The chemical processes employed by OUCC and others in the same industry pollute the air during the production process. Without proper management, it can cause a potential or real negative effect on local communities. We abide by the policies of the competent authorities and manage all our various environmental issues, such as pollution prevention and waste disposal. We have also established and followed the “OUCC CSR Policy” to assess environmental risks and possible future environmental problems for each of our many production processes. We invest in new equipment with a continuous effort to reduce emission and pollution.
In 2019, we used innovative technology to establish a production PI system to monitor the status of the plant operation areas. This real-time monitoring system for environmental data of the plant allows employees to monitor the operation of both production and environmentally protective equipment simultaneously. This allows us to ensure equipment availability and compliance with the relevant environmental regulations.
PI allows faster detection of cumene vapors being leaked from a nearby factory. Personnel can now control the air quality without delay and activate counter responses. Incoming air is cut off by the control room and inside air is passed through an activated carbon filter and recirculated. Workers wear gas masks when working outside to prevent the inhalation of cumene vapor. Contact is made with the nearby factory as soon as possible to request that corrective action be taken.
Air Pollution Control and Prevention
The Linyuan plant has acquired 7 Fixed Pollutant Operator Permits from the Environmental Protection Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government in accordance with Article 24 of the Air Pollution Prevention Act. According to the content of the permits, pollutants are tested and reported regularly. The main air pollutant emissions are: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Ethylene Oxide (EO), and ammonia.
Air Pollution Prevention Equipment
Air Pollution Control and Prevention
All the waste generated by the OUCC plant is entrusted to qualified waste disposal contractors for removal. In addition, recyclable items are entrusted to community charity organizations for recycling after preliminary classification in the plant.
We aim to achieve a cumulative waste reduction of 5%. Waste management and control was strengthened by an increase in the recycling rate compared to 2019. We have also established a “waste removal platform” to effectively handle the type and quantity of waste that is ready for removal at the plant. This has been effective in reducing the random disposal of unfamiliar waste by the personnel, which may adversely affect the environmental safety of the plant area.
Environmental Issues Appeal Mechanism
The OUCC has stipulated internal and external communication procedures for environment, labor safety and health, and quality management. If external stakeholders wish to convey any environmental opinions or complaints, they can send them to the Safety and Health Department, and according to the contents, the authority will appoint a specialist from the Central Safety Committee to communicate with the external stakeholders within the shortest possible time, and will investigate or review the problem within the shortest possible time according to its significance.
We have a “Stakeholder Contact” and an “Environmental Business Contact (07-6413101#2302)”. If an environmental issue arises, OUCC can handle and respond to it immediately. With effective management, there have been no environmental complaints for 8 consecutive years.