The development of offshore wind farms (OWF) has been designed to complement the Taiwan’s energy diversification plan and contributes to the Government's goals toward greenhouse gas reduction, low-carbon energy sources, and green industries. In support of Taiwan Government's renewable energy policies, Yunneng Wind Power Co., Ltd. (referred to as the Company below) has planned the development of Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm Project (referred to as the Project below) as a solution to reducing Taiwan's dependency upon a single energy source.
With its Code of Conduct, the Company has committed itself to a high level of social responsibility. All ethical and legal requirements applicable to the Company in the performance of its activities shall be complied with. Essential aspects to which the Company wishes to draw a special attention as working conditions and health and safety are already part of this voluntary commitment. This voluntary commitment also includes the protection of the environment and to take care for the people who participate in the Project in different ways. In view of the particular challenges the Project operates, the Company makes a separate commitment to environmental and social issues.
The Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy Statement (referred to as the “Policy Statement”) is established in order to ensure the environmental and social sustainability of the Project.
This Policy Statement has been approved by the Company’s Member of the Board of Directors, Yuni Wang and Huien Liao on 12th November 2019.
2.Statement of Purpose and Scope
Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm locates off the coast of Sihu and Kouhu Townships of Yunlin County, Taiwan. The area of the wind farm is approximately 82 km2 and the distance to shore is approximately 8-17 km. The water depth is approximately between 10-35 m. The overall wind farm is at least 3,000 m from the proposed Major Wildlife Habitat of Taiwanese White Dolphin. It is also away from the shipping channels and relevant development plans. The wind farm consists of eighty (80) wind turbine generators (WTGs) of the model SG 8.0-167. The total installed capacity is 640 MW and it is connected directly to two onshore substations via two landfalls.
Eighty WTGs will be connected to two self-built onshore substations through two export cable corridors with six export cables each. There will be an equal allocation of 40 WTGs for the northern substation (and export cable corridor) and 40 WTGs for the southern one. The power voltage will be step-up to 161kV and all electricity generated will be connected through 161kV land cables laid underground to TPC’s (Taiwan Power Company) existing substations located in Taixi and Sihu Townships respectively.
The activities this Project involves include:
- Surveys and monitoring before, during, and after construction period;
- Onshore transportation and construction;
- Offshore transportation and construction; and
- Operation and maintenance.
This Policy Statement is formulated based on the Project’s scope, activities, and impacts defined in the Project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report and covers the environmental and social dimensions of the Project’s sustainable development.
3.Commitments to Environmental and Social Sustainability
The Company hereby expressly undertakes to comply with the following requirements in order to fulfil the objectives mentioned in the Code of Conduct in general.
The Company commits to comply with applicable local environmental and social legislation and international requirements such as Equator Principle (EP), International Finance Corporation Performance Standards (IFC PS) and World Bank Group (WBG) Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines.
The Company also commits to comply with the applicable laws and national regulation:
- Environmental Impact Assessment Act
- Environmental Impact Assessment Enforcement Rules
- Regulations Governing Environmental Impact Assessments for Development Activities
- Coastal Zone Management Act
- Coastal Zone Management Enforcement Rules
- Waste Disposal Act
- Waste Disposal Act Enforcement Rules
- Water Pollution Control Act
- Water Pollution Control Act Enforcement Rules
- Noise Control Act
- Noise Control Act Enforcement Rules
- Air Pollution Control Act
- Management Regulations for Construction Project Air Pollution Control Facilities
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Enforcement Rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Facility Rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Management Rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Rules
- Occupational Safety and Health Marking Guideline
- Labour Health Protection Rules
- Safety Standard of Machinery and Equipment
- Safety Rules of Lifting Machineries
- Labour Safety Rules for High Pressure Gas
- Construction Safety and Sanitation Standards
- Regulations for Safety Inspection of Hazardous Machines and Equipment
- Regulations for Safety Inspection of Existing Hazardous Machines and Equipment
- Structure Standards for Fixed Crane Safety Inspection
- Structure Standards for Mobile Crane Safety Inspection
- Safety Inspection Standards for Lifting Machineries
- Safety and Health Facility for Dock Loading and Unloading Regulation
- Standards of Protection Measures for Labor Work at Height
- Structure Standards for Gondola Safety Inspection
- Prevention Standards for Abnormal Pressure Hazards
- Act for Protecting Worker of Occupational Accidents
- Enforcement Rules of Protection for workers Incurring Occupational Accidents Act
- Occupational Disaster Prevention and Compensation Measures
- Labour Inspection Act
- Enforcement Rules of the Labour Inspection Act
- Definition of the potential of imminent danger to the labours prescribed in Article 28 of the Labour Inspection Law
- OSHA Offshore Wind Farm Operation Safety Guideline
- Fisheries Act
- The Fishermen Association Act
- Fishery Compensation Basis for Offshore Wind Farm
- National Property Act
- Regulations on Real Estate Appraisal
- Land Expropriation Act
- Regulations Governing the Use and Supervision of Power Development Assistance Fund
Furthermore, the Company commits to comply with:
- Applicable treaties mentioned in the local Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report;
- Wood’s Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD);
- The Project’s Code of Conduct; and
- The Project’s executed Common Term Agreement (CTA).
Further commitments of the Company:
- The Company commits to publish the Project’s ESIA Report on the Project’s website.
- The Company commits that all the activities of the Project follow the Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Plan of the Project.
- The Company commits to be proactive in environmental and ecological education to increase the environmental and ecological awareness of the society.
- The Company commits to implement the Project’s Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) firmly and update the SEP according to the actual situation regularly.
- The Company commits to execute the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP) firmly to keep the sustainable living of Project Affected People.
- The Company commits to support local community depending on their actual needs.
- The Company commits to follow the offshore and onshore traffic management plans of the Project to ensure safety of existing users.
4.Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation
The management of the Company commits to fulfil the abovementioned commitments and is responsible for the preparation and development of the relevant documents. Therefore, the Company has developed a compliance management system for the protection of the environment and social matters to implement the voluntary commitments of this Policy Statement in its daily processes. According to the requirements of the system, the Company implement further documents and mechanism to review their system and documents, control the compliance with the relevant regulation and the aforementioned commitments and to report the results.
Any revision of the Policy Statement must be approved by the Company’s Member of the Board of Directors.
5.Public Information and Disclosure
Disclosing and communicating the Policy Statement to all employees, suppliers, contractors, visitors, and other interested parties of the Project is a way to ensure the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of the commitments of the Policy Statement. The Company shall announce the Policy Statement next to the Code of Conduct on the Project’s website for easy access of stakeholders and general public. The Company shall also communicate the Policy Statement with all employees, suppliers, and contractors in the form of written letter/email to ensure the Policy Statement is disclosed to all of them.
Taipei, November 13, 2019
Directors of Yunneng Wind Power Co., Ltd.