The National Science Council yesterday touted energy saving and carbon reduction programs in the science parks it has established, saying that two plants in the parks have received certification from an international rating system on “green” building designs.
Taiwanese panel maker AU Optronics Corp’s (AUO, 友達光電) 8.5-generation plant located in the Central Taiwan Science Park (中部科學園區) in Greater Taichung achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, the highest level in the rating system, according to the council.
The council added that the AUO plant was called the largest “green” plant in the world by the US Green Building Council, the developer of the LEED certification.
In addition, a plant belonging to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (南部科學園區) in Greater Tainan achieved a gold LEED certification, which is the -second-highest level in the rating system.
The council has established three major science-based industrial parks around the nation, the third being the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區) in northern Taiwan.
The council said that a total of nine buildings from the three parks have obtained the highest level of Taiwan’s domestic “green” building certification.
Meanwhile, the Hsinchu Science Park and Southern Taiwan Science Park have earned domestic recognition for their wastewater treatment and greenhouse-gas reduction programs respectively.