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. As for environmental performace management, GIGABYTE plans a clear long-term goal and adopts active reduction measures based on a short-term target, “333 Reduction”, aiming to reduce carbon, water, and waste by 3% per year.

The scope of environmental performance disclosure below covers GIGABYTE’s operation headquarters, Taoyuan Nanping plant, Dongguan, and Ningbo plants in mainland China. The energy-related data also covers the Taipei Silicon Valley Park Offices, where GIGABYTE’s subsidiaries G-Style, GIGAPIC, Bestyield International, and Selita Precision are located. This coverage accounts for approximately 93% of the Group’s consolidated revenue in 2022.

Performance of Environmental Management Target

Progress Tracker of Long-term Reduction Targets

Reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 2025 compared to2009
GHG emissions have been reduced by 42.99% in 2022

Reduce water use by 20% in 2030 compared to 2010
Water consumption has been reduced by 35.17% in 2022

Reduce waste generation by 50% in 2030 compared to 2010
Waste generation has been reduced by 11.99% in 2022

Progress Tracker of 333 Reduction Plan Targets

Reduction Performance of GHG Emissions, Water, and Waste in 2022
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Decreased 2,060.50 t-CO2e compared to the previous year
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Decreased 6,270 metric tons compared to the previous year
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Decreased 263.19 metric tons compared to the previous year

GIGABYTE added the Taipei Silicon Valley Park offices of the subsidiaries Bestyield International and G-Style to the greenhouse gas inventory scope in 2021. Also, our sales increased significantly in the year due to stay-at-home economy and distance working stirred by the pandemic, as well as the development of innovative resolutions together with global partners for supporting intelligentization of manufacturing, medical, transportation, communications, etc. Therefore, except water consumption, both carbon emissions and waste generation increased and did not reach the yearly target this year.

Performance of Energy and Waste Management

Energy Conservation

Electricity is the primary type of energy used by GIGABYTE in our routine operations and production processes. GIGABYTE added the Taipei Silicon Valley Park offices, where the subsidiaries Bestyield International, G-Style, GIGAPIC, and Selita Precision are located, to the scope of our energy inventory in 2022. As a result, total electricity consumption was 42,061.16 MWh, cutting 4.97% from 2021 and 21.01% lower than in 2009. The analysis found that the increase in electricity consumption was due to the rise in production output as well as the more complex and energy-intensive production processes required for products with a complete set of features. GIGABYTE is therefore continuing to invest in the energy efficiency of production lines through greater automation and internal energy efficiency training. In 2022, our plants carried out dozens of intelligent production upgrades. These included optimization of production line configuration and processes, equipment upgrades and developments, and introduction of work aids as part of our continued efforts to realize the goal of intelligent production.

Electricity Consumption

Water Resource Conservation

The manufacturing process of GIGABYTE’s products is mainly assembly, which only consumes a little 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 performance reporting. 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

Regarding wastewater discharge, all of GIGABYTE’s wastewater is domestic sewage and is legally discharged into underground sewers in compliance with 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 each GIGABYTE’s operating base are entrusted to local qualified manufacturers for disposal. In accordance with local waste disposal regulations, the manufacturer clears and transports waste off-site for disposal, and provides a proper disposal receipt for the company’s declaration and management of disposal. Audits are also conducted regularly at waste disposal manufacturers to ensure proper waste disposal. We strive to reduce waste by improving the process and introducing circular resource modes. Our ultimate goal is to achieve “Zero Waste and Zero Pollution”.

Waste

Unit: metric tons

  Treatment Approach 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste Waste recycled/ reuse 1,138.54 1,206.97 1,298.25 1,401.01 1,152.01
Waste lanfilled 428.70 310.22 337.57 498.57 431.21
Waste incinerated with energy recovery 33.71 187.96 210.82 337.64 315.88
Waste incinerated without energy recovery 0 0 0 0 0
Waste otherwise disposed (including compost) 8.56 7.55 6.91 7.37 174.15
Subtotal 1,609.51 1,712.70 1,853.55 2,244.59 2,073.25
Hazardous Industrial Waste Waste treated by legal disposal companies externally 114.2 106.51 217.53 233.41 141.57
Total Waste 1,723.71 1,819.21 2,071.08 2,478.00 2,214.82

 [Note] The information on the treatment approach is provided by the entrusted waste disposal companies.

VOCs Management

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can easily react with other pollutants in the lower atmosphere, such as photochemical reactions with nitrogen oxides (NOx) to form ozone or smog, one of the main causes of poor air quality. GIGABYTE’s air pollution control complies with Taiwan and mainland China regulations and standards. Taoyuan Nanping plant is not subject to Taiwan’s “Air Pollution Control Act” at present. Dongguan and Ningbo Factories have been inspecting VOCs every year since 2020 in order to properly solve the problem of xylene and non-methane total hydrocarbon emissions. The emissions comply with local regulations and standards.

VOCs Emissions

[Note] Only China Dongguan Factory inspected VOCs emissions in 2020.

Sustainability and Environmental Education Promotion

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; call on suppliers of “Reduction. Sharing. Love the Earth” Alliance to join the “333 Reduction Plan” and environmental protection activities to guard the planet together.

For further details, please refer to Sustainability and Environmental Education.

For further details, please refer to Tetralogy of Supply Chain Engagement.

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. Between 2017 and 2022, 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.

Sustainability and Environmental Education Hours in the Most Recent 5 Years