In 2008, global CO2 emissions per capita hit a record high of 1.3 tonnes.
In the same year, total CO2 emissions were up 41% from year 1990.
As a member of the global village, what can we do to help save the environment?
Dedicated to Green Solutions for an all-new low-carbon lifestyle and the building of an environmentally friendly low-carbon society, the target for 2015 of AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") is to reduce carbon emissions in all fabs by 25%, and we accomplished the 2012 goal of a 30% product carbon footprint reduction.
What are carbon footprints?
Carbon footprints, in the form of carbon dioxide, are generated when individuals, households or companies are involved in daily activities and manufacturing of products. Accordingly, a product's carbon footprint refers to the total amount of carbon dioxide emission during its life cycle, including the stages of raw material, product manufacturing (or service provision), distribution, consumer use, and disposal & recycling. With the help of the carbon footprint indicator, consumers will have an even better knowledge of the possible environmental impact of the electronic products they use.
By tracing the carbon footprints of LCD TVs, AUO verified that in the life cycle of an electronic product, energy consumption on the consumer's side took up around 60% of total carbon emission, raw material about 28%, and product manufacturing 12%, among which energy consumption on the consumer's side produced the most carbon dioxide. The findings inspired AUO to adopt innovative energy and material-saving concepts in the very early stage of R&D. By lowering energy consumption on the consumer's side at the product design stage, the amount of carbon emission could be reduced substantially, leaving lighter carbon footprints.
One of the supplier training sessions for carbon footprint reduction. To achieve this end, AUO initiated the "green audit" program and monitored all facets including product design, raw material, product manufacturing, distribution, consumer use and disposal & recycling to reduce product carbon footprints. In September 2009, an AUO-made 32" LCD TV was certified by SGS as the first LCD TV set worldwide to gain PAS 2050:2008 Carbon Footprint Verification. Among all the recognized products around the globe, the making of this LCD TV was viewed as the most delicate and complicated. Its supply chain was comprised of more than 500 vendors. Through continuous supplier training sessions, AUO initiated the carbon footprint management program and developed its own e-system to collect vendors' carbon footprint data. The initiative significantly increased efficiency in carbon footprint management and became one of the best case studies available. solarenergy
Milestones of AUO Carbon Footprint Management:
- Completed the pilot Eco-Profile for 19” display panel.
- The first manufacturer of TFT-LCD in Taiwan to have completed Eco-Profile in accordance with EuP Directive.
2008 Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
- Completed the Eco-Profile for 42” TFT-LCD module.
- The first company in Taiwan to have obtained EPD.
2009 Carbon Footprint Verification
- The tracing of carbon footprints of 32” LCD TV set in accordance with PAS 2050:2008.
- Certified by SGS in September, 2009.
- The first LCD TV set worldwide to have gained carbon footprint verification.
Reduced 30% of Carbon Emissions by 2012
The formula for a low-carbon society consists of green technology and a new lifestyle. Aside from individual efforts, we, as an enterprise, could greatly lessen the impact of carbon emission on the environment by means of green technology. Through its highly innovative R&D capabilities, execution and a well-developed supply chain management system, AUO actively develops low-carbon products to reduce carbon footprints. AUO reduced 30% of its carbon emissions by 2012 and helped generate an all-new low-carbon digital lifestyle for consumers. Meanwhile, AUO will remain dedicated to advocating corporate social responsibility and working continuously toward the development of a sustainable society to ensure maximum benefits for clients and consumers.