Delta CSR Letter from the Founder
According to the book Factor Four, jointly published by Amory B. Lovins, Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute in the United States, and Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in Germany in 1995, excessive natural resources are wasted in current production and consumption processes. Research conducted by the United States National Academy of Sciences indicate that 93% of the resources invested in production in the United States failed to become final products on the market, and 80% of the products were discarded after only one use. If natural resources are used effectively and fully, the same natural resources could produce four times more output than currently produced. In other words, full and effective utilization of natural resources could avoid exhausting these resources and prevent devastating consequences for the future of mankind.
Delta has long recognized that tin-lead solders used in electronic products cause harm to the environment. The company introduced production lines with processes that are free of tin-lead solders as early as 2000. When Delta entered the field of energy technology (ET) from the field of information technology (IT), it focused more attention on the prevention and control of air, water, and soil pollution as well as reduced its consumption of natural materials. Delta is deeply aware of the importance of environmental capital and we initiated environmental profit and loss assessments in 2017 to focus on four main types of environmental capital including greenhouse gases, air pollution, water withdrawn, and waste. We compiled the environmental impact caused by Delta's production activities in a list and converted this impact into monetized values. Delta's carbon intensity in 2018 decreased by 16.8% from the baseline year of 2014 and Delta attained its science-based target (SBT) for this stage. Delta also focused on water resources and used its innovative 8K projection technology for an exhibition tour of its "Water with Life" documentary. These are Delta's specific actions for implementing energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction, and caring for the environment.
In October 2018, the United Nations "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" (IPCC) issued the "Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C" which pointed out that global warming is expected to exceed 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if current carbon emissions trends continue. By then, the Arctic would be ice-free during the summer and existing coral reefs would decline by 70%–90%. In addition, more than 100 million people will suffer from water shortages that will affect the earth's ecology and even human survival.
The World Economic Forum's "Global Risks Report 2019" pointed out that the top five risks related to the environment include the failure of mitigating climate change and adjustment measures, extreme weather events, water resources crises, and severe natural disasters. Climate change has become the top issue of concern to experts and decision makers around the world for the past three years.
Data from the international science organization "Global Carbon Project" showed that global carbon emissions reached record heights in 2018 and increased by 2.7% from 2017. It was the year with the highest increase in the previous seven years. Although nations across the globe had passed a series of guidelines for the implementation of the "Paris Agreement" in the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), actual global carbon emissions had not decreased, but had increased for almost all nations. Faced with the continuous rise of climate risks, reducing carbon emissions remains
the most urgent task for everyone.
According to IPCC estimates, if global warming is to be confined to 1.5°C, global carbon emissions must be reduced by 40%-60% from 2010 before 2030 and reach the goal of zero-carbon emissions by 2050. Among the numerous methods for reducing carbon emissions, buildings and transportation remain the two key factors to reducing carbon emissions and the key to restricting global warming to within 2°C. Companies have the most flexible resources and they can actively and rapidly initiate carbon emissions reduction plans. Delta plays the role of corporate citizen and actively contributes to carbon emissions reduction. In addition to setting global carbon emissions reduction targets through scientific methods, Delta also set 2014 as the baseline date to reduce carbon intensity by 56.6% by 2025. With regard to green buildings, Delta has used green building and energy conservation plans to promote building energy conservation. We have built 27 green buildings around the world. Delta's America Headquarters has adopted the mature ground source heat pump system technology, bi-directional radiant heating and cooling, and energy-saving variable frequency drives as well as solar PV systems and it will soon achieve the goal of "net zero energy consumption".
Namasia Minquan Elementary School was rebuilt with assistance from Delta. Its energy use intensity (EUI) per square meter amounted to only 1kWh in 2018. With solar PV power generation and the use of an energy storage system, it has become an environmentally-friendly, "net zero energy consumption" campus. It is also a testament to the boundless potential of building energy conservation.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is another important task for carbon emissions. Many countries have set targets for carbon emissions for the year 2050. By then, 70% of the world's new cars must be electric. Infrastructure such as charging stations plays a key role in the rapid expansion of electric vehicles, which is one of the solutions for low-carbon cities. It is also a key sector for rapid development by Delta. Delta has worked with major vehicle manufacturers in recent years and the energy conversion rate of vehicle-mounted chargers has reached 96.5%. Electric vehicle charging solutions must now be integrated with charging station management systems and optimized electricity loads. We have many achievements in this field. Delta responded to the EV100 initiative of the Climate Group in 2018. We became the first member to provide energy infrastructure for electric vehicles in Taiwan and across the globe. We pledge to expand electric vehicle charging facilities before 2030 and provide employees and customers with charging services. We also use electric buses as transportation vehicles in plants to reduce the carbon emissions of employee commuting, as well as accelerate the low-carbon transformation of transportation and reduce its impact on the environment.
Delta actively implements carbon emissions reduction measures and actively participates in related international climate activities. At the 2018 COP24 in Poland Delta organized side events as an official organizer for the United Nations to discuss the role of distributed energy in the transformation and resilience of urban energy. Delta organized and planned side events as a technology provider along with world-class think tanks and opinion leaders such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and Renewable Energy Institute.
The Delta Electronics Foundation collaborated with the ACEEE for the first time in 2018. Together we produced the Local High-Impact Energy Efficiency Strategies Toolkit to explore how American cities establish building energy conservation and transportation data disclosure policies as well as the detailed benefits of policies, resources for execution, and policy design elements. We sought to expand the government's imagination for policies, promote dialogue between different stakeholders, and develop guidelines for establishing an energy efficiency governance framework suitable for local governments in Taiwan.
As the impact of extreme weather on the distribution of water resources grows larger, two billion people around the world now live in countries with severe water shortages. As global warming becomes increasingly severe, the Foundation used Delta's advanced 8K projection technologies to raise people's awareness of the importance of water resources. The impact of the "Water with Life" documentary allowed people to immerse themselves in stunning 8K images and view the impact on the ecology caused by extreme rain fall, the rise in seawater temperature, the over-extraction of groundwater, and other human activities. We encourage the general public to increase their concern on the issues of global warming and water resources.
By the end of the 20th century scientists confirmed that the cause of global warming is the excessive emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases due to human activities. Excessive greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We must adequately control the emissions through the initiatives of companies, countries, and regions, as well as rely on the actions of each individual. Delta encourages its employees to contribute to the development of energy conservation solutions and to actively implement CSR in daily operations. Besides company operations, we shall use our influence as an international corporate citizen and work with all sectors to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions, and build a low-carbon and sustainable future.
Founder and Honorary Chairman
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