Circular Economy


Circular Economy

CLC: New Low-Carbon & Green Energy Paper Company

Paper, the daily necessity tied up in our lives, is also an indispensable part of industrial and commercial packaging.
“Cherish Resources and Create a Secondary Forest.” Since the establishment of CLC in 1959, we have made good use of paper's cycle characteristics to reproduce various paper products made out of recovered paper using green paper production. The paper, or industrial paper to be more specific, is the greenest and most sustainable packaging material since it is reused, recycled, and renewed on a continuous basis. Moreover, the paper industry is also a typical and important circular economy industry.
The life circle of CLC's products starts from the use of raw materials and then comes to R&D and design, green production, logistics and distribution, and then the end-consumer. Through the operational mode with papermaking and paper converting as the core, we provide a variety of products and comprehensive solutions for paper packaging to serve clients around the world. Meanwhile, we introduce advanced automatic equipment to improve the production and expand our green low-carbon production sites continuously, so as to strengthen the operational capacity and maintain our leading role in the market. CLC is currently the largest manufacturer of industrial paper products and paper containers as well as one of the largest paper companies in Asia.
To accomplish the vision of zero waste, CLC makes efforts to recycle the process residual material, promote the alternative fuel, and develop green energy via cross-industry cooperation, in order to actively transform ourselves into a new low-carbon green energy paper industry for the 21st century.

Secondary Forest. Circular Economy

For a product life circle which refers to phases of material use, product design, green manufacturing, logistics and distribution, and the end-consumer, we adopt a circular economy model of “renewable resource - paper making - packaging” to research and develop innovative and diverse green products and services, aiming at creating the circular benefits of secondary forests.

Recovered paper utilization rate 0  %
0 million tons of recovered paper
The yearly disposal volume of 0  Muzha incineratorsNote 1
0  million trees saved from cutting downNote 2
Preservation of trees equal to 0 Daan ParksNote 3
Reduced 0 million tons of carbon emissionNote 2
Note 1: The number is calculated based on the Muzha incinerator’s 196,728 tons of refuse disposal in 2019.
Note 2: Using each tone of recovered paper may save 20 trees from felling and reduce 5.8 tons of carbon emission.
Note 3: Assuming that there are 6,000 trees in a Daan Park.

Green ProductionSave Energy and Reduce Carbon Emission

Continue to invest in advanced environmental equipment while developing green energy and alternative fuel, promoting recovery of process residual materials for use as resources and energy, and improving the integration benefits of energy resources. Introducing ISO management systems, performing greenhouse gas inventory, and encouraging waste recycling to save energy, reduce carbon emission, and mitigate climate change and environmental impact in an effective manner.

Reduction of greenhouse gas emission by 0 %
Waste to fuel rate 0 %
Alternative fuel rate 0 %
 0  Renewable Energy Certificates have been accumulatedThe energy saved is equivalent to the yearly power consumption of 0households
(The number is calculated based on the monthly average power consumption of 326 kWh per household announced by the Taiwan Power Company in 2019)

Innovative Circular Economy 
First Paper Maker Completely Recycling Food Paper Containers

In Taiwan, 8 billion of food paper containers are consumed every year. Due to limited resources on the Earth and the increasing saturation of incineration disposal capacity, CLC utilizes the profound technique based on the long-term efforts in producing paper products with recovered paper and is dedicated to implementing food paper container renewal projects. By doing so, we not only develop more sources of recovered paper material and ease off the disposal capacity of incinerators, but also create maximum benefit by making use of resources.

CLC ChuPei Mill processes waste food paper containers with the existing pulper and acquired the “Disposal Enterprise Registration Certificate” in Hsinchu County. In 2018, the approved disposal amount at the first phase was 4,200 tons per year. The permit to change was acquired at the end of 2019 and the total approved disposal amount of waste food paper containers was 16,800 tons per year. By installing a “efficient film laminated paper treatment system,” the offal (waste laminated trimmed paper) of the food paper container factories can be recycled simultaneously. In this way, waste food paper containers and laminated paper can be recycled and reused to support the national renewable policy.

Once the paper-plastic separation process for waste food paper containers (including laminated paper) is completed, CLC transforms the paper from the container into green products, such as the coated duplex board and eco-friendly household paper. The laminated plastic is made into fuel rods to replace petrochemical raw materials and provided for third-parties for integration of resources in order to produce environmental materials for interlocking blocks. By doing so, we can develop more material sources and implement local recycling and production to create the secondary forest and achieve the goal of zero waste by recycling resources. Thanks to the innovative circular economy mode for food paper containers, the ChuPei Mill is the first paper mill which completely recycling pulp and plastics from food paper containers in Taiwan, and received “The 1st National Enterprise Environmental Protection Award” from the Environmental Protection Administration.

Expanding New Production Lines at Tayuan Mill to Enhance Recycling Value Chain
We will futher invest nearly NT$900m to add a recovered bleached pulp line with a capacity of 66k MT at Tayuan Mill in Taiwan using waste food paper containers and laminate tailings as the major materials to further expand the processing capacity of food paper containers. After commercial operations begin at the end of 2022, the monthly consumption of waste food paper containers can increase to 10k MT. To support the government’s waste reduction policy at all times, we will help resolve the disposal problem of waste food paper containers and build a circular economic model for industrial use to expand the economic and environmental value of recycling waste food paper containers, so as to win many sustainable prizes.
(For more inforemation, please refer 《Special Report 1》First Paper Maker Completely Recycling Food Paper Containers in Taiwan Realizing Carbon and Plastic Reduction and Developing Green Business Opportunities

The approved yearly disposal amount of waste food paper containers is 0  tons.
0 trees are saved from being cut down and 0 tons of carbon emission are reduced every year.

Pulping for document destruction reduced carbon emission
by 43,407t and saved 140,000 trees

In 2013, we began to provide free document destruction service by exerting our pulping expertise in paper recycling to repay society through the innovative use of our experience recycled paper papermaking. By doing so, we prove the possibility of reducing environmental impact while achieving economic efficiency. Over the last 8 years, we have helped 335 partners, including government entities, listed companies, banks and insurers, and national defense units, to destroy 7,484 MT of confidential documents through pulping for free to recycle paper for producing over 32 million packs of eco-toilet tissue to realize paper fiber resource sorting and maximize resource utilization to significantly enhance the efficiency of recycling. In 2020, we expanded the scope of pulping destruction services and consumed transfer paper waste through cross-industry cooperation with textile industries.