Environment Protection & Green Product Development

Key Achievements

Achievement of Environmental Protection

ISO-14001 and ISO14064 management systems have been introduced and certified to fulfill our environmental protection obligations. These demonstrate our commitment to the system and continual improvement by ensuring their full understanding and implementation by all employees.

In 2020, GHG emission was 36.85 tons less than 2019

In 2020, energy conservation was 72,400 kwh, energy conservation rate was 1.01%

In 2020, water consumption was 5,483 tons less than 2019

In 2020, waste recycle rate was 71.96%

In 2020, SNI had NO environmental protection related to fines or penalties

In 2020, water recycle rate was 9.74%

Achievement of Green Product Development

In order to connect to the world and contribute to the cause of environmental protection, SNI has been committed to the manufacturing of eco-friendly products, and given the premise of not compromising product performance and reliability, we have endeavored to cut down on the use of raw materials for our products and opted for raw materials that are compliant with pertinent green and environmental protection regulations while refraining from using conflict minerals in our products so as to stay compliant with relevant environmental regulations around the world. On top of that, we have dedicated ourselves to minimizing our emission of GHG in order to mitigate the impacts of climate changes by incorporating energy-saving features in our product designs through the use of parts/components that operate on low-energy consumption models. In addition, we have also been promoting energy-saving measures and improving equipment efficiency to reduce their carbon emission during our product lifecycles. With regards to product packaging, in addition to ensuring adequate protection for products, we have also given thoughts to green design philosophies that involve the reduction, cyclic recycling, and reuse of packaging materials while reducing the bulk of product packaging and prioritizing green logistics that help to decrease energy resource consumption. In short, we have been hard at work to fulfill our mission of manufacturing various eco-friendly products that are compliant with pertinent regulations.

In 2020, optimized the GPMS green product management system

In 2020, SNI received the 2019 Outstanding Performance Award from the Importers and Exporters Association

In 2020, SNI received the 2019 Top 500 Importers and Exporters Medal Award from the Bureau of International Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs

In 2020, EnGenius ECW260 Received the Redes Zone Media Review 10/10 Award

In 2020, EnGenius Cloud Received the Winmag Pro Editor’s Choice 9.1 and MKB Best Choice Award

In 2020, SNI’s green purchase amount reached a total of NT$69,923,433

In 2020, SNI was named an outstanding Green Purchasing Private Organization for 2019 from the Taoyuan City Government, Department of Environmental Protection

In 2020, reducing PCB updates in project development with a total of 2,643 pcs scraps reduced

In 2020, paper pulp tray packaging for products was used to a total of 25.24 tons of recycled pulps

Environmental Protection

SNI’s Hwa Ya Plants have ISO 14001/ISO 45001 accreditation. Through a continual improvement process, the company is able to improve its safety and health performance as a way of protecting its employees and company assets.

SNI trains its personnel to be responsible for managing ISO 14001/ISO 45001 system operations and performing routine internal audits through its EHS system so as to review the system and identify aspects that need improvement to enhance the efficiency of operations. This can help the company achieve its goals of environmental protection and hazard prevention.

SNI has been promoting energy conservation measures and improving equipment energy usage efficiency by implementing the following:

1. Turning off lights in the office and warehouse during lunch break, turning off power when the conference room is not in use, and installing scheduled activation and deactivation of lights in public areas.
2. For the air-conditioning systems and water chillers, eco-friendly refrigerants are used and regular maintenance is performed by cleaning and replacing filters to improve the air-conditioning systems’ efficiency, while reducing energy consumption.
3. Machinery and equipment: turning off the power for machines that are idle or on standby for extended periods of time; carring out the regular maintenance to keep all equipment and machinery in normal operation to improve equipment utilization rate while reducing power consumption.
4. Using LED lamps as light fixtures at the plants, replacing energy-consuming light sources with energy-saving alternatives.
5. Replacement of physical servers with virtual servers: By adopting a virtual server solution, the company is able to integrate multiple physical servers to reduce server procurement and power consumption.
6. Adopting online video conferencing software: The software effectively reduces the frequency of business trips between plants and international business trips taken by employees, thereby reducing CO2 emissions generated by transportation.
7. Internal transfer training course provided by a seeded external training personnel for SNI employees involved in energy conservation and carbon reduction.
8. Introducing Lean Production for process optimization to improve production efficacy while reducing waste.
9. Public space is utilized for posting of energy-efficiency slogans and hand-made posters.
10. Changing the exhaust pipe of the equipment to a dedicated pipe to reduce the piping loss and enhance the efficiency of air extraction, changing the exhaust equipment to variable frequency equipment to enhance the energy efficiency of the equipment and reduce power consumption.

Power-saving operation of reflow oven

DIP Ventilation Improvement

SNI continues to promote and implement water conservation measures as well as improve water efficiency for its equipment and water recycling efficiency, by means of the following:

1. Posting water conservation slogans on the premises to remind all employees to support the concept of water conservation and the habit of turning faucets off after use.
2. Management of domestic water use by establishing specific reporting mechanisms; in the event of water leakage, employees should report it immediately for repair/maintenance. The company has also installed various water-saving devices and facilities, such as water savers on faucets to reduce water flow.
3. Potable water: The company performs routine equipment inspection and maintenance and replaces filters according to schedule, to improve the efficiency of water equipment.
4. The company installed a recycling equipment for water discharged by its RO potable water system to be used for water chiller heat exchange in 2015.
5. In 2020, the water will be recycled into air-conditioning cooling water and used for planting and irrigation.

Through various water conservation measures, the company has improved water efficiency and eliminated the unnecessary waste of water resources. In the future, SNI will continue to promote the use of certified water conservation equipment for reducing water consumption and introduce rainwater recycling facilities for improving water recycling, in order to reduce the company’s overall water consumption and operating costs.

The impact of climate change on the world’s regional economies, countries, industries, and even individuals, is becoming increasingly profound and serious. To protect the environment, SNI has been conducting its annual organizational GHG inventory since 2016, based on the ISO 14064-1 GHG Management System Standards. The inventory covers SNI’s Hwa Ya Plants, the company has completed the GHG inventory and obtained the external verification certificate from 2015 to 2020. In the future, SNI will continue to commission a third party to perform the verification process and obtain the external verification certificate to ensure data integrity and credibility. Through inventories and verifications, the company was able to monitor its emissions as well as motivate relevant departments to explore potential areas and opportunities for reduction and gradually formulate corresponding action plans. This would help improve SNI’s emission reduction year by year.

ISO14064 GHG inventory was accredited to TUVNORD’s two-stage certification

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SNI has been promoting various waste reduction optimization activities at its various plants, including:

1. E-requisition forms are used to effectively reduce the amount of paper waste due to printed purchase request forms.
2. Reduction of paper use in accounting operations; relevant accounting vouchers (except for GUI or invoices issued by external parties) that have been converted to electronic forms need not be printed (i.e., vouchers for payment requests/sales of goods entries/inventories/audits by accountants/ other accounting operations) to save paper and time in sorting and archiving printed materials.
3. Moving to a paperless manufacturing system, which reduces the issuance of printed slips, thereby enabling the company to reduce the amount of paper waste.
4. Setting up Used Battery Recycling Stations: the company collected a total of 6kg of used batteries in 2020.
5. Using the e-catalog design of products and e-marketing tools enables the company to reduce printing and paper waste.
6. Product Unboxing, Brand Exposure, and Traffic Steering: For new products, the company has looked for suitable candidates as key opinion leaders (KOL) to do product unboxing for marketing purposes on various social community platforms and to generate media exposure. Apart from reducing the amount of printing needed, this approach also boosts the effectiveness of e-marketing.
7. Introduction of Automated Jigs: Manual operation is replaced by actuating cylinder to reduce work time of operators, improve production quality, and minimize the need for rework or scrapping due to defects.
8. The online Hwa Ya Headquarter dining-attendance system replaces the use of meal coupons to reduce paper waste.
9. “Along with SNI” E-newsletters: E-newsletters are issued quarterly to relay information about the company’s activities to colleagues, enhance organizational communication and raise employer’s team unity to help reduce printing and paper consumption.
10. Elimination of SOP paper work and introduction of electronic SOP system to reduce the use of paper.
11. Intelligent shelves replaced traditional shelves, reducing material storage area, inventory days and material mis-distribution and waste.

Air pollution prevention

SNI implements an air quality management strategy that requires all pollutants to be properly treated prior to emission in order to maintain environmental quality standards. It’s exhaust fumes primarily come from its SMT and DIP soldering processes. To ensure effective pollution control, SNI has reduced the consumption of raw materials in its processes while implementing relevant pollutant discharge measures and control (i.e., managing from the source). It has also been enhancing the effectivity of it’s exhaust treatment equipment to ensure effective control of exhaust discharge.
Although SNI is not categorized by the EPA under industrial air pollution control, in an effort to maintain air quality, it has installed an active carbon absorption tower at its Hwa Ya Headquarters in which exhaust emission generated during the SMT and DIP soldering processes are discharged through the local exhaust ventilation systems for collective treatment using the active carbon absorption tower before they are released into the air. The active carbon absorption tower is routinely serviced on a yearly basis to maintain its operational efficacy so as to mitigate environmental impact.

Wastewater Treatment

SNI generates no effluent from its processes and the pipeline of its domestic wastewater is connected to Hwa Ya Park Administration Center Wastewater Treatment Plant for collective treatment before the wastewater is discharged into the Nankan River. The Environmental Engineering Section of the Administration Center is responsible for carrying out routine sample inspection of wastewater (in terms of volume) and concentration of SS, COD and pH; all of which must be compliant with accepted standards for wastewater treatment plants. At each plant, plant personnel are assigned to take meter readings daily to monitor the status of wastewater or any changes in order to ensure compliance with accepted standards for wastewater treatment plants.

Green Product Development

Conform to regulatory and customer requirements

Compliance with requirements set forth in RoHS and WEEE directives SNI ensures that our products do not contain (or are restricted use of) environmentally hazardous substances and meets customer requirements for recycle of waste electrical and electronic products. The company makes all efforts to avoid excessive end products turned into electrical and electronic waste from entering the landfill and raise the percentage resource reuse to reduce the impact on the environment. Comply with the EuP spirit, including eco-design, conformity assessment, and declaration of conformity and disclose relevant data appropriately to consumers.

Provide hazardous substance-free products

Aggressively and voluntarily apprehend the information of environmental restricted substances and identify international green specifications and the requirements of environmental NGOs in higher priorities. Continuously optimize the green supply chain and promote systematized control to provide customers with products containing hazardous substance-free.

Dedicate to eco-design development

Equip with the product life-cycle concept and assessment ability in the Annex I Eco-Design Requirements under the EuP. Equip with product life-cycle concept and assessment ability. Implement the product life-cycle concept to assess data and identify the key of eco-design toward eco-design development.

Quality that guarantees customer satisfaction

SNI is committed to the following policy for quality management: “To ensure legal compliance while understanding and accomplishing customers’ expectations” as required by our service spirit of “customer satisfaction”. To this end, all SNI employees are required to attain a thorough understanding of the Company’s management philosophies and quality policy and actively carry through with these principles.

Hazardous Substances Requirement

SNI takes green sustainable operation seriously, and as such, steps have been taken to ensure that all our raw materials used for manufacturing are compliant with pertinent green and environmental regulations. The company actively assisting vendors in its supply chain to transform into green enterprises while continuing to update our knowledge of the latest international regulations (i.e., EU’s RoHS directives, REACH-SVHC, and so forth), customers’ demand for Green Product (GP) and relevant quality requirements before explicitly asking and assisting our suppliers to ensure compliance with customers’ GP and quality requirements as we continue to promote our green sustainable value chain.

Out of our concern for consumer health and safety, SNI has established specific regulations that require all products to pass pertinent safety regulations and standard testing in order for our products to be equipped with specific safety characteristics. After products have passed safety standard certification, corresponding safety standard labels will be put on the products as our way to ensure that our products have met the required safety target. In the future, we will continue to work with customer requirements and engage in new product safety regulation certification applications so that we can achieve our target score of 100% in terms of safety improvement evaluation.

Since 2016, SNI has responded to the government’s green purchasing and green consumption promotion for enterprises and organizations by advocating the purchase of eco-friendly materials and products as a way to instill the concept of green purchasing in employees. In 2020, the company kept promoting its purchasing mechanism for general consumable materials and green product purchases. In the same year, all SNI primary materials were compliant with requirements for restricted substance management. Aside from continuing to purchase green raw materials that are compliant with the aforementioned requirements, the company also plans to promote general consumable materials and green product purchasing that are in line with recycling, low-pollution or energy-conservation standards. SNI hopes to gradually encourage its supply chain to jointly respond to the government’s initiative of promoting general consumable materials and green product purchasing.

SNI has made a conscious effort to purchase materials and products with relevant eco-friendly labels.