23 June 2011
Following the publishing of ISO 50001 standard for energy management by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on 15 June, AU Optronics Corp. a display and solar manufacturer, announced today that its G8.5 facility in Central Taiwan Science Park has passed ISO 50001 standard for energy management.
AUO is the first manufacturer in the world to have obtained this certification. Meanwhile, AUO's TV module plant in Suzhou, China has also passed the evaluation. AUO's next step is to apply this energy management system to all its global production sites.
ISO 50001 is developed by the ISO/PC 242 energy management project committee of International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard establishes a framework for industrial plants or commercial facilities to manage energy, so that energy efficiency increases, costs are reduced and less impact is made on the environment.
AUO has introduced ISO 50001, the latest international standard on energy management, to front-end TFT and back-end module facilities based on its obtained certifications such as ISO 14001, ISO 14064 and LEED. The goal is to achieve 25% energy savings in 2015, with 2010 as the base year. The focus of the ISO 50001 certification is on production energy management. With such a scheme implemented, 10% energy conservation could be achieved for AUO's G8.5 fab in Central Taiwan Science Park in 2011. An estimated 55 million kWh of electricity will be saved, and 35 thousand tons of carbon emissions reduced, the equivalent effect of the afforestation of nine New York City Central Parks. Approximately 5% of energy could be saved at AUO's Suzhou TV module plant, equivalent of around 1.5 million kWh of electricity.
In the future, AUO plans to advance the ISO 50001 energy management system to each fabrication. By means of energy source management, energy performance will also be taken into account in procurement to enhance value chain energy management. As an all-round, leading green solutions provider, AUO will dedicate itself to continuous innovations for better green competitiveness. Meanwhile, the Company will continue to practice energy savings and carbon reduction to lead the industry by creating infinite green business opportunities.
AU Optronics Corp. established its display and solar businesses respectively as the Company's two core businesses in October, 2010.