Environmental Performance for Raw Material and Component Selection Stage
Motor lightweight design: Applied the cast housing lightweight technique to general-purpose motors with aluminum housing, optimized design and reached IE3 standard. The AEZKJ2 Rolled Steel Frame Motor series, which was developed in 2020, is characterized by optimized, lightweight design (8-15% lighter than the AEZK series)
Use recycled materials for motors: Use silicon steel scrap for melting and reuse in the motor housing. At the end of 2020, the regenerated iron ratio had reached 39.2%
Introduction of water-based paint: In 2016, motor water-based paint introduction plan was activated, and the motor exterior coating paint was changed to use water-based paint in order to effectively reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Up to the end of 2020, the water-based paint introduction ratio has reached 80% of the total production quantity and has reduced the total emission of volatile organic compound (VOC) of 104,405kg, and the emission reduction has reached 58.3%.
Environmental friendly coolant replacement: In 2016, R32 coolant and process coolant recycle were launched. Up to the year of 2020 Q2, R32 used by the air conditioners of home appliances manufactured by TECO reached 67%
TECO Group pledges that all its motors and home appliance products comply 100% with the regulatory requirements of RoHS and REACH.
Environmental Performance of Direct Operation and Manufacturing Stage
Through process and equipment optimization, in 2020, the overall energy saving of TECO Group for the plant sites in Taiwan reached 917.9 thousand kWh, and relevant achievements included the promotion of smart automatic production, equipment energy conservation plan etc.
Through waste resource recycling and silicon steel scrap melting technology, in 2020, the silicon steel scrap production was reduced by 39.2%
Optimization of varnish impregnation operations during production processes through replacement of manual impregnation operations with automated continuous impregnation operation equipment - Vacuum impregnation has been adopted to increase the adhesion of the varnish. Due to manpower savings and increased operational efficiency, process costs have dropped by 46% compared to 2019.
SF6 effusion reduction solution has been implemented. SF6 is a potential gas for greenhouse gas, and it is an essential gas used by TECO for the production of high pressure equipment. SF6 Emission rate reduced from 9.45% to 2.80%
Environmental Performance for Delivery, Storage and Transportation Stage
Promotion of direct delivery via Taiwan Pelican Express to streamline transportation processes and spare dealers the trouble of dispatching vehicles for pickup. This resulted in an increase of delivery service revenues by NT$ 550,000 in 2020.
Use durable and reusable packing material such as pallet for motor transportation. Saving from packing material is NTD 4.77 M per year
Environmental Performance for Use and Repair Stage
Committed to the research and development of high efficiency motors. In addition to the manufacturing and sale of the existing IE3 motors, TECO has also completed the research and development as well as the planning for IE4 and IE5 related products. In 2020, IE3 & IE4 motors accounted for 72.34% of all motor product sales revenue.
Dedicated in the research and development of energy conservation and water saving home appliance products. For home appliance productions, TECO actively improves the energy use efficiency, and 59.16% of the home appliance products have obtained the energy efficiency or water efficiency label certificates in Taiwan.
TECO has developed T-Power electric vehicle motor products which allow clear positioning of TECO vehicle-mounted motors and electric control systems. These products can be installed in electric cars and 3.5T electric trucks to provide consumers with more eco-friendly traffic experiences and reduce environmental damage caused by fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
Environmental Performance for Product/Service End-of-Life Stage
A motor product assembly is mostly made of recyclable metal materials. By using the motor product of AEHF model series, after the scrap of this product, the recyclable material reaches 88%.
Home appliance products participated in the Recycle Policy (television, washing machine, refrigerator, air conditioner/heater) announced by the Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan, in order to provide service of transporting the waste of four machines to qualified treatment operators for consumers at free of charge. Up to 2020, the home appliance products complying with the Waste Four Machine Recycle Policy accounted for 63.4% of the annual sales revenue.
TECO and other home appliance manufacturers have engaged in a joint venture to establish the E&E Recycling company and assigned directors for TECO in order to provide waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and processing services. Revenue from recycle business is NTD 946.3B in 2020.
Percentage of products sold last year that can be reused or recycled: 86.83%
Percentage of products and materials that were actually reused or recycled: 85.99%
End of Life Cycle Responsibility
Consoildate recycle scenario from motor and home appliance profucts:
Percentage of products sold last year that can be reused or recycled
Percentage of products and materials that were actually reused or recycled
Revenue from recycling (NTD k)
Calculation of recyclable ratios for sold products:
Estimated total weight of recyclable products (motors + household appliances) sold per year * recyclable material ratio of different product categories (motors 88%, household appliances 51.9%)/Estimated total weight of all products sold per year
Calculation of estimated total weight of products sold: Due to the large number of sold motor and household product models it is very difficult to create individual weight statistics. Shipped quantity of different product quantities (number of items)*Weight of most frequently sold models is therefore used as the calculation formula for estimated total weight of products sold.
Calculation of actual recyclable ratios:
Denominator: Weight of products sold is substituted for weights in the production process which are impossible to trace due to the large number of products.
Numerator: Due to different product characteristics, it is difficult to perform actual statistical analysis of recycled quantities. Consequently, the actual recyclable ratio is estimated according to the following scenario, and it is assumed that the products purchased by customers in the respective year are replacements for existing products of the same brand. Assumed recyclable ratios are 100% and 50% for motors and household appliances, respectively.
TECO and other home appliance manufacturers have engaged in a joint venture to establish the E&E Recycling company, and assigned directors for the company in order to provide waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and processing services. Calculation of benefits derived from recycling: Illustrated by the example of E&E Recycling company revenue in 2020 (NTD 705,169,000)*TECO shareholding ratio (13.42%)
Motor product life cycles range from 10-15 years,. Since motors are mainly made of metal, the recyclable metal material of one single motor can reach 88%. Consequently, scrapped products are disposed of by customers autonomously through the sale and purchase of valuable metals. As of 2020, TECO has not yet received requests for motor recycling service from customers.
Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan has established the Waste Four Machine Recycle Policy (refrigerator, air conditioner/heater, washing machine, television), and the distribution units that consumers make their purchase from provide the transportation service to the qualified operator for processing; therefore, product manufacturers have a relatively greater difficulty in the actual statistics of the annual recycle amount.
TECO has own foundry in place, which means we have the ability to melt wastes from production process and re-manufacture it into motor frame bracket housing parts. We have now reached 27.3% of iron reusing rate.
Industrial motors typically have a design life of 10-15 years, and special designs can extend life up to more than 30 years. At the end of the motor life cycle, the motors are recycled and dismantled by the scrap hardware recycling service companies. 90% of motor total content, including steel, iron, copper and aluminum will be separated and returned to the raw material stage to be remelted and remanufactured. Steel is usually made into angled steel and other building materials that continue to exist in our lives.
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