Sustainable Campus


Sustainable Campus / Environmental Management


  Hungkuang are committed to promoting green energy and environmental education. On the one hand, we build solar photovoltaic power generation system on the roof of the school building and set up the total power generation capacity goal over 1,000 kWp (annual power generation over 1.3 million kWh). On the other hand, we raise employees’ and students’ environmental awareness by promoting 3 R’s: reduce waste, reuse resources, and recycle materials in everyday activities, and also encourage teachers to introduce environmental issues into school curriculums.


Complehensive energy development and energy saving and carbon reduction Cooperate with the government's energy policy to promote complehensive energy development (Fig. 5-1):

Fig. 5-1 The school promotes a comprehensive energy development strategy

Fig. 5-1 The school promotes a comprehensive energy development strategy

Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction

In 2017, the total energy consumption of the school was 43,747.98 GJ, and the energy intensity was 88.87 EUI (building power consumption), which dropped from 92.45 in 2015, mainly because of power purchasing reduction in 2017. Taking 2015 as the base year (the school publishes a CSR report in every 2 years, so the previous publication year is a comparative benchmark, showing a contextual disclosure), and the power consumption in 2017 decreased by 2.94% compared with 2015 (as shown in Fig. 5-2).

Table 5-1 Energy consumption table of Hungkuang from 2011 to 2017

Table 5-1 Energy consumption table of Hungkuang from 2011 to 2017  Fig. 5-2 2011-2017 Trends of electricity consumption
Fig. 5-2 2011-2017 Trends of electricity consumption

  The scope of the school's operational boundaries is set to use the contents of Section 4.2 of the ISO 14064-1 standard, and the annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions are regularly checked every year (see Figure 5-3 for Greenhouse Gas Emissions over the years). In 2017, Hungkuang's total CO2 emissions from energy use was 6597.3 metric tons CO2e was reduced by 23.74% compared with the total CO2 emissions of 8651.59 metric tons in 2010. The average emission per person is 0.54 metric tons of CO2e, which is much lower than the average emission per capita of the country is 10.65 metric tons of CO2e. (source:https://www.epa.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=10052&ctNode=31352&mp=epa)

Fig. 5-3 2010-2017 Trends of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 693.68 tCO2e;Scope 2: 5,903.63 tCO2e。
2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 740.70 tCO2e;Scope 2: 6,064.38 tCO2e。
2015 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 663.52 tCO2e;Scope 2: 6,153.53 tCO2e。
2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 682.15 tCO2e;Scope 2: 6,225.45 tCO2e。
2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 747.46 tCO2e;Scope 2: 6,364.36 tCO2e。
2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 733.13 tCO2e;Scope 2: 8,172.06 tCO2e。
2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 750.73 tCO2e;Scope 2: 8,182.93 tCO2e。
2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scope1: 803.15 tCO2e;Scope 2: 7,848.45 tCO2e。

Fig. 5-3 2010-2017 Trends of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Green Procurement

  In order to fulfill social responsibilities and comply with the environmental policies formulated by the school, we place high priority in purchasing environmentally friendly products, i.e., products with green energy-saving or low-energy consuming label. Since the school proactively complies with the government green procurement policy and in 2017 we got approval from the Taichung City Government.

Table 5-2 2015-2017 Amount of Green Procurement

Table 5-2 2015-2017 Amount of Green Procurement


Fig. 5-4 Green procurement won the approval from Taichung City Government

Circular Economy

  The school promotes the recycling of idle items, revitalizes the storage space in the school, cherishes resources, and does not waste materials. Total donated idle items from 2013 to 2017 are shown in Figure 5-5.


Fig. 5-5 2013-2017 Donated idle items list and certificate of appreciation from grateful recipients

Maintain Indoor Air Quality

  In order to ensure the indoor air quality, the school has installed Indoor Air Quality Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems on each floor of the library, and set up an instant display at the entrance and exit (Figure 5-6). Start the ventilation device when the CO2 concentration reaches 1,000 ppm and introduce outside air to ensure indoor health.The test results of indoor air quality are in line with emission standards.


Fig. 5-6 Library indoor air quality automatic continuous monitoring system and dedicated personnel’s license

Value Water Resource

  From 2016 to 2017, the water consumption status of the whole school has shown a downward trend (as shown in Figure 5-7), but the higher usage in 2013 and 2014 was due to the leakage of the water pipe. Water consumption decreased by 28.33% from 2015 to 2017. As for the daily water consumption per person, it has dropped to 20.12 liters per capita per day, which is far lower than the reference value of 64 liters per capita per day (LPCD) for government agencies and schools at all levels.

 Fig. 5-7 2011-2017 Trends in tap water consumption

Fig. 5-7 2011-2017 Trends in tap water consumption 

    The Building N (Research Building) of the University built a rainwater recycling system on the roof to recover rainwater for landscape watering. According to the annual rainy season, the rainfall of about 120 tons in three months can replace some of the tap water demand and play a water-saving effect. 


Fig. 5-8 Rainwater recycling system complied with Green Mark

Water Pollution Prevention

  The school's sewage treatment equipment uses secondary biological treatment, and obtains water pollution prevention measures and Water Pollution Control Permits (document as shown in Figure 5-9 left) and sets up dedicated personnel (Figure 5-9 right). The treated water test results have met the regulatory standards over the years. Also the amount of effluent showed a downward trend (as shown in Figure 5-10). As shown in the figure, the daily wastewater per person has been reduced significantly to 10.77 Liters. 


    Fig. 5-9 Water Pollution Control Permits dedicated personnel’s license

 Fig. 5-10 2011-2017 Trends in effluent consumption

Fig. 5-10 2011-2017 Trends in effluent consumption

Healthy Drinking Water

  The school regularly tests drinking fountain’s water quality in March, June, September and December. The drinking water quality meets the regulatory standards. The sampling rate is one-third of the total fountains equipped in the school, which is well beyond the regulation’s requirement--one eighth.


Fig. 5-11 Drinking water inspection reports

Waste Reduction

      The amount of waste in the school shows a downward trend (as shown in Table 5-3). In 2017, the resource recycling ratio reached 33.95%. The amount of garbage per person per day has dropped to 0.06 kg, which is far lower than the national standard statistics released by the General Accounting Office in 2017. The average daily garbage production per capita in Taiwan is 0.915 kg (source: Republic of China Statistics Network). The school has no hazardous waste transportation within its scope of operation, and its related wastes are transported and handled by professional waste processor. (as shown in Table 5-3).

Table 5-3 2013-2017 Total waste treatment

Table 5-3 2013-2017 Total waste treatment  

Toxic Chemical Substances Control

  62 kinds of toxic chemical substances are used in the school, all of which have been approved by Taichung City Environmental Protection Bureau. (see Fig. 5-13)


Fig. 5-13 Environmental Protection Bureau of Taichung City Government Toxic Chemical Operators’license


Fig. 5-14 Inventory of Toxic Chemical

  In addition, toxic chemical has to be purchased through the Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Protection in order to implement the school-wide management, therefore, ensuring that the toxic chemical obtained from legal source and operated in accordance with relevant regulations.

Green Campus

  In support of Taichung City Government’s “Tree Planting Project”, for three consecutive years, the school held the “One Life, One Tree" campus tree-planting activity. During the activity, 20 representatives of the freshmen planted Taiwan's native cinnamon trees on campus. By planting trees by hand, we hope to evoke students’ awareness about the natural ecology and the importance of coexistence among people, animals and plants.


Fig. 5-15 “One Life, One Tree” campus tree-planting activity

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