Usage of Water Resources
Water is an indispensable key factor for Oneness Biotech’s operations, from the planting of raw materials, water usage for the production process, to R&D experiments, which all require stable water resources. After taking inventory, the Oneness Biotech locations are all located in the low water supply risk areas, and there is no immediate risk of water shortage. In order to tackle the potential water shortage challenges in the future, we are committed to promoting excellent water resource management. This includes water recycling and strict drainage water treatment measures.
Water Consumption Volume (unit: M3)
Note: All withdrawal is from fresh water. According to the WRI data, Taiwan is categorized as a low-medium (1-2) area in the Baseline Water Stress Map.
Nanchou Plant started trial operations in 2019, and entered into mass production in 2020, resulting in the increase in water consumption. In order to further improve the efficiency of water usage, Oneness Biotech plans to introduce a water resource recycling project that is expected to recycle the wastewater generated by the reverse osmosis (RO) system and effectively reduce water consumption. The building management unit of Nangang Laboratory was unable to provide information on water charges, and Cotton Field Organic Farm uses groundwater which has not been tallied the consumption. Both were not included in the statistics.
Water Pollution Prevention and Control
In order to mitigate the potential environmental impact of the operations, the wastewater treatment of Oneness Biotech complies with the requirements of environmental laws and regulations. Wastewater from the Xinyi and Nangang locations is discharged into municipal sewages for treatment, and Cotton Field Organic Farm's wastewater is discharged into local channels. Nanchou Plant operates in a higher standard than the legal requirements, and a third-party impartial unit is commissioned to test whether the discharged water meets the legal discharge standards every 6 months. Meanwhile, Oneness Biotech understands that the area around Nanchou Plant contains a large amount of farmland. In order to let stakeholders understand the quality of the discharged water, Oneness Biotech actively conducts sampling and analysis of the discharged water quality on a “daily” basis. The data obtained is all in line with the discharged water standards and is publicly disclosed on the official website of Oneness Biotech.
Wastewater Volume (unit: M3)
2023 Self-Testing of Effluent Quality
Water Resource and Bio-diversity
It has been determined upon assessments conducted with the aid of Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) that the Nanchou Plant is not located in an environmentally sensitive area with no environmental protection areas, nature reserve areas, or major wildlife habitats within a radius of 10 kilometers. Therefore, it will not have a direct impact on biodiversity.
More, Oneness Biotech recognizes that water and biodiversity are closely related and are also necessary factors for the ecosystem. Since the Nanchou Plant discharges water into the receiving water body - Donggang River, Oneness Biotech conducts water resource management as a priority measure to avoid indirectly impacting the ecology of Donggang River and maintain biodiversity around the plant.
Oneness Biotech conducts waste and sewage treatment in high standards. The FESPIXON® cream produced by the Nanchou Plant is herbal drug, and no heavy metals or harmful chemical substances are included in the production process. Pollutants are prevented from entering the discharged water from the source. The use of the Upflow anaerobic sludge bed treatment (UASB) and the BioNET systems developed and designed by ITRI allows wastewater to be treated by biological methods to reduce the use of chemicals, and achieves the goal of zero impact on natural water bodies.
Cotton Field Organic is not located in an environmentally sensitive area. There are no environmental protection areas or reserves within 10km of its location. As organic farming approaches are adopted and the area is rich in biodiversity, sightings of ring-necked pheasants (CR on the Red List) have been reported. This shows that the farm’s organic farming has posed a positive impact on local biodiversity. In an effort to protect local biodiversity, we will continue to manage the farm in an environmentally friendly manner.
※The above content is taken from the ESG Report