TSMC buys green power and minister shows his gratitude
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.