Green Factory And Community

The provision of occupational health and safety for the employees and the business partners cautiously is the beginning of the successful operation in the factories. The Company has organized training with employees and regularly manages the factory area's environment to follow international standards. Apart from managing the area within the Company, Thai Wah also emphasizes relationship establishment and sustainable development of the operation with the communities with responsibility towards the society and environment sustainably. And from the severe impacts from climate change, the Company considers the urgency in cooperation to solve problems from the factory management system to prevent the effects on the environment. The Company also reduces the impacts towards the communities, such as using a solar energy and biogas system, which are renewable energy, and the effective water system and wastewater treatment management. In addition, we also promote education, funds, local communities' development, and innovation development, which encourages sustainability and strength for communities, leading to the establishment of a foundation for communities to stand by themselves in the long run.

Safety and Occupational Health

Recognizing the significance of occupational health and safety, both for individuals and in the production process, the Company strives to ensure that our employees and business partners perform their duty at full capacity in a safe and pleasant work environment and occupational health. We have strictly complied with all applicable laws, and national and international standards, as well as our related regulations and policy, in a bid to avoid risks associated with the working environment as well as occupational health and safety. The Company also sets a role model and promotes awareness on corporate social responsibility as well as encourages personnel to be satisfied in the long-term.

Energy Usage Efficiency throughout the Production Process

In 2021, the Company joined with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) as a pilot plant in the project to expand the promotion on providing Carbon Footprint from Operation (CFO) organized by the Water and Environment Institute for Sustainability, the Federation of Thai Industries. The two factories involved were the starch factory in Udon Thani province and the glass noodle factory in Nakhon Pathom province. On 26 August 2021, The Company calibrated the corporate greenhouse gas emissions report. In addition, Thai Wah has become a member of the Thailand Carbon Neutral Network (TCNN), UN Global Compact, and RE100 Thailand Club (RE100TH) in order to show the intention of determination and work together to drive the industrial sector towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, aiming for carbon-neutral and net-zero carbon emissions in accordance with the national goal. It aims to solve the global warming problem and maintain the capability in enhancing Thailand's competitiveness and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tCO2e) 2020 2021
Scope 1 Scope 2 Scope 1 Scope 2
Thai Nam Factory, Udonthani province 1,119* 6,121* 1,934 9,039
Banglen Factory, Nakorn Pathom 20,056** 4,108** 24,495 4,554

* Verified by Lloyd’s Register International (Thailand) Limited
** Verified by Center of Excellence on Environmental Strategy for Green Business Kasetsart University

To move towards Net Zero emission in the long run, Thai Wah has been managed to reduce GHG emissions through 3T Strategies:

  • Traceability: Being able to identify and reduce carbon emissions along on whole value chain, key factors right now include NPK source, method and fertilization at farm level, diesel oil trucks and tractors as well as global ocean freight.
  • Transition: Transition for all our factory production systems to be carbon-neutral by 2030 with the implementation of renewable energy: solar energy (solar rooftop), biogas (biogas power plant from production waste), minimize coal and diesel oil, and also try to be carbon negative by planting more trees, or regenerative agriculture.
  • Transformation: Putting our customers at the core of our sustainability and innovation strategy, for example, help them use more plant-based ingredients instead of meat, select chemical-free starch (waxy), improve their packaging solutions to bioplastics, and develop new innovation like biofertilizers, bio-packaging.

The Company installed 1 MW Solar Rooftop Phase I at Vermicelli Factory, Banglen, Nakorn Pathom, in 2019, under the concept of energy conservation and intention to share with other factories an awareness on fossil fuel energy reduction. Solar Roof system converts solar energy into clean and inexhaustible power supply. This is in a bid to promote the use of alternative energy for utmost interest of the Company's plants and nearby communities. In 2021, the Company has expanded Solar Rooftop Phase II with 1.44 MW to increase the electricity produced from renewable sources which is estimated to be COD in March 2022. In addition, the Company plans to invest in a solar rooftop project at one more tapioca starch factory.

2019 2020 2021 Target 2022 3 Years Target
Electricity Generated by Solar Rooftop (kWh) 589 1,405 3,400 6,600 16,800
Electricity Generated by Solar Rooftop (million baht)* 2.13 5.08 12.3 23.9 60.8

* Calculated at the electricity rate of 3.62 baht/kWh

The Company attaches importance to the water risk assessment with a determination to manage water sustainably (including the usage of water from water resources, recycling water, and reusing water) through the water management policies and strategies, which complies with the law and environmental regulations. There is regular communication/coordination with local regulators/water suppliers to monitor the situation and mitigation measures, as well as using water responsibly. This also includes monitoring the water consumption, measuring the amount and our water discharge regularly while considering the impacts that might occur towards the surrounding environment with the aim to improve efficiency, which has the annual assessment. Due to a large amount of water used in the production process, the Company is aware of the necessity of deciding the necessary infrastructure risk management measures along with promoting the reduction of water usage and the development of efficient water consumption.