• Environment Protection
  • Response to Climate Change
  • Water Resource Management
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Greenhouse Gas inventory & reduction
Environment Protection Policy

We are fully aware the importance of environmental impact that unavoidable and related to our manufacturing processes, thus it is our responsibility and commitment to protect the environmental, our dedication and continual improvement. Apex has established a greenhouse gas inventory in 2019 as its emission reduction target list, and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the inventory by 5% in the next five years:

  • Conform to requirements of environmental laws and regulations
  • Improve continuously the prevention of pollutions
  • Carry out energy and resource-saving projects
  • Implement education and training in environmental protection
  • Import “Services for Passing &Exchanging Electronic Documents”

Action:
1. Adopt the greening project around the factory.
2. Organize the planting of mangroves.
In the year 2020, Apex allocated 780 thousand Baht to support a total of 18 social activities. Apex takes the initiative to care for employees, and our employees are happy to give back to society after work, creating a positive cycle to make society better.

Response to Climate Change

APEX's strategies for responding to climate change are to monitoring risks and opportunities in aspects of regulations, natural disasters, customer requirement and company reputation, and lead to actions taken as below:

  • GHG emission/inventory: to understand the GHG emission/inventory of APEX, and also obtain the assurance of its result from third-party.
  • Set up energy saving targets: cooperate with qualified supplier/government resources with system-integrated technology, to most efficiently consume energy during the production behavior.
  • Renewable energy: plan to install roof-top solar cell PV model for the first stage of renewable energy adoption policy within 3 years.
  • Water resource management: to survey the solution to recycle the front/middle/after production water usage, saving water and reducing the risk of drought impact to APEX.
  • Green Production : strictly require factories and suppliers of the prohibition of conflict minerals adoption, and well treatment for factory waste chemicals.

Apex has set up factories in Thailand for more than ten years, and experienced the worst flood disaster in Thailand in decades in 2011. Apex deeply understands the risks and opportunities brought about by climate change and has begun to pay attention to environmental issues. Apex has made the identification of climate change risk and opportunity lists according to the Climate-Related Financial Disclosure Recommendation (TCFD) and the reference to the manufacturing climate change adaptation guideline, and adopt the corresponding measures, as shown in the following table:

Apex Climate Change Risk Lists and Corresponding Measures

Apex Climate Change Opportunity Lists and Current Measure/Future Goal

Water Resource Management

Since water resources are inherently local, APEX collaborates with the Industrial Estate Administration to discuss raw water allocation and emergency response plans for water shortages. APEX understands that climate change can cause flooding and drought. We took the following actions to respond to water resource risks.)

  • Identified short-term and long-term water resource risks.
  • Developed and executed short-term and long-term water resource risk mitigation projects such as wastewater recycling.
  • Continuing to conserve water consumption in each fab.

Thai factory CW water utilization rate

Waste water
In 2020, Apex consumed around 2.96 million cu.m of water. The volume of waste water discharge is approximately 2.60 million cu.m. Apex Thai factory has projected to recyclewater utilization rate before recycle: 84%; after recycle:95%(The data has been verified by SGS Taiwan Ltd.)

Apex Thai factory has projected to recycle water utilization rate before recycle: 84%; after recycle:95%.

Green Manufacturing

APEX seeks to optimize processes to minimize raw material use and waste production, protecting the environment while reducing costs at the same time. APEX has a designated unit that periodically reviews raw materials reduction performance. Internally, we optimize our process recipe for raw material usage, which can not only reduce production cost but also reduce the generation of pollutants and wastes. Externally, we require our process tool suppliers to review and minimize the chemical usage step by step. (The data has been verified by SGS Taiwan Ltd.)

Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Reduction

Apex is aware of global concerns on climate change and Green House Gases (GHG) emissions
and materiality for all organizational departments to take action on GHG emission reduction.
Apex has established the first GHG inventory as initial review for materiality in this issue since2016. Took 2019 as the base year, it is planned to reduce the output emissions in the Scope 1and Scope 2 inventories by 5% within next five years. Apex operations mainly consumed electrical energy for manufacturing and power supply, working on energy conservation program led to gradual decrease in both energy consumption and GHG emission.

2020 annual energy saving implementation:
1. Both plants focused on improving air pressure/air conditioning/ice water systems and replacing energy-saving bulbs to improve the energy efficiency of the system by 20%. (2016 as the base year when the energy saving project started)
2. In 2020, Apex process 2 energy saving projects and saved 670,000kWh, i.e., reducing 401 tons CO2 emission. Other type of GHG concerns are from the supply chain, so Apex chose to establish GHG scope 3 inventory for premium freight as initial information. Apex is expecting to expand the inventory for all mode of transportation and evaluate appropriate work with supplier to control GHG scope 3.

Apex has applied TGO-CFO (Thailand Green House Gases Management Organization – Carbon Footprint for Organization) scheme (as equivalent to ISO14064-1:2006) as reporting standard and formulated the GHG inventory list. This standard covers the report of Carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous oxide (N2O) as applicable to consolidation of Apex’s operational control approaches. The information in this report is collected by region. If the group does not have a factory in the area but has a company established, only the electricity consumed by the local office will be collected. Therefore, the global warming potential (Global warming potential; “GWP”) can be divided into three countries. Taiwan adopts the 108 (2019) Electricity Carbon Emission Factor published by the Bureau of Energy, Ministry of
Economic Affairs; China adopts the baseline emissions of the Southern Regional Grid Baseline Emission Factors 2019 published by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment; Thailand adopts the Emission Factor published by the TGO-CFO organization. (The data has been verified by SGS Taiwan Ltd.)

 

 

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