Thu, 25 Jan 2018

CAL Park Awarded Diamond-rated Green Building

China Airlines' headquarters at CAL Park in Taiwan has been awarded the Diamond-rated green building label by the Ministry of the Interior for 2017.

 As part of its corporate environmental sustainability initiative, China Airlines introduced an innovative 'Elevator Energy Regenerative Unit (EERU)' in 2017 Q4 along with other energy-saving initiatives to reduce electricity consumption by 8670 kWh in one quarter.

 Total power savings for the year of 2017 amounted to approximately 23,000 kWh, the equivalent of a home air-conditioner with Grade 1 energy label running for 9 consecutive years.

For 2018, China Airlines plans to strengthen its management of waste and water resources and apply for the CAL Park Training Center's green building label.

The CAL Park was completed in 2010 and incorporates many energy-efficiency and environmental protection concepts. Green designs feature such as water-saving, energy-efficient air-conditioning, energy-efficient lighting, site optimization, low-emissivity glass and sun-shades were adopted to comply with Taiwan's green building certification system (EEWH).

 Compliance with the four key indicators of greenery, soil water retention, daily energy saving and water resources led to the Green Building Candidate Certificate being granted. The headquarters building of China Airlines at CAL Park went on to secure a Diamond-rated green building label of EEWH-RN (Renovation) from the Ministry of the Interior.

China Airlines has progressively introduced ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards, set up an environmental management system (EMS) and energy management system (EnMS), and actively implemented a total of 33 energy-saving initiatives including: Independent switches for office lighting, LED replacement of 24-hour T5 and 50W halogen lights, addition of energy-saving fans and stand-alone variable frequency air-conditioning systems, replacement of after-hours and weekend cooling units, cover plates for indoor AC thermostats and lighting switches.

 Statistics indicate that annual electricity consumption has declined dramatically from 15.33 million kWh in 2011 to 12.88 million kWh in 2016, representing a significant 16% reduction in electricity consumption.

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