Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – November 11, 2011 –TSMC (NYSE: TSM) today held its first Industrial Water Conservation class at the company’s corporate headquarters in Hsinchu, sharing its many years of knowledge and experience in water conservation and recycling with the local business community. Through classroom discussion and on-site tours, we hope to give government agencies and enterprises from many industries water conservation knowledge based on our practical experience.
In addition to today’s course in Hsinchu, TSMC will also hold free classes at its facilities in Taichung and Tainan later in November. Approximately 240 people from around Taiwan have enrolled in these classes, and participants include decision-makers and technical staff in the area of factory wastewater management for large and small enterprises in a wide variety of industries.
“TSMC has always been dedicated to social participation and fulfilling its corporate social responsibility by acting as a positive force in the areas of morals, business ethics, economy, the rule of law, and environmental protection,” said TSMC Spokesperson and Senior Vice President Ms. Lora Ho. “This Industrial Water Conservation class is a good beginning for our efforts to share our know-how, and we plan to find more innovative and mutually beneficial ways to improve the industrial sector and do our part for sustainability.”
TSMC currently has more than 100 engineers working on wastewater recycling and treatment. Since 2008, TSMC has achieved a water recycling rate of 83%, reaching as high as 90% at some facilities This recycled wastewater is separated and purified, and 70% to 80% is reused in the manufacturing process. In 2010, water conservation measures reduced the company’s costs by approximately NT$400 million.