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TSMC shares efforts toward sustainability, power conservation

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip-maker, yesterday shared its achievements in power conservation, which the firm said has helped it save 730 million kilowatt-hours of power.

Ho Li-mei, TSMC spokesperson, said that within the company, there are several hundred engineers who work on power conservation each day. Their efforts have contributed to a reduction of 730 million kWH of power last year, an amount that can last a 300,000-population town for 1.5 years. The figure also helped TSMC save about NT$1.7 billion in power costs, she said.

In terms of water, TSMC saves about 18 percent, and the firm's water recycling rate has come close to 90 percent, she said.

Chang Shu-fen, wife of TSMC CEO and Chairman Morris Chang, also shared her experience on saving power during a forum held by the firm yesterday.

“What Morris and I do is we turn off lights constantly and use power-modulating air conditioning, lights, television and refrigerator,” she said. “We also use TSMC-made LED light bulbs, which have the additional benefit of preventing the skin from turning dark. This can really be beneficial for housewives.”

Also during the forum, she talked about her husband's commuting habit, after a recent photo of Chang riding in a commuter train made headlines everywhere.

“He always takes commuter trains, just to save time,” she said.

TSMC is set to announce its November revenue Monday. Yesterday, its peers United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor both reported sales declines last month.

For November, UMC posted revenue of NT$9.01 billion, a decline of 2.92 percent month-on-month and the lowest in eight months.

Vanguard, meanwhile, had sales of NT$1.562 billion last month, a decline of 13 percent from October.

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