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Qisda Corporate Sustainability Development
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Green Supply Chain
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Create innovate green products that can elevate the life quality of our human fellows.
Apply the approach of IEC62430 to the analysis and management of each product lifecycle; Use the carbon management platform to analyze major products and identify opportunities for further improvement.
Goals & Performance
With the implementation of Green Design 555 -Saving Energy, Reducing Material Use, and Increasing the Reuse, Reduce and Recycling (3R) Rate by 5%, Qisda has respectively achieved reductions of 5.95% and 9.84%, and an increase of 16.88% in the Reuse, Reduce and Recycling (3R) Rate, compared to base year 2009.
In order to continue implementing Qisda’s CSD vision of ”Be an innovator in designing and manufacturing of electronic products, elevate the life quality of our fellow humans and being friendly to Mother Earth”, we have set 2010 as the beginning year of green product development. By 2012, each business unit must reach the target goal of “Green Design 555”: Saving Energy, Reducing Material Use, and Increasing the Reuse, Reduce, and Recycling Rate by 5%. In addition, Qisda has fully embraced its corporate social responsibility in providing green products through incorporating the innovative Life Cycle Thinking concept in design. It paves the way to create a Green Value Chain in every stage of a product life: research and development, supply chain purchasing, manufacturing, distribution and marketing, as well as waste recycling.
1. Life Cycle Thinking
The performance of a green product is determined at the early stage of its design. Qisda requires its entire R&D staff to apply Life Cycle Thinking at the preliminary stage of product design and development. We carefully analyze the environmental impacts and risks a product may generate throughout the different stages of its life cycle, and hence to improve our next-generation products.
Under the assumption that chemical substances that hold potential threats to the environmental safety may be used in products or in the production process, Qisda has formulated a ‘Hazardous Material Management Checklist’ in accordance with related international regulations and customer requirements to address this concern. Qisda also employs a systematic management system to ensure that its products are complied with international regulations and customer requests through strict control of components sample approval and examination of final products. Qisda has developed a Hazardous Chemical Use Reduction Plan to gradually reduce the use of hazardous chemical substances each year.
Since the beginning of 2008, Qisda’s manufacturing sites in Taiwan, Suzhou, and Mexico has met the standards and passed the IECQ QC 080000 Hazardous Substance Process Management System Certification.
In 2011, Qisda obtained the IEC 62430 (Environmentally Conscious Design for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems) certification in its major product lines: including TFT-LCDs, projectors, smart phones, scanners, multimedia players, and lighting devices.
Figure 1.1. Life Cycle Thinking: The Foundation of a Green Value Chain
2. Environmental Labels
First and foremost, Qisda has carried out the Green Products concept in full swing, from product research and development to manufacturing phase. It makes environmentally-conscious choices in the efforts to bring these goals into realization: extending a product’s life cycle, saving energy, use of recyclable and low toxic materials, reducing the environment impact brought upon by our products, and so on. Meanwhile, to ensure each product complies with environmental regulations and customer-specific requirements, Qisda has reinforced supplier environmental training and management in creating a Green Supply Chain. Qisda has successfully assisted its customers in acquiring related green product labels and environmental certification, including:
China CECP Certification
China Efficiency Label
Figure 1.2. Green Product Labels and Environmental Certificates
3. Life Cycle Assessment Thinking
Since 2009, Qisda has been conducting the assessment for Eco-design of Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). It has been giving a great deal of consideration in evaluating the environmental impacts of our final products. Of all the environmental impact indicators, we identified carbon as one of the key indicators. Ever since the inception of carbon footprint inventory in 2009, Qisda has received PAS 2050 certification for products including TFT-LCD monitors, projectors, and e-books. The following figure presents the life cycle data reported to local environmental protection authorities. In 2011, our 24” LCD monitor won the first Carbon-Footprint Certificate in China.
At the same time, Qisda has been constantly monitoring other environmental impact indicators beyond carbon. In 2011, from the result obtained in an ISO 14025 EPD analysis in one projector, we discovered a higher level of carbon consumption. As a result, Qisda will still use carbon as one of the key indicators in improving the overall quality of its green product design.
Figure 1.3. Carbon Emissions for Each Life Cycle Stage of TFT-LCD Monitor, Projector, and e-Book
Figure 1.4. EPD2 of a Single Projector
4. Green Product Design
Since 2010, Qisda has successfully implemented Green Design 555 indicators (Saving Energy, Reducing Material Use, and Increasing the Reuse, Reduce and Recycling Rate by 5%) across its product lines. By the end of 2011, Qisda has respectively achieved reductions of 5.95% and 9.84%, and an increase of 16.88% in the Reuse, Reduce and Recycling Rate. The design concepts of a selected model from our monitor and projector are illustrated below:
I. Product: Monitor (Model: 241P4QPY)
The design concepts of this product are as follows:
I. Power Consumption
The new design is able to reduce the power consumption in sleep mode significantly by 80%, compared to the previous generation.
A switch is added to avoid consuming power after the product is shut down. Off-mode power consumption is 100% less than the previous model.
II. Eco Material
Plastic usage: Reduce the thickness of plastic, lessening the overall product weight by 15.17%.
Packaging: Reduce the volume of a carton by 1.2%.
Panel: Reduce the weight of the LED panel by 1.19%.
Coating: Eliminate coating to increase the product’s recyclability.
II. Product: Projector (Model: MW851UST)
The design concepts of this product are as follows:
I. Power Consumption: The new design is able to reduce the power consumption in stand-by mode by 50%, decreasing its carbon emissions during its life cycle.
II. Eco Material
Plastic usage: over 25g of the plastic parts are made of Halogenfree materials.
Packaging: 80% of the carton and cushions are made of recycled paper.
Ink: Soybean ink is used for carton printing, with 70% of ink usage saved on single-color printing.
Minimization of Product Surface Treatment: The projector is free of postprocessing pollution generated by sur face printing, coating, and electroplating to increase the its overall recyclability.
III. Eco Structure
The projector is assembled by applying joint latches and screws to the structure in lieu of the heat staking process so that it can be easily taken apart for repair and recycle. As shown in Figure 1.5, the previous model (Before) used brass nail heat staking design in its lower case, while the latest model (After) was updated with joint latches and screws.
A good product starts with a good design, which lies in well management of design in the early stage. In order to create products that are even more ecofriendly, our designers put Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) into practice, embedding it into every stage of the product’s life cycle. With the solid foundation Qisda built in 2011, we look forward to stepping on top of it and enhancing our LCT strategy, and thus making Qisda a greener and stronger green products provider in 2012.
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