Steel and cement companies, as well as listed companies whose paid-in capital is higher than NT$10 billion (US$361.69 million) must from next year reveal their greenhouse gas emissions in annual reports, the Financial Supervisory Commission said yesterday.
The 163 companies that fulfill the criteria include Taiwan Cement Corp (台灣水泥), China Steel Corp (中鋼), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) and ASE Technology Holding Co (日月光投控), Securities and Futures Bureau Deputy Director Sam Chang (張振山) told a news conference in New Taipei City.
The new regulations would require them to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and power consumption, Chang said, adding that the information would be audited by third-party institutions.
“This new rule is intended to help companies prepare for emissions reduction, as the Environmental Protection Administration [EPA] is planning to bolster its regulations of emissions next year,” Chang said.
The EPA is planning to draw up a carbon pricing mechanism to reach the nation’s net-zero emissions target for 2050 in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act (溫室氣體減量及管理法) and rename it the climate change act.
The agency is planning to start by charging businesses that emit more than 25,000 tonnes of carbon per year, which would account for 80 percent of Taiwan’s total carbon emissions.
Chang said that 101 companies with paid-in capital of NT$5 billion to NT$10 billion would need to disclose their emissions in 2025, and 1,482 companies with paid-in capital of less than NT$5 billion would have to begin annual disclosures in 2026.
The commission would ask the Taiwan Stock Exchange to establish a database for companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, and assess their performance, he said.
“More foreign institutional investors are interested in local companies with good ESG performance,” an exchange official said yesterday.
MediaTek Inc (聯發科), the world’s biggest 5G chip supplier, saw its ranking rise by one notch to No. 7 last year among world semiconductor vendors, as it benefited from the rapid 5G smartphone uptake in China after Huawei Technologies Co (華為) was forced to exit the market, Gartner Inc said in a report yesterday. MediaTek’s revenue soared 58.8 percent to US$17.45 billion last year from US$10.99 billion in 2020, outpacing the global semiconductor industry’s growth of 25 percent, according to Gartner’s tally. That gave MediaTek a 3 percent market share. The Hsinchu-based chip company ranked No. 8 in 2020, behind Texas Instruments
Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp (高端疫苗) yesterday reported higher neutralizing antibody levels in people who were given its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster after two AstraZeneca doses, the company said. In a trial of 200 participants who received Medigen’s COVID-19 vaccine, neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 grew by 5.7 times one month after being administered, Taoyuan General Hospital said. Medigen said that the results have been submitted to medRxiv, an online platform for researchers to share complete but unpublished papers. Another trial conducted by National Taiwan University Hospital showed that among 45 participants who received three doses of the Medigen vaccine,
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Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd (怡和洋行), a diversified Asia-based group whose businesses span property, transport, retail and luxury hotels, is considering strategic options for its restaurant unit, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Singapore-traded conglomerate is weighing a sale of Jardine Restaurant Group (怡和餐飲集團), a wholly owned subsidiary that operates KFC and Pizza Hut franchises in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Vietnam, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. The subsidiary also runs Pizza Hut restaurants in Myanmar, according to its Web site. Jardine Matheson has held preliminary discussions with advisers, the people said, adding