TSMC buys green power and min­is­ter shows his grat­i­tude

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

Eco­nom­ics Min­is­ter John Deng ( ) vis­ited Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC,

) on Fri­day in a ges­ture to show grat­i­tude for the com­pany’s pur­chase of 100 mil­lion kilowatts of green power this year.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with TSMC Chair­man Mor­ris Chang ( ) at the com­pany’s Hs­inzhu head­quar­ters, Deng said that he has great con­fi­dence in do­mes­tic busi­nesses’ com­pet­i­tive­ness, but some busi­nesses still need to in­vest more ef­fort.

The en­tire Tai­wanese pop­u­la­tion has bought 150 mil­lion kilowatts of green power this year, of which TSMC ac­counts for 100 mil­lion, or twice as much as the to­tal for other com­pa­nies. Thanks to TSMC, the amount of green power pur­chased has in­creased 30-fold.

“Noth­ing con­trib­utes more to hu­man­ity than re­duc­ing emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide,” Deng said. The amount of green power TSMC bought is equal to 21,000 cars’ car­bon diox­ide emis­sion in one year, or the amount that 5,200,000 trees can ab­sorb. If a com­pany spends NT$200,000 — the an­nual salary of an ex­tra part-time worker — on buy­ing green power, it will have the same ef­fect of plant­ing 10,000 new trees, he said.

Buy­ing green power sig­ni­fies the com­pany’s ded­i­ca­tion to pro­mot­ing re­new­able energy de­vel­op­ment in Tai­wan, TSMC Chair­man Chang said, adding that the com­pany sticks to its green so­lu­tions to es­tab­lish en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly mea­sures.

Since Tai­wan’s elec­tric­ity sup­ply is suf­fer­ing short­ages, ev­ery­one should en­deavor to save elec­tric­ity for the sake of the Earth’s sus­tain­abil­ity, said Chang.

On the sub­ject of whether to let Tai­wanese com­pa­nies es­tab­lish 12-inch wafer fa­cil­i­ties in main­land China through whole pro­pri­etor­ship, Deng said the gov­ern­ment will give busi­nesses “enough space” so long as they en­sure that ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal knowhow will stay in Tai­wan.

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