TSMC Wins Taiwan EPA "Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction Action Mark"

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Dec 20, 2011 – TSMC today announced that the company's six-inch and eight-inch fabs (Fab 2, Fab 3, Fab 5, Fab 6, and Fab 8) have all gained the 2011 Executive Yuan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) "Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction Action Mark". Among them, Fabs 2 and 5 gained the highest recognition, the Outstanding Achievement Award, once again demonstrating TSMC's commitment to implementing environmental policy and promoting green factories.

TSMC has always abided by international environmental, health, and safety standards. Beyond obeying regulations in the countries where we operate, we also surpass legal requirements to make green management and sustainable growth strategies a part of our operations, and aspire to be a benchmark for green enterprises. In addition to conserving our own power and water and reducing our own waste and carbon emissions, we also work with our suppliers to build a green supply chain and provide green products and services to promote positive changes in industrial health, safety, and environmental protection.

In 2009, TSMC led industry partners to complete the world’s first Integrated Circuit Product Category Rule (IC PCR), helping the global electronics supply chain to meet requirements from Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, for all suppliers to provide eco-labeling. In the same year, TSMC also led 36 factories at 20 supplier partners in successfully completing and registering a carbon inventory, helping the industry prepare for the coming global trend of product carbon footprint labeling and eco-labeling. In 2011, TSMC led 15 key supplier partners to complete Taiwan’s first semiconductor supply chain inventory carbon footprint verification with assistance from the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau and the Industrial Technology Research Institute. At the same time, TSMC also gained third party verification of the carbon footprint of packaged ICs from our 12-inch wafers under the PAS2050 and ISO14067CD standards. In addition, Fab 5 also represented TSMC to complete a carbon footprint inventory for our eight-inch wafers, with all actions and data verified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), setting a new milestone for TSMC’s carbon management.

"TSMC works hard to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities in the areas of morality, business ethics, economy, the rule of law, sustainability, work/life balance, and philanthropy,” said J.K. Lin, Vice President of Operations / Mainstream Fabs. “We continue to show concern for global environmental, health, and safety issues, actively pursue green manufacturing, carry out comprehensive carbon management, and take action on government energy conservation and carbon reduction policies. It is our hope that we can make a contribution to sustainable growth and mitigating climate change."