UMC Expands Climate Change
Policy and Carbon Emission Reduction Goals
Activities Kick Off UMC's 30th Anniversary
HSINCHU, Taiwan, April 20, 2010 -- United Microelectronics
Corporation (UMC), a leading global semiconductor foundry, will
announce its new climate change policy and carbon emission reduction
plans on April 22nd, Earth Day, in its drive to promote low-carbon
living concepts and fulfill the company's commitment to corporate
social responsibility. This Earth Day announcement will also kick
off a one-month series of related environmental protection activities
building up to UMC's 30th anniversary celebration on May 20th.
UMC's green efforts include establishing a New Business Development
Center to promote the growth of a low carbon economy by investing
across the entire supply chain of the green technology industry,
including renewable energy, solar energy, and new generation light-emitting
diode (LED). The first several investments focused on the LED and
solar energy industries, in companies such as LED lighting company
Power Light Co. and photovoltaic engineering design company EverRich
Energy Corporation. UMC hopes to contribute to energy saving and
carbon reduction through revolutionary breakthroughs in green technologies
and applications, establishing itself as a leader in the green technology
industry while injecting fresh enthusiasm for sustainable development
within the company.
Dr. Shih-Wei Sun, CEO and chairman of UMC's CSR Committee, will
announce UMC's climate change policy and carbon emission reduction
plans on April 22nd. The new plans include reduction
targets of 33% for normalized perfluorinated compounds (PFC) emission
and 3% for electricity usage by 2012*. It is estimated that once
the plan is completed, relative CO2 emissions will be
reduced by another 170,000 tons each year, bringing the total relative
CO2 emission reduction achieved through UMC's carbon
reduction measures to 43%, or approximately 1.1 million tons per
year. Relative PFC emissions will be reduced by as much as 75% with
the new plan when combined with existing efforts.
Dr. Sun commented, "UMC established a PFC emission reduction
team in 1999 in response to global warming. Since then, we have
made significant progress in reaching voluntary reduction goals
earlier than the 2010 targets set by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry
Association (TSIA). As UMC celebrates its 30th anniversary, this
climate change policy announcement illustrates our company's expansive
vision and targets for carbon reduction during this post-Kyoto Protocol
period. UMC's climate change policy includes 1) achieving carbon
neutral status via carbon management, 2) becoming a comprehensive
low-carbon solution provider, and 3) leveraging corporate resources
to cultivate a low-carbon economy. These guidelines will enable
UMC to respond to climate change issues and help UMC live up to
its vision of being a sustainable green foundry. UMC will be the
advocator of low-carbon innovation, the provider of low-carbon solutions,
and furthermore, the practitioner of low-carbon activities."
Achieving carbon neutral status will be the ultimate goal for UMC's
carbon management program. This goal will be achieved through program
measures including energy saving, emission reduction, supply chain
management and low-carbon products production. In 2007 UMC led the
foundry industry in completing the replacement of C2F6 with C3F8
in all of its fabs, reducing CO2 emissions by 450,000 tons per year.
Furthermore, the more carbon efficient C4F8 was introduced in 2008.
Combined with other energy saving measures and a policy of furbishing
new fabs with highly efficient abatement systems, emission reduction
efficiency has been highly improved.
The month-long series of environmental protection activities will
begin on April 22 with a showing of the environmental documentary"±2°C".
Through these series of activities, UMC hopes to instill energy
saving and carbon reduction values and knowledge to cultivate green
habits in its employees, to further inspire the formation of a low-carbon
society, and to enhance the company's long-term sustainable competitiveness.
*Note: The base year is 2009.
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry
that provides advanced technology and manufacturing services for
applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's
customer-driven foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage
the strength of the company's leading-edge processes, which include
production proven 65nm, 45/40nm, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide
range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through
10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm
fabs; Fab12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab12i are both in volume
production for a variety of customer products. The company employs
approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan,
Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can be found
on the web at http://www.umc.com.