Under the crisis of global warming, how to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the damage to the environment is the unshrinkable responsibility of today's enterprises. As a responsible corporate citizen, Getac has set the Company's environmental policy with the goal of “Care for Environment, Sustainable Recycling”, clearly set for cherishing the earth's resources, complying with national environmental laws and regulations, and integrating the concept of green products into the product life cycle. from the raw material acquisition, production research and development design, production, transportation distribution to recycling after the product is used, do our best to slow down the environmental impact by moving toward low pollution, saving resources and producing products with the thinking of easier to disassemble for recycle as well as able to recycle and reuse.
Getac is committed to promoting green production, fulfilling our responsibility to protect the earth, through standard operation procedures; we include water resources management, energy management, waste water, waste, and air pollution prevention in our daily management. All Getac's factories scrupulously abide by the environmental laws and regulations of the plant locations, and all factories have obtained the environmental management system certification of ISO14001 or the same level, and all plants have completed the new version certification of ISO14001:2015 at the end of 2018. In 2018, none of the Company's factories received major fines or non-monetary penalties for violations of environmental laws and regulations.
We began by promoting energy conservation and carbon reduction in our manufacturing processes. In 2018, Getac's plants consumed a total of 712,142 GJ, but the energy intensity exhibited a declining trend, from 0.010 GJ per US$1,000 in 2017 to 0.926 GJ per US$1,000 in 2018, which reflects a steady increase of the economic efficiency of energy. The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity is declining as well, the total amount of Getac GHG Emissions in 2018 (includes MPT Vietnam) is 99,436 metric tons of CO2e, although increased compare to 84,237 metric tons of CO2e in 2017, but the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity is decreasing yrearly, from 0.148 in 2016, 0.146 in 2017 to 0.115 in 2018 (Metric tons of CO2e per US$1,000).
- Plants (MPT Kunshan and MPT Suzhou) specializing in the production of plastic-injected mechanical parts have introduced Green Molding technology and invested in new energy-saving molding machine feed tubes, drying cylinders, and heating collars, so as to comprehensively improve energy efficiency.
- Established power consumptions goals, performed daily monitoring to record the amount of power consumed, and provided monthly reports on power usage. When abnormalities occurred or usage exceeded the limit, power-consuming units had to submit inspection and improvement plans. For example, metal die casting used to make automotive mechanical parts consumes a relatively high amount of energy. By establishing a maximum energy cost per kilogram of aluminum and magnesium, it became a daily energy management goal to save more than 2% of energy per unit product.
- Plants continued to raise the production automation rate, which not only saves manpower, but also improves production efficiency through increased production yield, thereby lowering energy consumption.
- Advanced process technology shortened mold heating time and cycle time per unit product, which reduced the number and uptime of machines used.
Water Resource Management
With the rapid changes in global climate, the access to freshwater is vital to the survival of all human beings. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda passed by the United Nations will also set the: “Ensure that all people have access to water and health facilities of sustainable management.” as the key agenda. How to save water resources and clean discharge has become an important issue for the Corporate Sustainable Development.
Due to steady growth in revenue of Getac Technology Corp. during recent years, the water consumption has increased slightly, and newly disclosed MPT Vietnam Plant in 2018, China and Taiwan water in municipal facilities comes from abundant local water sources, and Vietnam Plant municipal water comes from groundwater. The Company's water withdrawal is primarily used in the production process with total water withdrawal in 2018 was 724 megaliters, total water discharge was 391 megaliters and total water consumption was 330 megaliters. Due to different degree of water used in different processes of each plant, the electronic products are low in water demand for assembly lines, the water consumptions of combo mechanical products and automotive mechanical products are relatively higher, accounted for over 98% of total water withdrawal, with the water is used for mold cooling of plastic injection processes, paint coating production line and cleaning of metal die-casting products. In order to promote water resources recycling, Getac Invested in recycling water and cleaning equipment in the combo mechanical plant and automotive mechanical parts plant of main water consumption, to maximize the recycling of water. The total amount of water recycled in 2018 was 15,983 megaliters, and recycled water accounted for approximately 91% of all water consumption, equivalent to 6,393 standard swimming pools.
Corporate Pollution Prevention
With respect to corporate pollution prevention, Getac aims to achieve legal compliance, zero pollution, and zero violation as its management goals. In recent years, we have invested in retrofitting eco-friendly and energy-saving equipment to fulfill the environmental duties required of a corporate citizen.
The plastic injection process of the combo mechanical solution cools the mold temperature with water, and the automobile mechanical parts clean the powder dust and oil stains produced by the metal parts in the die-casting process, and the process wastewater such as mold release water and cutting fluid are discharged through the plant with initial treatment before being discharged to the outside of the organization, then further processed by the municipal sewage treatment plants or qualified operators.
Waste gases emitted by the company's production bases mostly originate from oil-based painting processes, die casting, and central burners for aluminum ingots. These plants have acquired government-issued emission permits. Waste gases produced in the plants are first treated via equipment in the plant and released into the environment after they are verified to have complied with emission standards. All Getac's production bases have prohibited the use of old refrigerants; therefore these bases do not produce any ozone-depleting substances. All production bases have commissioned a third party to conduct waste gas testing every year regularly, and have reported these test results in accordance with the law. In 2018, all production bases were not involved in violation cases stemming from illegal emissions or leakage. Hazardous waste mainly comes from plant processes and residuals filtered from wastewater devices. Non-recyclable hazardous waste is incinerated and processed by commissioning local certified vendors. This waste is not transported to other places or countries. Scrap waste and aluminum slag can be reused and are therefore recycled for reuse.
Energy, Emission and Water data of each site*
|Energy||Total Energy Consumption||GJ||645,852||712,142|
|Energy Intensity||GJ per US$1,000||1.010||0.926|
|Emission||Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Metric tons of CO2e||84,237||99,436|
|Scope 1||Metric tons of CO2e||9,254||10,196|
|Scope 2||Metric tons of CO2e||74,983||89,240|
|Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity||Metric tons of CO2e per US$1,000||0.132||0.129|
|Water Intensity||Water Withdraw(Megaliter) / revenue (per US$1,000,000)||0.85||0.94|
|Water recycling rate||Amount of water recycled/ (Amount of water recycled+ Amount of water withdrawed）||89%||91%|
* The boundary of the Report encompasses Getac Technology Corporation HQ(Getac Linkou included), System Product manufacturing site (Getac Kunshan), Combo Mechanical Solution manufacturing sites (MPT Kunshan, MPT Suzhou, MPT Vietnam), and Automotive Mechanical Solution manufacturing sites (Getac Changshu, Getac Vietnam). The scope of disclosure already covers more than 91% of the company's consolidated revenue. In 2018, the scope of disclosure includes one additional plant(MPT Vietnam) compared to 2017, which resaults to an increasing of total amount .
** The data of "Water Discharge" and "Water Consumption" in 2018 are discolsed according to the criteria of latest 2018 GRI standard 303"water and effluents " , however, in 2017 those were calculated on a very different basis therefore not included in the scope of disclosure.