Papermaking is indispensable to forest stewardship. Therefore, we make paper mainly out of recovered paper to exemplify the circular economy. Apart from purchasing FSC™ pulp, we encourage landowners to maintain the original look of forests to protect and promote environmental sustainability. All CLC mills/plants have passed FSC™ certification. In addition, we have set the FSC™ pulp consumption ratio at 95% in 2030 target to realize our vision of forest stewardship.
In addition, with a perfect water management strategy and through a series of sustainable development actions, such as building wildlife ponds and greeneries, growing trees, and adopting parks, we actively nurture biodiversity, fix carbon to mitigate the greenhouse effect, and correspond to “halt biodiversity loss” in SDG15 “Life on Land.”
Rivers and Wetlands
By implementing water PDCA management and cross-plant exchange, enforcing process water conservation and graded water management, enhancing the efficiency off process water reuse, we supply safe and compliant effluents as a steady water source of rivers and wetlands near our mills/ plants. By actively practicing river adoption, Tayuan Mill and Hsinchu Mill are recognized as “Outstanding River Adoption Enterprise” by the Government.
Coexistence of Ecology and Factories in Harmony
As the feedstock waste-paper storage of Tayuan Mill is located in a low-lying alluvium, to reduce land subsidence due to the heavy weight on top and to nurture biodiversity, we fill in the waste soil left from the factory building construction at the lower part of the oblique terrestrial surface to form two hillocks with rain harvesting function to form a wildlife pond through natural waterflow. To maximize resource use, a pavement is built with the spent coal ash from the mill and decorated with slags, gravels, and glass to filter rainwater and retain mud from direct discharge into the pond to demonstrate the multifunctionality.
In mill greenery planning, endemic plants with better adaptability have been selected. In addition, bird- and insect-attracting plants are also grown to provide sufficient food sources to attract insects and birds to nest in the greenery to create a sustainable natural landscape of floral and faunal diversity. It presents the coexistence between a diversified ecosystem and factory buildings in harmony.
Plantation for Forest Protection
Since CLC was established, we began to grow trees actively across Taiwan. For example, Chupei Mill began to plant over 2,000 seedlings a year from 1973. Today, it has grown nearly 100,000 trees to achieve a high oxygen plant site with a landscaping greenery. It also collaborates with the Forestry Bureau and private professional forestation teams to select species suitable for the environment. In 2020, we supported UN’s “International Day for Biological Diversity” on May 22 by participating in the tree plantation program of the New Taipei City Agriculture Department to grow 20 Chinese Bretschneidera (Bretschneidera sinensis) trees and 500 Rhododendron kanehirae trees at the Taiwan Endemic Plant Conservation Center in Ruifang District to enrich biodiversity and build a forest-friendly eco-environment for wildlife and insects to find the food they need.
Adopting CLC Park and growing endemic plants to keep the green for a virtuous cycle
To provide citizens working and living near CLC HQ in Banqiao with a safe and comfortable corner for leisure and recreation and a greenery that can block traffic, noise, and unpleasant landscapes, from 2009, we began to adopt an open space with an area of 2,000 ping (approx. 6,610 m2) right in front of CLC HQ to build the CLC Park. Inside the CLC Park, we have grown early twenty endemic species of trees to realize biodiversity with trees and grasses. We also periodically maintain the plants, clean up the environment, ensure lighting safety, and keep the public toilets clean inside the park. Moreover, we replace the flowers and plants according to the seasonal changes to provide local residents with a green corner to enjoy the common good.