Formosa Laboratories 2022 Material Topic: Innovative Research and Development

Material TopicsWater Stewardship
Corresponding GRI indicatorsGRI 303-1 Interactions with water as a shared resource
GRI 303-2 Management of water discharge-related impacts
GRI 303-3 Water withdrawal
GRI 303-4 Water discharge
GRI 303-5 Water consumption
Related SDGsSDG 6 Clean water and sanitation
Policies or CommitmentsComply with laws and regulations and conduct testing and monitoring to implement daily water stewardship and cherish natural resources.
Indicators and ObjectivesSustainable Goals
  • Committed to source reduction (Reduce), recycling and reusing (Reuse)
  • Improve and diversify the assessment of reclaimed water to enhance recycling efficiency.
  • Assess the use of recycled water to continuously conserve water and improve water efficiency.
  • The effluent quality complies with the laws and regulations of the Ministry of Environment.
Effective Tracking
Water withdrawal
  • Conduct a water information survey to clarify the source of water withdrawal.
  • Set up a flow meter to effectively monitor, track and record water withdrawal.
  • Regularly conduct the maintenance monitoring equipment to effectively perform monitoring.
Water discharge
  • Conduct quality/quantity monitoring for effluent. If there are any abnormalities in water quality, it will be redirected to the wastewater treatment unit for further re-treatment and discharge; if there are any abnormalities in water quantity, an investigation will be conducted to clarify the issue. (Monitoring standards refer to the effluent discharge standards set by environmental regulations)
  • Regularly conduct the maintenance monitoring equipment to effectively perform monitoring.
  • Review the efficiency of the wastewater treatment plant unit to enhance treatment capacity.
  • Implement education and training to enhance employees' operation, maintenance, and emergency response capabilities.
Annual Actions and
  • The amount of recycled water is 115 million liters, and the recycling rate is calculated as 26.01% based on the annual water withdrawal.
  • The water recycling rate increased by 6.86% from 2020 to 2022.
  • Water usage has been reduced to 442 million liters, a decrease of 22 million liters compared to 2021.
  • According to the water test in 2022, all results were in accordance with effluent discharge standard set by environmental regulations.


Water Efficiency Improvement

According to the "World Resources Institute", 17 countries are facing the water resources crisis. While Taiwan is not a region facing water stress, its geographical conditions make retaining rainfall difficult. Furthermore, the booming industrial development has significantly increased water consumption. The sharing of water resources could pose a serious issue (the impact of supply-demand imbalance). Thus, it is essential to conserve water and improve water efficiency.

The primary water consumption in Formosa Laboratories' plants is for process water, with the remaining portion for service water, mainly sourced from tap water. Information on the company's water usage is gathered through a water usage survey, with flow meters installed to monitor and record water withdrawals. Regular maintenance of monitoring equipment is conducted to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of the information. The total water withdrawal per year during the period from 2020 to 2022 ranged from 431 to 465 million liters. Although water consumption was higher in 2021, conservation and recycling efforts led to a decrease in water consumption to 442 million liters in 2022.

Formosa Laboratories' Water Consumption Statistics for the Past 3 Years

(unit: million liters)
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Note 1 : The water withdrawal and discharge are both based on water meters.
Note 2 : All water sources are fresh water; all water sources are third party tap water; no surface water, ground water, sea water, or produced water is used.

We promote water conservation measures, such as controlling the amount of water used in public restroom sinks, replacing old equipment with the faucets and toilets with Water Efficiency Label. In addition, since 2015, we have implemented a water recycling system and established mechanisms for using recycled water in cooling towers, scrubbing towers, vacuum systems, etc. The amount of recycled water has increased annually from 82.543 million liters in 2020 to 115.014 million liters in 2022. The rate has increased from 19.15% to 26.01%, indicating a significant improvement in water efficiency as it has increased by 6.86% over the past three years. In the future, we will review and improve water conservation measures to enhance water efficiency annually. We will assess and introduce various water recycling systems and methods to enhance efficiency.


Formosa Laboratories' Recycled Water Statistics for the Past 3 Years

(unit: million liters)Water Stewardship
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Mitigation of Water Discharge Impact

Formosa Laboratories is a biopharmaceutical company that operates a wastewater treatment unit. It monitors effluent quality and quantity in accordance with the "Effluent Standards" set by the Ministry of Environment (Table 4: Chemical Industry). If there is any abnormality in water quality, it is returned to the wastewater treatment unit for re-treatment and discharge; if there is any abnormality in water quantity, an investigation is conducted to identify the problem. The treated effluents are all freshwater and are discharged into the sea or lake ditch (surface water). The total discharge in 2022 is 331.540 million liters.

To improve operational processing capabilities and ensure the correct and effective use of information, regular reviews of the performance of the wastewater treatment plant and maintenance of monitoring equipment are conducted. In the following years, we will implement filter material replacements and aeration system updates, while continuously promoting education and training to enhance the operational, maintenance, and response capabilities of our employees. From 2020 to 2022, the effluent quantity decreased annually, primarily because of the increased recycled water. We outsource water quality testing for effluents biannually and consistently meet all legal requirements, and the test results in 2022 were all in compliance with regulations.

Formosa Laboratories 2022 Water Discharge Quality Test Results

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Note: The water quality data in the above table was analyzed by a qualified inspection company from water samples taken within the plant area.