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AUO details 'Green 2010' initiative

Posted: 26 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TFT-LCD? green initiative? RoHS?

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) has detailed its green solutions initiative, a company-wide mission to practice innovations, procurement, production, logistics, service and recycling that are all created and used in an environmentally friendly manner.

The company has also developed energy-saving initiatives are to be utilized over the coming three yearstermed the "Green 2010" eco-efficiency indexes. These indexes will assist AUO in continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of the work it does and the products it creates. AUO is also extending its green awareness across the value chain to include relationships with suppliers.

The "Green 2010" goals include an 80 percent waste recovery rate achievement, a 70 percent reduction from 2004 levels by 2010 in water consumption per substrate size.

The "AUO Green Solutions" initiative includes six categories. Under Green Innovation, AUO aims to implement full level eco-design and incorporate environment criteria into design of new products. In Green Procurement, the company plans to enhance green supply chain management and comply with most international green product requirements such as WEEE, RoHS, EuP. In its Green Production initiative, AUO will develop new processes with low environmental impacts, and promote energy/water savings and waste reduction management.

The company will also use environment-friendly packing materials and lower exhaust emissions and lower fuel consumption through Green Logistics. Under Green Service, AUO will offer green panels and on-site service as well as provide eco-friendly know-how/strategy to partners. Lastly, in its Green Recycling initiative, AUO will improve material recycling ratio and increase waste recovery rate.

"Protecting and preserving the environment is very important. AUO is proud to be the first company in the TFT-LCD industry to make a long-term commitment to improve products, supply chains and the manufacturing process in a way that will reduce environmental impact," said LJ Chen, AUO president. "We want environmental responsibility to reach all parts of AUO. We will strive to develop and create any possible ways that not only improve a TFT-LCD manufacturer's operations and bottom line, but improve our environmental footprint as well."

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