suspend particulate (TSP), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) etc. Following are the air pollution emissions of the oil refinery and the petrochemical plant. There has been a fall of TSP, NOx and VOCs. The Flue Gas quality is also superior to the national standard, indicating that the measures has an effective outcome.

Creating an environmentally friendly business and providing high quality oil

In January 2000, CPC proactively ceased supplying the local market with leaded gasoline. Since 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 – and provide 0.5wt.% of low sulfur fuel oil. 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). After years of hard work, the quality of oil products in Taiwan has been continuously improved, which is comparable to Japan, the United States and other countries. However, CPC has not stopped because of this, and it continues to use the "new environmental protection oil standards" in advanced countries as the benchmark. CPC pursues higher quality oil products, promotes energy resource integration, increases natural gas transmission and storage capacity to expand the use of low-carbon energy. CPC strengthens green energy-related technology research and application, develops high-value petrochemical products, creates a green corporate image and create low-carbon homes.

Since the enactment of the Environmental Education Act in 2011, CPC has energetically promoted 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 environment 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 Field Exhibition Hall at Chuhuangkeng in Miaoli County was officially certified as an environmental education facility on August 22, 2017. It is the only educational facility for oil extraction. Another company-developed environmental education site is the CPC Kaohsiung Refinery Environmental Education Park, which was certified as the only petrochemical industry environmental educational facility on January 22, 2018.

CPC 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 environmental performance by deploying the latest in pollution-control technology, systematizing its processes for higher efficiency and greater added-value, investing in the circular economy and waste recycling and value increase – all in the pursuit of developing sustainability in its operations and the sharing of good health and prosperity with the national community.

Adapt proactively to cope with pollution issues

Since the promulgation of the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act by the administration of President 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. In 2019, CPC has 4 sites listed for response, 22 listed for control and 7 listed for remediation, while remediation has been completed at 30 sites by 2019.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal site was leased by CPC from the Port of Kaohsiung and used for loading and unloading crude oil cargoes until those operations were suspended in 1996. 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 EPA on November 4, 2016. The task of soil classification treatment operation in Qianzhen yard has been completed and the project’s monitoring status with the EPA was lifted on April 12, 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 - process plant, pipework and related facilities - and also removing pipelines from where they were buried two meters 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.