Local chipmakers should make better use of photovoltaics and collaborate with community-based renewable energy programs to boost Taiwan’s green energy capacity, Greenpeace Taiwan said yesterday, after it conducted a survey that showed Taiwan’s four biggest chipmakers are not on track to achieve a global target dubbed RE100 to reach 100 percent renewable energy use at large corporations.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) generates 0.027 percent of its electricity consumption at its renewable energy facilities, while United Microelectronics Co generates 0.075 percent of its power consumption from renewables at its facilities, it said.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Co self-generates 0.009 percent of its power consumption via renewables, and Delta Electronics self-generates 4 percent, Greenpeace said.
Photo: Chen Chia-yi, Taipei Times
Instead of raising their renewable energy generation, the companies have been purchasing international renewable energy certificates, Greenpeace Taiwan climate and energy project head Tracy Cheng (鄭楚忻) said, adding that the practice does not meaningfully contribute to building green energy capacity in Taiwan.
Chipmakers should install solar panels on-site to power their facilities, she said, adding that TSMC can generate up to 53 million kilowatt-hours of electricity if it covers the 42.2 hectares it owns in Taiwan with panels.
The power it could generate would be equivalent to the consumption of 12,552 households, Cheng said.
A Greenpeace poll found that more than 50 percent of the public support requiring semiconductor firms to invest in roof solar panels, while 30 percent of respondents said they were willing to rent their rooftops to companies such as TSMC for the installation of solar panels, she said.
Rooftop solar panels have the smallest environmental impact and land requirement, she said, adding that the chip industry should lead the way in developing renewables.
Taiwan’s high population density and lack of land available for other forms of renewable energy generation suggest that the government should prioritize the construction of rooftop solar panels, Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association managing chairman Chen Kun-hung (陳坤宏) said.
Installing solar panels on the roofs of industrial buildings, offices and garages would maximize the use of space and avoid land requisitions for solar farm construction that could spark controversy among residents, he said.
Homeowners and enterprises should join roof solar cooperatives that can generate profit by selling electricity to the grid, Taiwan Green Energy for Charity Association chairwoman Chen Hui-ping (陳惠萍) said.
In Singapore, Apple Inc is operating solar panels with a capacity of 50 megawatts on the roofs of 800 apartment buildings, she said.
TSMC said that owing to safety considerations, it would not be possible to completely cover the roofs of its fabs with solar panels.
However, the company in 2021 installed solar panels wherever possible, including on driveway rain coverings, that are capable of providing 231 kilowatts, it added.
Comments from the other companies mentioned in the report were not available as of press time last night.
Additional reporting by CNA
SCANDAL: There are still discussions over whether a ban from being coaches, referees or agents should be imposed on the players, the association said The Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), Taiwan’s basketball governing body, on Tuesday said that it has handed lifetime bans to 10 players accused of game-fixing and breaches of betting rules. In a statement on Tuesday, the CTBA said it has revoked the registration of nine former players from the semi-professional Super Basketball League’s (SBL) Yulon Lexgen Dinos and one from the Taiwan Beer Leopards of the professional T1 League. The nine former Dinos players are Ko Min-hao (柯旻豪), Chiu Chung-po (邱忠博), Chen Pin-chuan (陳品銓), Huang Hsuan-min (黃鉉閔), Wu Yu-jen (吳祐任), Chou Wei-chen (周暐宸), Yen Wen-tso (顏聞佐), Lee Chi-en (李其恩), and Senegalese center
It took director Chong Keat Aun (張吉安) nearly a decade to complete Snow in Midsummer (五月雪), a deft chronicle of Malaysia’s May 13 incident told through one woman’s search for her brother and father. Although only his second feature, it led the field at yesterday’s Golden Horse Awards with nine nominations. Chong said it had been a struggle to get people to share their memories of the intercommunal violence following the 1969 national election, known among the country’s ethnic Chinese community as “513.” “My father, for example, would shut the conversation down if my mother or grandma even mentioned the topic,” Chong said
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said that a surge in respiratory illnesses in China has been caused by at least seven types of pathogens, and small children, elderly people and immunocompromised people should temporarily avoid unnecessary visits to China. The recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses in China is mainly in the north and among children, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said on Monday. Data released by the Chinese National Health Commission on Sunday showed that among children aged one to four, the main pathogens were influenza viruses and rhinoviruses, while among children aged five to 14, the main pathogens
A new poll of Taiwanese voters found the top opposition candidate for president jumping past the ruling party’s hopeful into the lead position ahead of January’s election — the latest twist in a drama-filled race. Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) had an approval rating of 31.9 percent versus 29.2 percent for the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate Vice President William Lai (賴清德), the poll released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed. The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), ranked third with 23.6 percent, according to the survey conducted