TSMC Holds 2008 Green Forum on "Present and Future of Green Factories"

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – October 16, 2008 - TSMC today held the “2008 Green Forum – The Present and Future of Green Factories”. In addition to sharing its own experience in domestic and foreign “green building” certification processes, TSMC also invited organizations including China Steel, AU Optronics, National Cheng Kung University, National Taipei University of Technology, and the Archetecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior, to discuss green building topics. The TSMC 2008 Green Forum is also the first event of the newly-established Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Forum, a series of cross-industry discussions on environmental protection.

“Many enterprises, governments, and organizations have responded to the challenge of climate change by pro-actively conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions, and TSMC is no exception,” said TSMC’s Vice Chairman, Dr. F.C. Tseng. “We have always strived for comprehensive environmental protection, including green R&D, green manufacturing, and green supply chains. In addition, we are now building green fabs and have accumulated some practical experience. We hope that through this forum, we can work with partners in all sectors to help green buildings take root in Taiwan.”

At this meeting, TSMC shared its hands-on experience in obtaining the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and applying for Taiwan’s Ecology, Energy Saving, Waste Reduction, and Health (EEWH) certification for its Fab 14 Phase III facility. TSMC also proposed working with green building experts to draft guidelines for green industrial buildings in Taiwan, helping more domestic companies construct their own green factories and promote green manufacturing.

TSMC’s Fab 14 Phase III uses innovative systems designs as well as energy and power-conserving materials and equipment, and was able to reduce energy consumption 20 percent below standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Some 91 percent of Fab 14 Phase III’s construction waste was recycled, and in the future, TSMC aims to raise the water recycling rate of Fab14 Phase III to more than 90 percent at full capacity. TSMC has also pledged to obtain green building certification for all new facilities, and will use green building guidelines to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions for existing facilities.

“We are very grateful to our supplier partners for helping us successfully gain the LEED green building certification,” said TSMC Senior Vice President Dr. Stephen Tso. “We believe that working with our supporting upstream and downstream partners to promote environmentally friendly facilities is an important part of running a sustainable business. TSMC’s green buildings are only a starting point. We will continue to do our part to protect the environment we all live in.”

In addition, TSMC’s 2008 Green Forum is the first of a series of Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Forum events. The Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Forum was proposed in August of this year. With support from the Taiwan Business Council for Sustainable Development, TSMC invited leading domestic enterprises to become members of the forum, and this organization made up of 20 enterprises was officially established today, beginning a dialogue between domestic companies on environmental protection. This organization will hold regular discussions on outperforming government environmental regulations and will also hold events to expand experience-sharing across industries as well as help members in related industries implement and integrate best practices. It aims to become an influential domestic platform for cooperation between industry, government, and academia to support sustainable business, and to serve as a channel to connect Taiwan companies with global sustainability initiatives.

The 20 founding members of this forum, in alphabetical order, are: Acer Inc., Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., Asustek Computer Inc., AU Optronics Corp., Chi Mei Optoelectronics, China Steel Corp., Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd., Delta Electronics Inc., Everest Textile Co., Everlight Chemical Industrial Co., Kuozui Motors Ltd., Lite-On Technology Corp., Powerchip Semiconductor Corp., Taiwan CPC Corp., Taiwan Power Co., Teco Electric and Machinery Co. Ltd., TSMC, Uni-President Enterprises Corp., United Microelectronics Corp., and Yuen Foong Yu Paper Manufacturing Co. Ltd. The forum also welcomes new members.