Taiwan Cement announced today that the company is now an official member of Climate Group’s EP100. It is the first major manufacturer in Taiwan to be joining EP100, and the fourth cement company in the world to have passed the EP100 review. Taiwan Cement also promises to incorporate the ISO50001 energy management system for all of its cement plant 2030 in the hope achieving a 50% increase in energy productivity by 2040 compared to that of the 2016 base year.
Chang An-ping, Chairman of Taiwan Cement, commented that 21st century is the era of energy. He said that the industry must probe into energy efficiency, as well as improve on the corresponding level and inspect the conformance of energy efficiency to the global threshold should there be any insufficiency, since it is exceedingly crucial in the face of rising global carbon emission and energy transformation.
There are currently 122 companies in the world under EP100, with international cement companies such as Dalmia Cement, UltraTech, and Yanbu Cement Company. EP100, RE100, and EV100 serve as the three major sustainable initiatives right now.
EP100 was formed by Climate Group and Alliance to Save Energy in 2016, and supports an increase in productivity through a smarter and more efficient use of energy. The initiative also asks all members to propose annual energy conservation reports, and implement actual measures to lower greenhouse gas emission on the pathway to a clean economy.
All cement plants of Taiwan Cement in Taiwan and China are now ISO 50001 certified, and have stipulated energy-conserving strategies, with 100% of the plant area installed with waste-heat power generation systems by incorporating flash distillation turbine technology that elevates recycling of thermal energy. Taiwan Cement will be incorporating additional energy-elevating engineering for updates and transformation between 2022 and 2023. In the face of fossil fuel’s impact on earth, Taiwan Cement actively seeks for alternative fuels, such as biofuel from waste wood chips, waste wood, and excessive agricultural resources, and solid recovered fuel (SRF).
Taiwan Cement invested NT$900 million in its Su’ao plant to upgrade and transform equipment for waste-heat power generation, which is expected to increase the net power generation for each ton of clinker from 13kWh to 29kWh under an improvement of more than twofold in power-generating efficiency. The company also respectively invested NT$134 million and NT$382 million in its Su’ao and Heping plants for upgrade and transformation of clinker coolers, which is expected to lower 1.2kg of coal consumption for each ton of clinker at the respective plant. In total, 31.39 million kWh of annually purchased electricity and 9,760 tons of annual coal consumption can be reduced, which roughly equal a reduction of 37.2K tons of carbon dioxide emission, and 3.1 million trees.
Taiwan Cement continues to march towards the three major core businesses of low-carbon cement, resource circulation, and green energy, which actuate the company’s blueprint of sustainability, adhere to the UN’s sustainable development indicator, concatenate sustainable partners, propel Earth Helper, urge energy conservation, carbon reduction, and LOHAS, as well as share basic lifestyle and attitude of the earth, thus embracing the 2050 net zero emission target.
(Cover photo source: Taiwan Cement)