Getac has established our environmental policies with the “environmental protection, regeneration and sustainability” as the goals. We request all the operating bases to observe local environmental regulations, treasure the resources on the earth, recycle products, improve energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, and prohibit from use of substances harmful to the environment for the purpose to reduce the impact on the environment.
The Environmental Policy of Getac Holdings and its subsidiaries is as below:
Compliance with Laws and Regulations, Prevention of Risks：Actively pay attention to global climate change trends, assess related risks and opportunities, conduct management and prevention in advance to grasp the development of laws and regulations, and ensure that operations comply with domestic and foreign environmental laws and regulations, such as EU RoHS, WEEE, and REACH; uphold the principle of clean production and strictly implement product and environmental management, build a green product platform and organize green supply chain management to meet customer requirements.
Energy-saving, Carbon-reduction, Circular Innovation：In response to the carbon reduction action of controlling the global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius, formulate energy resource reduction (water, energy, carbon emissions, waste) policies and goals, invest resources to implement effective energy and water conservation, and maximize the efficiency of energy resource use; reduce carbon emissions through green manufacturing processes and innovative technologies; continue to improve waste and pollution management performance, reduce emissions and waste in every production link, to achieve the goal of sustainable development and resource recycling/reuse.
Green Products, Environmentally Friendly：Advance the environmental protection design of products, restrict the use of toxic and hazardous substances, and select environmentally friendly materials, such as plastic cases that comply with EU RoHS and are free of brominated flame resisting agents. The energy consumption design of the product conforms to the requirements of international energy labels, such as Energy Star, and achieves lightweight packaging, minimized material types, and optimized volume. Under the premise of meeting customer requirements, encourage the use of recycled raw materials and environmentally friendly materials, and reduce the use of packaging materials to reduce environmental impact.
Information Transparency, Communication Initiative：Establish communication and consultation channels, disclose information related to environment, and communicate environmental policies with stakeholders. Proactively advocate and publicize sustainable issues, raise the environmental awareness of stakeholders, and leverage corporate influence to jointly promote environmental protection.
Continuous Improvement, Effective Management: Establish the environmental goal regular review through the Environmental Management System, and continuously improve environmental management performance through appropriate publicity and training, implementation in daily management—in addition to deepening all employees’ awareness and responsibility for environmental protection—and actively cooperate with customers and suppliers to jointly establish a green and sustainable supply chain.
Getac integrates the concept of green products into the entire product life cycle, from the acquisition of raw materials, research and development, production and manufacturing, transportation and distribution, to consumer use and the recycling and reuse of end products. Through design, Getac aims to achieve maximum value through effective reuse. The company implements various measures such as reduce, reuse, recycle, and recovery to mitigate its environmental impact.
Our research and development team is also committed to practicing environmental stewardship through the power of technology. This includes developing low-energy consumption products to achieve energy savings and emissions reduction. We are also gradually increasing the incorporation of Post Consumer plastic (PCR), which is recycled plastic, in the raw materials for plastic casing products. This helps reduce the usage of new materials and moves us towards a circular economy approach.
Getac Green Product Life Cycle
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Better Than International Environmental Protection And Safety Standards
All electronic products from Getac has passed international safety standard certifications, complying with the safety requirements for electronic products, wireless radio frequency, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and other regulations in the shipping countries. This includes certifications such as UL and FCC in the United States, CE in the European Union, BSMI in Taiwan, among others. They also label relevant safety, environmental, energy-saving, and communication certifications on the products or packaging in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the shipping region. There were no incidents of non-compliance with product labeling.
In addition, Getac are designed to meet the specific safety requirements of industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and oil. Some models have obtained proactive certifications for high-specification safety standards, such as ATEX/IECEx Zone 0, 20, UL913 (Class I/ II Division 1).
Raw Material Low Cardon Design
As one of the world's leading manufacturers of rugged computers, the products produced by our subsidiary Getac Technology (GTC) are widely used by the government agencies of all countries and large international corporations. Our rugged solution not only provide superior ruggedness but also equipped with high performing endurance and the energy-saving design conforms to the latest international energy saving design and specification requirements, such as Energy Star 8.0 and energy performance regulations enforced by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the California Energy Commission., etc., and is verified according to the requirements of Energy Star through Design Quality Verification (DQA) Department, to ensure low energy consumption design specifications and allow users to save a large amount of unnecessary energy consumption.
The energy consumption of products from GTC, which are certified with ENERGY STAR®, has been tested in the laboratory, and the actual measured values are all lower than the required standard values specified in the reports. The average power consumption of the thirteen main models sold by Getac in 2022 is lower than the standard value of Energy Star by 4.96 (KWh/yr). After multiplying this by the number of units sold in the year, it is estimated that the rugged computers sold by GTC in 2022 could save the Earth approximately 706.48 MWh per year, equivalent to 360 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. (Referring to Taiwan Power Company's information, the carbon emission factor is calculated at 0.502 kg CO2e/KWh). Demonstrate Getac's efforts and achievements in energy-saving design.
Developing Circular Economy Recycled Materials
The R&D team of Getac Plastic Business Group has been devoted to researching and developing Glite recycled materials. Glite utilizes PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic materials as its base, with at least 40% of the material consisting of PC (polycarbonate). This promotes the development of a circular economy by transforming used plastic waste into high-quality and sustainable plastic raw materials for production. The PC-based PCR material is not only halogen-free and flame retardant but also exhibits high flowability and improved aesthetics after forming. By using these recycled materials in production, it reduces the demand for new plastic raw materials and minimizes the environmental impact of landfilling and incineration. Additionally, developing PCR plastic materials can lower production costs, enhance business competitiveness, and provide consumers with more environmentally friendly product choices.
Recycle & Reuse
To reduce packaging material usage, Getac Holding’s subsidiary companies have implemented product packaging recycling programs based on their sales models and delivery locations. For products mainly intended for export, the outsourcing cartons cannot be recycled. However, for products mainly intended for domestic sales, the company evaluates the transportation distance and packaging usage with frequent trading partners. After assessing these factors, they communicate with customers to facilitate the recycling and reuse of cartons.
Subsidiary companies MPTK and MPTZ have engaged professional vendors to assist in the recycling and reuse of paper cartons. The vendors are paid on a per-piece basis, incentivizing them to preserve the integrity of the cartons during transportation and maximize the quantity of recycled cartons. The factories maintain detailed records of the quantity of cartons entering and leaving the premises.
In the aspect of reducing electronic waste, subsidiary company GTC’s rugged products comply with the WEEE requirements. On each of our products, we not only mark the products are recyclable and provide instructions on how to dismantle the products. We also commission local certified vendors in European regions to recycle our products. When recycling our products, they can be easily disassembled for re-use, which reduces resource waste. Furthermore, Getac products are designed following Energy related Products (EuP) directives and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) standards.
Energy-saving and emissions reduction management
Getac's energy policy is to cherish resources and improve energy efficiency by means of process energy saving and emissions reduction. Getac also reduces the impact on the environment by integrating energy resources through cross-industry integration to recycle and reuse waste steam. In order to enhance energy efficiency, the subsidiary companies GTC Plant 5 (Xizhi) Getac Kunshan (GTK) have implemented the ISO 50001 Energy Management System and have successfully passed third party verification.
Getac Holdings aims to reduce the emission intensity year by year. This is achieved through measures such as increasing automation, implementing intelligent energy consumption monitoring, improving energy-efficient designs for significant process equipment, and upgrading major energy-consuming equipment. These efforts effectively control the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2022, Getac Holdings invested a total of NTD 86.04 million in implementing 20 energy-saving projects (see page 67, Table 16), including energy-saving air compressors, energy-efficient pumps, lighting improvements, energy-saving control systems for air conditioning, and variable frequency exhaust motors. The additional energy saved in 2022 amounted to 7,368 MWh, equivalent to 4,930 metric tons of CO2e, resulting in savings of NTD 18.85 million in electricity costs.
In 2022, Getac Holdings’ total greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 307,587.71 Mt CO2e. The combined emissions from category 1 and category 2 sources were 107,029.96 metric tons, accounting for 35% of the total emissions. The emissions from category 3-6 (Scope 3) sources were 200,557.76 metric tons, accounting for 65% of the total emissions. The emissions intensity from category 1 and category 2 sources reduced to 98.16 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per million dollars of revenue, representing a 22.5% decrease compared to 2021's figure of 126.65 metric tons. Please refer to the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions data of each subsidiary for detailed information.
Water Resource Management
At Getac, we aim to maximize the efficiency of every drop of water used. In 2022, the total water withdraw of Getac Holdings (Consolidated) was 652.74 million liters, which was a 17% decrease compared to 2021. The main reason for this reduction was the decrease in production demand and a consequent decrease in process water usage.
In 2022, the total wastewater discharge of Getac Holdings (Consolidated) was 404.16 million liters, and the water consumption was 248.58 million liters. As a non-water-intensive industry, there is no water demand during the product usage period. Therefore, water resource management emphasizes improving process water recycling rates to ensure the maintenance and inspection of infrastructure. Additionally, efforts are made to promote water conservation on a regular basis.
The water intensity, was 0.60 million liters per million US dollars of revenue, lower than the 0.73 million liters in 2021. The water intensity has been decreasing annually since 2019, indicating an improvement in water efficiency in generating each unit of revenue. Please refer to the water usage data of each subsidiary for detailed information.
Quality certification system
Based on industry nature and product attributes, the company and its subsidiaries have received the certification of international standard management systems, including ISO 9001 quality management system, ISO 14001 environmental management system, ISO14064 greenhouse gas, ISO50001 energy management system, ISO45001 occupational health and safety management system, QC080000 Hazardous Substance Management System, IATF 16949 International Automotive Task force quality management system, AS9100 Aerospace quality management system and other quality system certifications. Please refer to the implementation status of management systems in each plant for detailed information.