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 2019, GHG emission was 199.62 tons less than 2018.

In 2019, energy conservation was 196,856 kwh, energy conservation rate was 2.84%.

In 2019, water consumption was  3,982 tons less than 2018.

In 2019, waste generation was 24.8 tons less than 2108.

 

In 2019, waste recycle rate was 74.96%. 

In 2019, SNI had NO environmental protection related to fines or penalties.

In 2019, water recycle rate was 5.31%.

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 2019, optimized the GPMS green product management system.

In 2019, SNI received the 2018 Outstanding Performance Award from the Importers and Exporters Association.

In 2019, EnGenius Technologies ESR580 received CEPro 2019 BEST Award for Home Networking.

In 2019, SNI’s green purchase amount reached a total of NT$39,956,618.

In 2019, SNI was named an outstanding Green Purchasing Private Organization for 2018 from EPA.

In 2019, reducing PCB updates in project development with a total of 7,645 pcs scraps reduced.

In 2019, paper pulp tray packaging for products was used to a total of 10.7 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.

Power-saving operation of reflow oven

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: power is turned off for machines that are idle or on standby for extended periods of time; regular maintenance is carried out to keep all equipment and machinery in normal operation to improve equipment utilization rate while reducing power consumption.
4. LED lamps are used 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, SNI 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.

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. SNI has also installed various water-saving devices and facilities, such as water savers on faucets to reduce water flow.
3. Potable water: SNI performs routine equipment inspection and maintenance, and replaces filters according to schedule to improve the efficiency of water equipment.
4. In 2015, SNI installed a recycling equipment for water discharged by its RO potable water system to be used for water chiller heat exchange.

SNI has been working to have an adequate grasp of pertinent domestic and foreign regulations relating to energy and GHG. Presently, the GHG Emission Declaration Management Procedure and Applicable Targets promulgated by the EPA does not apply to SNI but in order to satisfy environmental protection needs, starting from 2016, the Company has been conducting its annual GHG organizational inventory in accordance with the ISO 14064-1 GHG Management System Standard. The inventory covers our Hwa Ya Plants (Plants 1 and 2) and in December 2019, we commissioned a third party to perform the verification and received our external verification certificate to ensure data integrity and credibility. Through inventories and verifications, we were not only able to achieve an accurate grasp on the company’s emission but also motivate relevant departments to explore potential space and opportunities for reduction and in turn, formulate action plans for reduction. This will help to improve SNI’s emission performance over the years.

ISO14064 GHG inventory for 2019 was accredited to TUVNORD’s two-stage certification.

ISO14064 GHG inventory for 2018 was accredited to TUVNORD’s two-stage certification.

ISO14064 GHG inventory for 2017 was accredited to TUVNORD’s two-stage certification.

ISO14064 GHG inventory for 2016 was accredited to TUVNORD’s two-stage certification.

ISO14064 GHG inventory for 2015 was accredited to TUVNORD’s two-stage certification.

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 as well as time in sorting and archiving printed materials.
3. Moving to a paperless manufacturing system, which reduces the issuance of printed slips, thereby enabling SNI to reduce the amount of paper waste.
4. Setting up Used Battery Recycling Sites: SNI collected a total of 16.35kgs of used batteries in 2019.
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, SNI will look 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. Introduction of a Work Table Construction Project: The materials removed from the belt line were used to build work tables designed for assembly and packaging operations in order to reduce waste generation while saving approximately NT$175,000 from external purchases.
9. The concept of international law: Based on RBU of countries (Dubai, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, and Canada), SNI cooperates with local legal advisors to optimize global trademark management in accordance with the updated status of local laws and regulations, and to fully convert overseas documents and contracts into electronic forms. It has reduced maintenance costs by approximately NT$28,611.
10. Legal electronic column: In the form of electronic newsletters, the Legal Affairs Department sends excerpts of the current month’s legal education content to all employees to help reduce printing/paper consumption.
11. The online Hwa Ya Plant dining-attendance system replaces the use of meal coupons to reduce paper waste.

Air pollution prevention

SNI’s air quality management strategy requires that all pollutants be properly treated prior to their emission in order to maintain environmental quality. Our exhaust fumes primarily come from our SMT and DIP soldering and to ensure effective pollution control, we have to reduce the consumption of raw materials in our processes while implementing relevant pollutant discharge measures and control – in other words, management at the source; we have also been improving the effectiveness of our exhaust treatment equipment to ensure effective control of exhaust discharge.

Wastewater Treatment

SNI generates no effluent from its processes and the pipeline of our domestic wastewater is connected to Hwa Ya Park Administration Center Wastewater Treatment Plant for collective treatment. 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 the accepted standard for the wastewater treatment plant. At the plants, plant affairs personnel are responsible for taking meter readings on a daily basis to monitor the status of wastewater and keep an eye out for any changes in wastewater in order to remain compliant with the accepted standard for the wastewater treatment plant.

Green Product Development

To be compliant with pertinent regulations and customer requirements

To comply with the requirements of the RoHS and WEEE directives by ensuring all products are free of restricted substances that are harmful to the environment while meeting customers’ requirements for waste appliance and electronic product recycling rate to prevent the excessive quantity of wastes from scrapped end-user electronic products/appliances to be disposed of via landfill. In addition, we will also increase our ratio of resource recycling in order to reduce the environmental impact of our products. To adhere to the spirits of the ErP directive, including the adoption of eco-design, compliance assessment, self-declaration, and so forth while disclosing relevant information to consumers when necessary.

Providing products free of hazardous substances

We prioritize the identification of international green standards and requirements by environmental NGOs. We shall continue to strengthen our green supply chain and promote systemic control in order to deliver products with no hazardous substances to our customers.

Endeavor for green design development

To be equipped with the product lifecycle concept and assessment capacity as stipulated in the Annex I Eco-Design Requirement in the ErP directive. We shall equip the company with the concept of the product lifecycle and the capacity to carry out relevant assessments. We shall strive to introduce rationales of the product lifecycle and use relevant assessment data to identify key points for green design so that SNI can make further progress towards green design and 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. And as such, SNI is 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 2019, the company signed a Green Procurement Letter of Intent to gradually establish 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.