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Energy and GHG Emissions
Implementation of Greenhouse Gas Inventory System and Energy Management System

Yuanta is highly aware of the impact climate change has on the economic, financial, and legal environment. As such, in addition to diversifying our operations and developing new businesses based on our existing niches, we also adjust our operating procedures, business strategy, and investment decisions as necessary. On top of this, through education and training, we raise our employees' understanding of climate risk and improve their ability to adapt accordingly, reducing potential operating risks to the company while also continuing to strive for environmental sustainability.

In order to reduce the contribution of our own operations to global warming, the Group has in recent years actively implemented measures to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, fulfilling some measure of our duty as global citizens. In addition, in response to the development of a low-carbon economy in the wake of the Paris Agreement, the Company has taken part in CDP surveys to further explore the risks and opportunities it may face in the future with regard to climate change. Armed with this information, the Company can work to develop in a steady, sustainable way in this new business environment.

Beginning in 2016, the Group began implementing ISO 14064-1 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and ISO 50001 Energy Management, starting with operating locations deemed important and using their experiences to inform the gradual expansion strategy toward a full implementation of both across the Group.

ISO 14064-1 and ISO 50001 Implementation Timetables
ISO 14064-1 Greenhouse Gas Implementation Timetable
2016
2017
2018
Yuanta Securities and Yuanta Funds each began implementation of ISO 14064-1 in January and March respectively, passing assurance in May and September.
Yuanta Bank, Life, Futures, Yuanta Sec. Finance, Inv. Consulting, VC, and AMC will be added to ISO 14064-1 implementation in 2017, and are expected to receive certification in April.
Yuanta Bank, Securities, Life, Futures, Funds, Sec. Finance, Inv. Consulting, VC, and AMC will undertake continued maintenance and certification, gradually implementing the systems across main operating locations.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Implementation Timetable
2016
2017
2018
Yuanta Bank began implementation of ISO 50001 in January and was certified in July.
Yuanta Funds and Yuanta Securities will be added to ISO 50001 implementation in 2017, and are expected to receive certification in April.
Yuanta Bank, Yuanta Securities, and Yuanta Funds will undertake continued maintenance and certification.
Energy Usage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Overview

Since 2016, the Group has implemented ISO 14064-1 systems, including undertaking greenhouse gas inventories for the Company and all Group subsidiaries. Between 2014 and 2016, as the scope of the inventories expanded, the Group collected increasingly thorough data on greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Unit: tonneCO2e
Primary Energy Usages
Company Car Gasoline (liters) Total Electricity Consumption (kWh)
2014 12,446 5,542,400
2015 11,425 5,664,600
2016 104,450 7,851,180
  • The information scope for 2014 and 2015 primarily covers the GHG emissions from the Financial Building and vehicles & gas for head office.
  • The information scope for 2016 covers the implementation of ISO 14064-1 Greenhouse gas inventory and passing ISO 1404-3 assurance across all subsidiaries.
  • The information scope for 2014 and 2015 primarily covers the Financial Building and vehicles & gas for head office.
  • The information scope for 2016 covers the implementation of ISO 14064-1 Greenhouse gas inventory across all subsidiaries.
  • All automotive fuel between 2014 and 2016 can from non-renewable sources; in 2016, of electricity used, 500,000 kWh was from green electricity.
Carbon Reduction and Energy Saving Measures

The primary source of the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions is energy usage, and within that, the largest contributor is emissions created during electricity production. In order to come together to fight global warming, we have implemented ISO 50001 systems with the goal of setting up mechanisms related to an energy management system that will help us put into place energy saving measures.

As part of the Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green purchasing, not only do we prioritize products with energy-efficiency labeling (e.g. the US’ Energy Star certification) when purchasing electronic equipment, we also follow the energy-saving just-in-time (JIT) principle, providing only the energy necessary when and where it is necessary, exercising our creativity and executive force to put in place energy-saving measures for everything from air conditioning systems and lighting to ordinary administrative work, and overall doing our part to save energy.

Green Electricity Purchasing

As a participant in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Voluntary Green Electricity Pricing Pilot Program, in 2016 the Group purchased some 500,000 kWh from Taiwan Power Company for $530,000 ($1.06 per kWh surcharge). In order to effectively expand the Group’s environmental sustainability efforts, in 2017 we plan to expand green electricity purchasing to Securities, Banking, Futures, Funds, Life Insurance, and Securities Finance.

Green Data Center

Since 2009, the data centers of Yuanta Financial Holdings and its subsidiaries have been moved to Chunghwa Telecom’s (CHT) data center, using separate hot & cold channels and free cooling along with high sensible heat air conditioning to achieve a constant level of indoor temperature and humidity in line with the American ASHRAE 90.1 air conditioning energy efficiency standards. Additionally, CHT uses their own in-house iEN cloud-based smart energy management platform for power, air conditioning, and environmental monitoring to ensure the data center’s condition is under control at all times. Air conditioning equipment is an important part of the power consumption of the data center, and as such may also be a major factor in power waste. Renting a professional data center can help ensure PUE (power usage efficiency) can be optimized, avoiding setting the temperature too low and thus unnecessarily wasting power.

On August 29, 2015, CHT's data center received a three-year green certification. With regard to CHT’s focus on energy efficiency and environmental protection, the Company works closely with them, with Yuanta Financial Holdings and subsidiaries renting colocation from CHT in hopes that through professional data center services, we will be able to reduce energy intensity and achieve improved overall data center energy usage efficiency goals.

Electronic Statements and Electronic Trading Services

In addition to increasing internal operating energy efficiency, the Group is also committed to promoting electronic trading and electronic statement services. Not only do these make things more convenient for customers, they also reduce paper usage and the related energy consumption that comes with physical transactions or sending paper statements, greatly helping our efforts to reduce overall energy and resource usage.