In a year where global temperatures rose by 1.4°C, marking the hottest year to date, urgent sustainable actions are required. In response, Taiwan Mobile hosted its 5th "Taiwan Mobile Sustainable Forum" at the Taipei New Horizon on December 26, with the theme "Green Transition to a Circular Net-Zero Future " The event featured discussions with heavyweight experts from industry and government. Executive Yuan spokesperson Tze-luen LIN and Jang-Hwa Leu, Director General of the Administration for Digital Industries, addressed the audience, sharing insights on the government's net-zero initiatives. Topics such as carbon trading trends and natural carbon sinks were discussed by Joshua Tien, General Manager of the Taiwan Carbon Solution Exchange. Taiwan Mobile's CTO, Tom Koh, and other executives shared insights on the industry's sustainable impact.
In response to the urgent need for sustainability, Taiwan Mobile unveiled its innovative "TWM Certified Pre-Owned devices," offering professionally certified pre-owned devices, extending the lifecycle of smartphones. The project is set to launch in the first quarter in 2024. Taiwan Mobile's carbon reduction efforts also extend to the EV market with the establishment of the MyCharge platform, deploying EV charging stations nationwide, encouraging the adoption of the electric vehicles. The forum, co-organized with KPMG, featured guest speakers KPMG's Managing Director Niven Huang and Executive Vice President Sam Lin. Approximately 250 professionals from the ICT industry, suppliers, and students attended, collectively exploring solutions to achieve net-zero by 2050.
Executive Yuan spokesperson Tze-luen LIN emphasized that the National Development Council has proposed the "Taiwan 2050 Net Zero Emission Pathway," with an annual investment of NT$100 billion. The proportion of renewable energy generation is expected to surpass 10% this year, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs is actively expanding green energy. The government is not only refining net-zero regulations and systems but also encouraging businesses to innovate in energy efficiency and carbon reduction. In the transition to net-zero, everyone has a role to play.
Jang-Hwa Leu, Director General of Administration for Digital Industries, stated that the forum not only focuses on sustainability but also emphasizes Taiwan's commitment to sustainability. The Digital Industry Bureau aims to accelerate carbon accounting for ISO 14064 greenhouse gas emissions verification through digital tools. Future developments will focus on digital technology for net-zero transformation, with increased research and development.
Jamie Lin, CEO of Taiwan Mobile, emphasized the urgency of global warming, stating that the year 2023 recorded a temperature increase of 1.4°C, the highest in 14 million years. COP28 for the first time included "reducing fossil fuels" in its resolution, offering a glimmer of hope in the fight against climate change. In response, Taiwan Mobile organized the Sustainable Forum, where industry and government experts discussed solutions for low-carbon transformation and green energy transition. Lin shared Taiwan Mobile's carbon reduction practices, such as the merger with Taiwan Star, which further shut down 3G networks, consolidated redundant 4G base stations, and reduced the amount of construction for a complete 5G network. These measures are expected to save 100-200 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. Additionally, Taiwan Mobile called on stakeholders to extend carbon reduction efforts, guiding the supply chain to develop SBT carbon reduction paths, and promoting circular economy initiatives. The upcoming " TWM Certified Pre-Owned devices " aims to extend the smartphone usage period, reduce electronic waste, and boost public interest in purchasing certified pre-owned devices.
Jamie Lin further mentioned that the forum explored the "carbon sink" concept in the carbon trading market and discussed "carbon sink methodology." Recognizing "natural carbon sinks" as a crucial strategy for accelerating net-zero, Taiwan Mobile is currently evaluating and researching these methods, hoping that the forum will facilitate mutual exchange to assist blue carbon restoration and enhance "natural carbon sink" capabilities.
Tony Lin, Chief Consumer Business Officer at Taiwan Mobile, presented "Telco+Tech: Building an Energy-Efficient Sustainable Lifestyle from the Consumer’s Side." Statistics show that in 2022, global smartphone sales reached 1.165 billion units, with a recycling rate of less than 15%. Due to the high carbon footprint of discarded phones, Taiwan Mobile observed a fourfold increase in the quantity of recycled devices in 2023 compared to 2022. iPhones constituted the majority of recycled phones, with Apple enthusiasts frequently upgrading devices every two years, contributing to a rapid turnover of pre-owned iPhones in the market. In an effort to increase the recycling rate and alleviate the financial burden on consumers, Taiwan Mobile will launch the " TWM Certified Pre-Owned devices " in the first quarter of next year. The project will offer iPhones from the 12 to 14 series through contract-based plans, featuring professional certification packaging and new accessories. The initiative also introduces a 12-month warranty from Taiwan Mobile, encouraging users to support the circular economy and extend the lifespan of their smartphones.
Tony Lin further announced Taiwan Mobile's "Taiwan Mobility" strategy, expanding carbon reduction efforts to the shared mobility market. Taiwan Mobile invested in USPACE at 2022 Q4, providing services such as shared parking spaces and UDRIVE electric car sharing. Partnering with Tesla Supercharger stations and Ucharging services, Taiwan Mobile aims to address unused parking spaces, boost consumer interest in electric cars, and build the MyCharge platform, deploying EV charging stations nationwide to encourage users to choose eco-friendly electric cars.
Taiwan Mobile Chief Technology Officer Tom Koh delivered a speech on the topic of 'Taiwan Mobile's Net Zero Strategy.' Taiwan Mobile utilizes AI big data analysis of energy-consuming equipment and introduces diverse energy-saving solutions, resulting in more energy-efficient and carbon-reducing base stations and cloud data centers. From 2016 to 2022, carbon reduction has reached 42,133 metric tons, equivalent to the annual carbon absorption of nearly 110 Daan Forest Parks. Taiwan Mobile is actively involved in green energy initiatives, initially focusing on solar power and transitioning to wind power in the medium term. The company, in collaboration with Fubon Financial Holding, sponsors the Academia Sinica's 'Net Zero Technology Research and Development Collaboration' project, exploring geothermal energy, ocean energy, and decarbonized hydrogen technology. A breakthrough has been achieved in decarbonized hydrogen technology, enabling the transformation of natural gas power generation into true zero-carbon electricity, bringing high economic value from solid carbon income while balancing sustainability and economic benefits.
Taiwan Carbon Solution Exchange General Manager Joshua Tien: The Era of Priced Carbon Emissions is Coming - Carbon Trading Facilitates Carbon Reduction in Industrial Supply Chains
Joshua Tien, the General Manager of the Taiwan Carbon Solution Exchange, stated in his speech that the era of priced carbon emissions has arrived in Taiwan. The carbon exchange initiated international carbon trading on December 22, with the first batch of listed carbon credits coming from seven countries, including Asia, Africa, and South America. These credits are issued by internationally accredited organizations, and initially, they are limited to domestic corporate purchases. Carbon trading is gaining popularity internationally, with Asian carbon exchanges surpassing stock exchanges in terms of activity. As global corporations, such as Apple, impose strict carbon reduction requirements on their supply chains, companies are striving to reduce carbon emissions. Purchasing carbon credits helps achieve the final mile towards net-zero emissions. This not only fulfills the carbon-neutral goals of the supply chain but also makes a substantial contribution to global carbon reduction. In terms of domestic carbon trading, the carbon exchange will establish domestic carbon trading rules and build a trading platform in accordance with relevant sub-laws of the Environmental Protection Administration. Since its establishment, the carbon exchange has been committed to providing carbon consulting and educational training services, aiming to cultivate more domestic professionals in the field of net-zero sustainability and alleviate corporate carbon anxiety.
KPMG General Manager Niven Huang : Companies Need to Seize the Low-Carbon Transformation Opportunity
KPMG General Manager Niven Huang shared insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by Taiwanese industries under global net-zero policies and regulations. As an integral part of the global supply chain, Taiwan is urged to undergo industrial transformation to control temperature rise within 1.5°C, driven by supply chain requirements and policy regulations.
Taiwan unveiled its 2050 net-zero transformation roadmap last year, estimating an annual investment of NT$100 billion in net-zero development. This initiative is expected to create substantial business opportunities. Failing to engage in low-carbon transformation could hinder companies from achieving net-zero goals and make it challenging to raise funds in the capital market. Among the 12 key strategies for net-zero transformation released by Taiwan, 'hydrogen energy,' 'geothermal power generation,' and 'natural carbon sinks' are crucial components. Enterprises must navigate the challenge of seizing new opportunities in low-carbon transformation and converting them into competitive advantages in the carbon market.
During a comprehensive discussion, KPMG's General Manager Niven Huang shared insights into the trend of 'natural carbon sinks.' He mentioned that natural carbon sinks include 'green carbon' (carbon absorption by forests), 'yellow carbon' (carbon absorption by soil), and 'blue carbon' (carbon absorption by oceans). Due to diminishing land availability and climate change-induced forest fires limiting the development of green and yellow carbon, oceans, covering about 72% of the Earth's surface, especially coastal wetlands with efficient carbon sequestration, present significant potential for blue carbon development. Taiwan, surrounded on all sides by the sea, possesses enormous potential for blue carbon development.
Delta Electronic Drives Active Carbon Reduction through Internal Carbon Fee Mechanism - 63% Renewable Energy Usage Across Global Facilities
During a speech, Faye Hsu, Manager of Delta Electronic 's Sustainable Development Department, highlighted Delta Electronic ’s commitment to carbon reduction. Since the global implementation of an internal carbon pricing system in 2017, Delta Electronic has internalized the external costs of carbon emissions. Furthermore, in 2021, the company introduced an internal carbon fee mechanism on a global scale to actively support a carbon reduction strategy towards achieving net-zero. This strategy includes promoting energy-saving initiatives, adopting renewable energy, advocating for green building practices, and investing in low-carbon innovations.
Since the adoption of Science-Based Targets (SBT) in 2017, Delta Electronic has consistently implemented independent energy-saving measures to reduce carbon emissions. In 2021, Delta Electronic made a significant announcement that all its global operations would achieve 100% renewable energy usage by 2030. As of 2022, the proportion of renewable energy usage has already reached 63%, and there has been a 13.5% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions. These concrete actions demonstrate Delta Electronic 's dedication to sustainable practices and its progress towards a greener future.