Faced with the issue of environmental sustainability, on the matters of climate change and global warming, Chia Hsin Cement Group engages in energy-saving, carbon-reducing, and water-conserving practices and adopts various measures, such as continuing to or transitioning to the use of environmentally friendly and energy and water-saving products, avoiding disposable tableware, and decreasing the use of bottled water in order to diminish the negative impact of our operations on the environment. When introducing new business projects, we actively incorporate environmental sustainability-related international quality certification standards and implement relevant environmental and ecological protection measures to ensure the environmental friendliness and livability of our buildings in aspects such as design, construction, and operational methods, thus promoting the concepts of health and quality of life and fulfilling our social responsibilities in environmental management and ecological protection.
Environment Management Approaches
Key implementation results for 2022
1. Chia Hsin Building won the 2022 Taipei City ZeroCarbon Benchmarking Award in the Industrial and Commercial A Category (with a contracted capacity of more than 800kWh).
2. Due to the continuous improvement of our energy efficiency, energy saving amounted to NT$1,720,000.
1. Continuously expanded the boundaries of ISO14064-1 for GHG inventories.
2. Introduced the Energy Management System ISO50001 and Environmental Management System ISO14001 to all our locations.
Planning for the development of energy storage and solar panel projects in line with the corporation’s green energy objectives (In progress).
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Starting from 2021, Chia Hsin Cement Group conducts annual greenhouse gas inventories in accordance with ISO14064-1:2018 standards and undergoes thirdparty verification every year, and expands the scope of operational sites for the inventories year by year, in order to accurately grasp the status of greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Management and Environmental Management System
With the Chief Sustainability Officer leading and Colleagues from the Office of Sustainability and each site participating in the working group, in 2021, Chia Hsin Cement Group’s headquarters adopted the ISO 50001 energy management system, followed by the adoption of the ISO 14001 environmental management system in 2022. Subsequently, the company merged the environmental and energy management systems.The company has made efforts to expand the integrated system to all of the Group’s sites in Taiwan and expect that third-party certification for each site in Taiwan will be completed in Q4 of 2023.
Implementing various energy-saving and carbon reduction measures and continuously upgrading energy-saving equipment
Since the Group no longer produces cement and focuses on cement sales and investment, most of the greenhouse gases generated is from electricity. The Group adopted measures to promote energy saving and carbon reduction within the organization through energy conservation, upgrading of energy efficiency, replacement of energy-saving products with first-class ones, reduction of lamps for lighting, and reduction of the capacity of the electric power contract.
Sustainable Building Certifications
When introducing new business projects, we actively incorporate environmental sustainability-related international quality certification standards and implement relevant environmental and ecological protection measures to ensure the environmental friendliness and livability of our buildings in aspects such as design, construction, and operational methods, thus promoting the concepts of health and quality of life and fulfilling our social responsibilities in environmental management and ecological protection.
Planning Renewable Energy
In 2022, the Sustainable Development Commission resolved to join the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) supporter and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and officially signed on to being a TCFD Supporter in December 2022. The Group has assessed climate change and related carbon risks, and aims to achieve carbon neutrality at its office locations by 2030 as our first milestone to 2050 net zero. In addition to continuing to implement energy and environmental management systems at each location, as well as, keep track of electricity consumption and implement equipment replacement to enhance electricity efficiency, the Group is actively evaluating various renewable energy options and planning for the development of energy storage or solar panels in accordance with the Group’s green energy goals (in progress). From 2025 onwards, it is expected that the solar panels to be constructed will produce approximately 1.2 million kWh/year.
Energy Efficiency in Operations
Main Environmental Performances
Implementing Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Chia Hsin headquarters completed the 2020 GHG inventory and passed external verification. The scope of the inventory was expanded to all business locations in 2021.
Incorporating Energy Management Systems
In November 2021, Chia Hsin Headquarters completed ISO50001 energy management system certification and passed external verification. We will continue to adopt this system in other business locations.
Received LEED Green Building Certification
Located in Kokusai Dori St., Okinawa, Hotel Collective is the first wholly-owned hotel of Chia Hsin Cement Group. In June 2021, the hotel received LEED international green building certification.
Participating in the IHG Green Engage Program
InterContinental Okinawa Chura SUN Resort, Chia Hsin Cement Group’s second premium hotel located in Okinawa, Japan, introduced a five-star InterContinental Hotels & Resorts which is scheduled to open in 2025. To realize sustainable environmental development, InterContinental Okinawa Chura SUN Resort will participate in the IHG Green Engage program.
Awarded WELL Building Platinum Certification
Gemcare Maternity Center (Zhongshan and Dunhua Branches), a strategic partner of Chia Hsin Cement Group, was awarded WELL building platinum certification in 2020. Gemcare Maternity Center in Yangzhou, China obtained WELL Building Gold certification in 2021.
Incorporating Environmental Management Systems
In December 2022, Chia Hsin Headquarters completed ISO14001 environmental management system certification and passed external verification. We will continue to adopt this system in other business locations.