Since the launch of the Green Action Plan in 2009, GIGABYTE has been devoted to building employees’ environmental awareness in their work and life through a comprehensive and pragmatic approach. Environmental protection and sustainability should not be lofty topics but rather a kind of habit practiced every day. Over the past decade, the Green Action Plan has delivered a variety of services: knowledge-oriented activities such as seminars, workshops, and newcomer training; experience-oriented activities such as working holidays, a green volunteering club, drawing and photography contests; custom-oriented measures like vegetarian food promotion, waste reduction – which have effectively promoted employees to develop more sustainable lifestyles and cultivate their environmental protection concepts. For further details, please refer to Sustainability and Environmental Education.

Besides the internal environmental education, the G-HOME GIGABYTE Sustainable Eco-Roof, founded in 2013, also promotes the benefits of rooftop greening by opening it to external visitors. In 2017, G-HOME received the Environmental Education Facility and Field Certification from the Environmental Protection Administration. The two certificated environmental education courses. Rooftop Greening is not A Dream and The World is a Circle, are developed to promote the concepts of sustainability, co-prosperity, and zero waste to the public, industries, government, and academia. Moreover, we look forward to seeing more sustainable eco-roofs being constructed to make Taiwan greener and healthier. For further details about G-HOME Sustainable Eco-Roof, please refer to Environmental Education at G-HOME.

Sustainability and Environmental Education Hours

Performance of Environmental Management Target

Progress Tracker of Long-term Reduction Targets

Reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 2025 compared to 2009

GHG emissions have been reduced by 41.23% in 2020

Reduce water use by 20% in 2030 compared to 2010

Water consumption has been reduced by 25.38% in 2020

Reduce waste generation by 50% in 2030 compared to 2010

Waste generation has been reduced by 17.71% in 2020

Progress Tracker of 333 Reduction Targets

Reduction Performance of GHG Emissions, Water, and Waste in 2020
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Increased 313.39 t-CO2e compared to the previous year
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Decreased 3,229 metric tons compared to the previous year
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Increased 251.87 metric tons compared to the previous year

Due to the epidemic in 2020, work-from-home and distance teaching led to a massive demand for hardware equipment. Consequently, our sales increased significantly compared to the previous year. As the result, to meet the growing demands, except water consumption, both the carbon emissions and waste generation increased in this year.

Performance of Energy and Waste Management

Energy Conservation

Electricity is the main type of energy used by GIGABYTE for routine operations and production processes. In 2020, GIGABYTE consumed 41,789.51 MWh of electricity. This was 19.6% lower than 2009 but 5.40% higher than 2019. The increase in power consumption during R&D and production processes was due to rising production output, more and more complex product portfolios, and greater functionality in individual products. GIGABYTE continues investing in raising the energy efficiency of production lines through introducing process automation and internal training. In 2020, the factories implemented 41 items of manufacturing process intelligentization that successfully increased productivity by 20 to 50% and saved the manpower 65 to 90%. We devote ourselves to reaching energy efficiency targets on all fronts.

Electricity Consumption

Water Resource Conservation

The manufacturing process of GIGABYTE’s products is mainly assembly, which does not consume too much water, and the water sources for basic factory facilities and domestic water are tap water. The water resources management policies are promoted and implemented through water-saving policies, education promotion, and annual reporting of the performance. Besides, we build rainwater recycling systems on the G-HOME Sustainable Eco-Roof that can supply about half of the water for irrigation every year. In the future, we will continue to look for raw materials with lower water footprints to achieve the water-saving target of the overall product lifecycle.

Water Withdrawal and Discharge

In terms of wastewater discharge, all GIGABYTE’s wastewater is domestic sewage and is legally discharged into underground sewers in accordance with the local laws and regulations. Thus, it has not caused impacts on the environment and ecology around the business locations.

Waste Reduction and Pollution Control

The domestic waste, recyclable waste, and hazardous industrial waste generated by GIGABYTE’s operation have been commissioned to legal cleaning and transportation companies for disposal. The “333 Reduction Plan” sets a target to reduce waste by 3% every year, and we strive to reduce waste through improving the process and introducing circular resource modes. Our ultimate goal is to achieve “Zero Waste and Zero Pollution”.

Waste

In terms of pollution control, since the GIGABYTE process is relatively simple, both industrial waste and hazardous waste of the assembly-based factories are managed by legal contractors. Besides, the Ningbo Factory has installed the related equipment for disposal of paint exhaust gas and electronic exhaust gas in response to its special manufacturing process in order to properly treat and dispose of xylene and non-methane hydrocarbon emissions.