TCI values global environmental protection issues and trends. In addition to abiding by local environmental laws and regulations, TCI collaborates with its clients and suppliers to promote environmental management systems and green product management systems. The company also implements specific actions and measures for energy conservation and carbon reductions in the work environment to ensure the effective management and use of limited resources.
Targeting Pollution Prevention
TCI formulated an environmental safety and health management policy, and promoted various related management measures based on this goal. In addition, TCI will regularly conduct internal and external audits and third-party verifications to ensure compliance with the ISO 9001 quality management system, the ISO 14001 environmental management system, the ISO 50001 energy management system, ISO 14064-1 greenhouse gas inventory standard, PAS2060 carbon neutrality implementation system, OHSAS 18001 occupational safety and health system (in line with the revision of the international standard, TCI will adopt the new version ISO 45001 in 2020) and related environmental regulations. In 2020, TCI has not violated any type of environmental protection laws.
In order to maintain the air quality and the safety of the employees in each factory, TCI plants are equipped with ventilated enclosures that operate around the clock. Operations that may produce odors must be performed in the enclosures to prevent the tests from influencing indoor air quality. The ventilation capacity of the enclosures is regularly tested by a specialized unit to ensure their functionality. In addition, waste gases discharged by the containers are collected in independent pipes and filtered through activated carbon before discharge. The filtration system is overseen and maintained by a specialized unit to ensure that the quality of the waste gases meets the quality standards. In regards to air pollution, no volatile organic compounds (VOC) are produced at TCI’s production premises. Trace amounts of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx) come from testing the plant generator, emergency use, fire pumps, stackers and vehicles that use diesel, natural gas combustion of gas boilers, etc. Therefore, TCI regularly reviews existing facilities and manufacturing processes for recruitment that processes pollutants. In addition, TCI schedules regular inspections of boiler equipment and exhaust pipes to ensure that all emissions are in compliance with laws and regulations.
In terms of waste management, the goal is to increase the recycling rate of processed waste and reduce the amount of waste generated. TCI’s waste disposal is in compliance with related laws and regulations and applications for permits. The declaration of waste quantity is in accordance with the law. In addition, TCI commissions qualified institutions to assist with waste disposal. In regards to waste management, TCI’s principle is “When everyone sorts waste, waste will naturally become less; therefore, no value will become valuable, and valuable will become high value.” TCI strictly examines the qualifications of waste treatment institutions. Other than GPS tracking, TCI also ensures the status of waste disposal.
TCI's self-monitoring mechanisms and third-party organizations provide monitoring reports periodically. Noise levels are within regulatory standards in all office and factory environments, including the headquarters located in Neihu and the Panshi premises.
Water Resource Management
The water source used at the iPrecise Manufacturing Center located in Panshi is tap water. The approved water consumption is 330 x (S5 + S9) + 70 x (S11) = 400 CMD. S5 is the Functional Drink Factory, S9 is the Functional Food Factory, and S11 is the Eco Facial Mask factory. The S5 Functional Drink Factory uses re-warming water and recycles about 60 tons of water every year (estimated at 20 liters per hour). In the future, TCI will continue to plan water saving and water recycling measures to effectively manage water resources.
Control of Carbon Emissions
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, has confirmed that climate change is mainly caused by greenhouse gas emissions and the impact not only brings environmental changes to the planet but also has an effect on daily life and economic activities of mankind. Clearly, management of carbon emissions and public disclosure of carbon emissions has become an important mission in corporate management. All TCI factories have installed solar panels on the roof to provide renewable energy, so that the energy consumption of the manufacturing process comes from solar energy. In addition, TCI is committed to promoting the concept of using solar energy to create products. The S11 Eco Facial Mask Factory not only obtained the LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and ECOCERT certification for organic cosmetic products, which reduces the energy consumption and carbon emission of the factory building itself, but also followed through with the ISO14064-1 greenhouse gas emissions every year since 2018. In addition, voluntary carbon reduction standards have been adopted to achieve the PAS 2060 carbon neutrality of the entire production plant; thus, creating sustainable products with green manufacturing and net zero carbon emissions.
In regards to the environment, TCI actively promotes and implements corporate sustainability strategies in the face of the impact and crisis brought about by extreme climates. In 2018, TCI joined the Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification Association as the Board of Director to promote the development of the renewable energy market. In the same year, TCI also joined the international sustainability initiative promoted by The Climate Group, which includes RE100, EP100. In addition, TCI is committed to achieving 100% use of renewable energy by 2030, and promoting sustainable actions with influential international companies and organizations to make contributions to the environment and society.