CMI has actively been conducting “water footprint” inventory since July 2010. The main objective is to fully grasp its products’ impact on water resources and the environment, and using this as reference for managing the associated risks in the face of global warming and the uneven distribution or gradual shortage of water resources worldwide due to climate change. In September 2010, CMI received the panel industry’s first supply chain “water footprint” verification statement for its 18.5-inch LCD panel used in monitor products. Early this year, its desktop LCD monitor and LCD (LED backlit) TV became the first of such products in the world to obtain product supply-chain “water footprint” verification statements.
Verified by Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV), CMI's supply chain “water footprint” inventory and calculation was conducted in adherence to the Water Footprint Manual: State of the Art 2009 (Note 2) developed by the non-profit international organization Water Footprint Network. To complete the inventory and calculation, all internal units had to coordinate with each other, with the manufacturing plants compiling water usage figures, EHS providing wastewater data and production control providing input/output data. Externally, suppliers’ full cooperation was required as much time was spent on communicating the purpose of the inventory, and the contents and calculation method required for the inventory, during the supplier survey process.
As a major international panel maker, CMI not only provides customers with the most valuable LCD display solutions but is also committed to the coexistence of economic growth and environmental protection. With the verification of the world's first “product carbon footprint” (Note 3) for LCD panel and desktop LCD monitor in 2009, CMI ushered the electronics industry into the era of “product carbon footprint” disclosure. In light of the shortage of water resources worldwide, CMI has actively committed to conducting “product water footprint” verification in order to implement effective water-saving strategies and improve the efficiency of water usage across the board. CMI's effort will not only achieve cost reduction but also further demonstrate its strength in developing green products in line with trends to protect the environment worldwide. By taking actual steps to ensure sustainable recycling of resources, green value is created and the environmental impact of industrial development is reduced.
With regard to the sustainable development of water resources, CMI adheres to the 5Rs concept, i.e. Reuse, Reduce, Regeneration, Recycle and Recovery, and gradually achieves results through water-saving measures such as source improvement, water recycling and exploring alternative water sources. While exerting its corporate influence, CMI helps to protect the environment and ensures sustainability of its business.
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