Fubon Financial Holdings and its people are committed to creating a low carbon enterprise. Several environmental protection activities are undertaken internally and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced through carbon-cutting measures. Externally, Fubon has aligned itself with the government’s environmental and energy-saving policies, including procuring green energy beginning in 2014. The emergence of a green power pricing system is an important step in promoting renewable energy sources, and Fubon purchased more green power than all but one company in Taiwan last year. It also continued its strong support for green purchasing.These concerted efforts earned Fubon a “Golden Energy Saving Award” and “Commercial Building Energy-saving Label” honors from the Taipei City government.
Risk derived from climate change, meanwhile, has begun to affect the operations of private companies, creating investment risks and affecting investment returns. To counter this growing risk, global institutional investors established the “Carbon Disclosure Project,” which invites companies to fill in questionnaires every year to see if they are incorporating climate change issues into their business and investment strategies. Fubon Financial Holdings received a score of 89B for its CDP questionnaire in 2014, the highest in Taiwan’s financial services sector. The score reflected both the Company’s intent to face up to the impact of climate change and raise awareness of climate risk as well as its hope of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through multiple carbon reduction measures.
Making Fubon a Low Carbon Company
(1) Elevator Use
- Employees encouraged to walk stairs, which has health benefits.
- The number of elevators in operation adjusted depending on peak and off-peak hours to save energy.
- Some elevators shut down on weekends and national holidays.
(2) Air conditioning Use
- Office building chillers programmed to make ice during less expensive off-peak hours at night to save electricity costs
- Chillers undergo maintenance overhauls twice a year to optimize their performance and optimize energy savings.
- Business units required to turn off unnecessary lights or air-conditioning at the end of the business day.
- Offices kept at 26℃～28℃ during the summer.
(3) Lighting Use
- Lighting turned on and off in separate sections of offices based on actual need.
- Offices of all non-retail units around Taiwan required to turn off their lights for one hour at noon.
- All emergency lighting in Fubon’s office buildings has been converted to energy-saving LED lighting.
- Public areas in some Fubon office buildings now use energy-saving LED lighting.
(4) Water Resource Management
- Water pressure in buildings lowered by property management companies
- Water-saving faucets have been installed.
- Dual flush water-saving toilets have been purchased and installed.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Scope 1: 601.47KgCo2e; Scope 2: 18,007.47 KgCo2e; Total: 18,608.94 KgCo2e
- Green Purchases: NT$71.33 million
- Green Energy Purchases: 528,000 kWh