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EHS Achievements

Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials minimizes the environmental impact and improves the operating efficiency through the green management.

Response to Climate Change

Doosan regularly discloses information related to the greenhouse gas emissions of its facilities and controls them according to the IPCC1) Guidelines and the government’s own guidelines. Doosan’s statements of its greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption and its plans for monitoring them are verified by a third party each year. In particular, the company set reduction targets for its workplaces and has steadily promoted energy saving and greenhouse gas reduction activities to achieve the targets given by the government, as the regulatory targets are shifted from the GHG emission trading system to the target management system in 2018.

Operation of Energy Management Committee

The government has enacted the “Low Carbon Green Growth Basic Act” to fulfill its responsibility toward addressing climate change, and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37% by 2030. To accomplish this goal, the government aims to request industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing their energy use. Doosan has established an Energy Management Committee for business sites, to meet national requirements and contribute toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Management Committee holds four or more annual meetings at the Electro-Materials BG’s Jeungpyeong, Iksan, and Gimcheon plants and Mottrol BG. The Committee also checks the activities according to a pre-established energy saving plan and goals, and consultations on the operation plan.

Stewardship of Hazardous Chemical Substances

Doosan Corporation strives to create a safe and clean workplace through a tighter management of hazardous chemicals. Electro-Materials BG has obtained a business license for harmful chemical substances in order to comply with the laws and regulations of chemical substances, and conducts statistical and emissions surveys on a regular basis, in accordance with the legal requirements. Employees of all worksites periodically attend education courses on the safe handling of chemical substances, and the importance of systematically wearing personal protective gear. In addition, the company has continuously invested in facilities to comply with all chemical substances management laws in its business sites. In 2018, leak and gas detectors were installed at all major hazardous chemical handling facilities and processes. In 2019, factory wall improvements are scheduled to meet the legal requirements through continuous improvement. Safe management of chemical substances entering the company complies with all the legal procedures, by checking the material information of imported chemicals. In 2018, the company strengthened its management level by management surveys to identify issues and establish improvement measures.

Control of Air Pollutants

Doosan keeps the atmospheric pollutant emissions generated at its worksites below 50% of the standard allowed under the relevant statutes. In particular, Electro-Materials BG regularly conducts self-measurement of major pollutants twice a month and plans to further measure the pollutant emission concentration and improve facilities as the air pollutant emission standards get strengthened, starting 2020.

Management of Water Use and Effluents

Electro-Materials BG manages water resource risks to reduce the risks related to depletion of water resources and maintenance of a stable water supply. It also maintains the density of water pollutants in final effluents below 50% of the current standard.

Waste Management

1) Allbaro System: As the IT-based waste management system of the Korean government, it controls the entire set of processes for waste management, right from discharge to transportation, to the final treatment.

Response to and Monitoring of New Environmental Regulations

Global public awareness of and an interest in environmental issues such as environmental pollution, water shortages, natural disasters and climate change have increased significantly over the years. Along with this interest, efforts such as policies and regulations to solve problems are continuing at the national level. In particular, the importance of environmental management of companies is heavily emphasized upon. In this regard, Doosan has deployed an environmental management system designed to minimize the impact of company business on the environment. It preemptively responds to government regulations and trends by steadily monitoring business activities and surveying their impact on local communities. Furthermore, the company has conducted in-depth expert research to secure essential EHS capabilities and enhanced its execution ability through its participation in EHS participatory activities.

Environmental Investment Management

Doosan Corporation operates a system for the management of environmental expenditure to internalize its environmental manage- ment system. Its environmental investments are mainly focused on installing or replacing pollution prevention or environmental protection facilities and on constructing wastewater treatment stations and waste storage warehouses. In 2018, Electro-Materials BG invested KRW 360 million in wastewater treatment plant maintenance, with the replacement of filter/ filter media (at Jeungpyeong plant), also the replacement of wastewater treatment plant panels, along with improvement of ventilation of mixing equipment (at Gimcheon plant), washing booth and adsorption tower.

Initiatives for Development of Eco-friendly Products

Electro-Materials BG places efforts to develop eco-friendly materials in the field of electronic products. It has created an eco-friendly product portfolio on the R&D road map to develop products based on eco-friendly materials (lead-free, halogen-free, dust-free materials, EV batteries, low-power display materials, etc.). In addition, products are designed to use less hazardous ingredients in the development stage, avoiding the use of toxic solvents and managing environmental factors according to the EHS impact assessment (hazardous raw materials, raw material MSDS, etc.). In the intermediate development stage, the hazardous substance review tests(RoHS II1), SVHC2), etc.) are applied to verify that products do not violate the international restrictions of hazardous substances. In 2018, BG developed eco-friendly and halogen-free products with features such as halogen as halogen-free middle loss and halogen-free ultra-low loss applicable to high-capacity, high-speed and high-function network equipment for the IoT and 5G. In 2019, BG will start developing BPA-free (Bisphenol A-free) products that comply with environmental regulations and are applicable to fingerprint recognition modules.

1) RoHS II: Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive adopted by the EU to restrict hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment (4 out of 6 RoHS Phthalates: DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP)
2) SVHC: Substances of Very High Concern

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