According to the material topics we identified and the Company’s overall development strategy, we have selected four sustainable development goals (SDGs) that we can address in a meaningful way. Based on an in-depth review of the four SDGs, their targets and corresponding indicators, we have adjusted and devised practical and specific indicators to measure our progress. These indicators are laid out in the table below:
Performance in 2021: among all 11 indicators, we missed the mark on three, which were total water withdrawal, waste recovery rate, and greenhouse gas emissions intensity. To make improvements, we continue to strengthen related management actions and increase the resources we invest in (as described in each section of the Environment webpage)
Note: E stands for Everlight Chemical, and G stands for the Everlight Chemical Group.
* Due to increase in customer demand for liquid products, which led to increased process water demand in 2021.
** In 2021, sales performance of Everlight Chemical (on a standalone basis) grew by 23%, while waste generation grew by 25% compared with 2020. This has caused a slight decrease in waste recycled, but on a standalone basis, Everlight Chemical’s waste recovery rate has increased compared with that of 2020.
*** Emissions reduction rate per unit of production (%) =〔1－(Total air pollution discharge (kg)/ production (tons)/benchmark)〕x100. The benchmark refers to the average air pollutant emissions per unit of output (kg/ton of output) from 2018 to 2020. Benchmark values are 1.93 (Group) and 2.50 (Everlight Chemical).
**** The overall output value in 2021 increased by 23% compared to 2020, and greenhouse gas emissions increased by 14%. Though the 2021 target was not met, the Company did improve on overall greenhouse gas emissions intensity in comparison to the previous year.