Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Sept 21, 2009 – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC, TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced that the company is the first corporation to complete a “Supply Chain Carbon Inventory Assistance Plan”. With the assistance of the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau, TSMC in June 2009 became the first company in Taiwan to lead its suppliers in successfully completing and registering a carbon inventory.
TSMC not only actively inventories and reduces its own greenhouse gas emissions, but also requires suppliers to inventory greenhouse gas emissions. Under this plan, TSMC as well as 36 factories at 20 partner companies registered and disclosed greenhouse gas emissions under the guidance of the Taiwan Green Productivity Foundation. Together with our supplier partners, TSMC both supports the Taiwan government's carbon emission reduction policy, and helps the industry prepare for the coming global trend of product carbon footprint labeling and eco-labeling. This move by TSMC demonstrates that corporations can take a long-term, macro-level view when making plans regarding climate change and global warming, and effectively implement these plans pragmatically through the supply chain.
Participants in TSMC's Supply Chain Carbon Inventory Plan included Air Products Co., Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., BASF Electronic Materials Taiwan, Taisil Electronic Materials Corp., Kinik Co., Formosa Sumco Technology Corp., Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co. Taiwan, Shin-Etsu Handotai Taiwan Co., STATS ChipPAC Co., Air Liquide Far Eastern, King Yuan Electronics Co., Ardentec Corp., Marketech International Corp., Cabot Microelectronics Corp. (Taiwan Branch), Pheonix Silicon International Corp., Dow Electronic Materials Co., Topco Quartz Products Co., Asia Union Electronic Chemical Corp., United Industrial Gases Co., and BOCLH Industrial Gases Co. All 20 companies recognize the importance of performing a carbon inventory, and conducted a series of personnel training programs, factory visits and audits, as well as carbon inventory data collection, data verification, and carbon registration. As of June 2009, all participants registered and uploaded “2009 greenhouse gas emission inventory data” to the Industrial Development Bureau Greenhouse Gas Information Center, where it can serve as a reference to domestic industries for future energy conservation, carbon reduction, and eco-labeling.
“TSMC strongly believes in the importance of building a green supply chain, and a carbon inventory is the basis of addressing green supply chain issues such as carbon emission reduction, product carbon footprints, and eco-labeling,” said TSMC Senior Vice President Dr. Steve Tso. “TSMC is very happy that it can maintain a partnership with suppliers, and collaborate to conduct this ‘Supply Chain Carbon Inventory Assistance Plan’. To meet our corporate social responsibility to protect the environment, we will continue to do our part to reduce climate change and share our experience, and we hope that other companies in Taiwan can join us in our efforts.”
Beginning September 22, TSMC and its supplier partners will participate in a series of four “Practical Seminars on Industry Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Product Carbon Footprint” in Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, and Kaohsiung to share our experience in conducting a supply chain carbon inventory and learn from other domestic industries, and we hope to gain an enthusiastic response.