Go TO Content

Pollution Prevention & Environment Protection

Adopting international technology, achieving sustainability 

Implementation of environmental protection and energy conservation

In order to fulfill its corporate responsibility, CPC has long been dedicated to a variety of environmental protection efforts, including improvement of wastewater disposal, air pollution, waste treatment and soil and groundwater contamination, implementation of environmental protection policies, active prevention of pollution, strengthening control of source of pollution, utilization of low pollution production processes and the latest pollution control facilities and use of the best available control technology (BACT) and equipment to reduce pollution that may be caused by production, as well as transportation and storage processes in its new projects. On top of 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. In order to implement the environmental policy of pollution prevention, energy and waste reduction and sustainable environment, CPC has invested more than NT$50 billion in its environmental protection efforts since 1989. Since 1995, all of the company’s business units have been required to comply with the standards of ISO 14001 environmental management system. As of the end of 2020, 22 of them had received official certification. In response to global trend, CPC deployed an environmental accounting system in 2004 to improve its environment protection performance.

Ecological protection Every effort made

In all its development projects, CPC follows through on the commitments written into the respective environmental impact assessment (EIA) results, introduces the appropriate environmental protection measures in response to the potential risks posed by specific development undertakings, maintains comprehensive monitoring systems designed to protect environmental quality and biological diversity around its facilities and aims to achieve standards in the quality of their atmospheric emissions higher than those stipulated in current national environmental protection regulations, in order to improve its environment protection performance The 3rd LNG terminal investment plan is no exception. In order to demonstrate its determination to protect and preserve the environment, CPC set up the Guantang Industrial Park (Port) Ecological Preservation Committee on November 7, 2018 for consultation and review of its environment protection efforts and achievements with the aim of achieving the goals of marine environmental conservation and sustainable community development.

In the monitoring of algal reef ecology, six stations are set up from the south to the north. In 2020, the Taoyuan algal reefs coast survey results show that the total number of algal species is 40 species, 15 macroalgae, and 25 crustose coralline algae. The total number of algae species in the Guanxin Algae Reef is the highest (36 species), while the total number of algae species in the Datan Algae Reef and Baiyu Algae Reef is 30. In terms of the number of crustose coralline algae, Guanxin Algae Reef exhibited the highest number of crustose coralline algae (23 species), and the number of algae species Datan algal reef exhibited is the second (19 species). The number of crustose coralline algae the Baiyu algae reef exhibited is the least (16 species).

In addition to the regular monitoring and survey of algal reef ecology, CPC has completed habitat restoration for little terns since 2019. CPC has worked with the Wild Bird Society of Taoyuan and the Taoyuan City Government, and the reproductive success rate has increased from 17 ~ 30% to 68% recently. In 2020, reproduction success rate, moreover, increased to 92%, which shows that CPC has spared no effort in ecological conservation. It also shows that cooperation with environmental protection organizations has made fruitful conservation achievements.

Taiwan’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act was formally promulgated on July 1, 2015 with the goal of reducing national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year to no more than 50% of the 2005 level by 2050. Since 2005, CPC has calculated its greenhouse gas inventory, actively implemented its energy saving carbon emission reduction plan, and set targets and timelines of carbon emission reduction for its existing plants, imposed reduction measures according to the plan with use of clean fuel, clean production, equipment efficiency improvement, energy saving and waste reduction, etc., In recent years, we have used the latest technology to effectively improve the energy efficiency of our plants. As a result, the company’s reduction in greenhouse emissions from 2005 to 2019, which was verified by a third-party, exceeded 25%. In addition, CPC has already implemented electricity conservation in its offices according to the guidelines on Power usage effectiveness management plan for government agencies and schools laid down by the Executive Yuan, saving 8.1% electricity in 2020 compared with 2019, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Our offices of monitored units had switched to all-LED lighting by September, 2020. In response to the risk incurred by climate change, the company has participated in the climate change adaptation strategy and guidance Program for the energy sector; by the end of 2020, climate risk assessments and reports of the 24 plants had been completed.

Creating an environmentally friendly business and pursuing a position as benchmark for environmentally friendly oil products

Since the enactment of the Environmental Education Act in 2011, CPC has actively promoted environment related education and similar activities and 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; 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 citizens.

Adapting proactively to reduce pollution

Following the promulgation of the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act by the administration of President in 2000, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the Executive Yuan has introduced the Enforcement Rules, subsidiary legislation and related control standards of the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act. Many CPC plant locations have been listed as sites for pollution response, pollution control or pollution remediation. CPC has proposed appropriate and respective pollution response, control and remediation plans and the company has implemented the related soil and groundwater pollution surveys and pollution remediation measures in accordance with related regulations. In 2020, CPC has 3 sites listed for pollution response, 29 listed for pollution control and 8 listed for remediation, while remediation has been completed at 39 sites by the end of 2020.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal site (Wharves No 19 and No 20) was leased by CPC from the Port of Kaohsiung and used for loading and unloading crude oil until those operations were suspended in 1996 and the land was returned to the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Corporation. On October 14, 2013, Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Corporation notified CPC to address the problem of contaminated soils at Wharves No 19 and No 20 and presented the plan of necessary measures for response to Environmental Protection Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government for its review. The Bureau approved the aforementioned plan on December 23, 2015. As of the end of December, 2015, the work to improve the pollution did not meet the expectation. On December 23, 2015, Environmental Protection Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government listed the Terminal as a soil remediation site and announced that CPC was the polluter, and was required to present a pollution plan for its review. After the action plan proposed by the company was approved by the EPA of Kaohsiung City Government on November 1, 2016 (with a 36-month deadline to improve the pollution), CPC immediately carried out soil classification and off-site soil handling according to the approved plan. A total of 124,134 tons of contaminated soil of the site received off-site handling then; 100,000 tons of the soil were taken to a dumping facility at Chienzhen for stacking, screening and handling. CPC had removed all the contaminated soil at the site by January 2, 2018 and took another 24,475 tons of contaminated soil to the bioremediation site of its Kaohsiung facility for ongoing bioremediation work. The site’s monitoring status with the EPA of Kaohsiung City Government was lifted on April 12, 2018.

CPC’s Kaohsiung Refinery was shut down at the end of November 2015. As it was an old facility and was in operation for many years, almost all of the soil and groundwater across its total area were classified as contaminated and in need of remediation due to pollutions of different levels. CPC presented the pollution control plan to Environmental Protection Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government for its review and the bureau approved the aforementioned plan on December 16, 2016. The company is currently dismantling the above-ground structures (including process plant, pipework and related facilities) and also removing pipelines from where they were buried two meters underground. In addition, CPC is using gas pumping/injection pollution control technology and strengthening the downstream gas injection interception system to prevent pollutants from flowing out of the site. 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 phases. In principle, CPC will start the pollution improvement work from the upstream of the underground water and later moved on toward the downstream in its implementation of the strategy for dissolution of control in different phases.