Addressing the impact of climate change is a critical issue that requires immediate attention. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the building sector, the government actively promotes the use of high performance, energy efficient lighting to reduce electricity consumption and reduce carbon emissions. For example, white LED tubes contain a type of compound semiconductor that has relatively low power consumption (about 1/2 of a traditional tube), and it does not contain toxic elements and therefore, is easily disposed without causing harm to the environment. LED tubes also has a longer lifespan than traditional tubes (about 10 times longer).
Many elementary school and junior high school classrooms in Taiwan are still using traditional tubes, which often flicker, become dimmer, or cause glare over time. If the lights are not changed regularly, students run the risk of deteriorating vision.
Poor lighting in classrooms often lower students’ concentration in class and reduce the quality of their learning environment. In the long run, we may find students slacking in their focus and affecting their ability to excel.
In 2014, ASE committed to contribute NT$100 million per year to environmental conservation in Taiwan for 30 years. The "Campus LED Lighting Project" is one of the long-term initiatives under the umbrella of the environmental conservation fund. The key purpose of the project is to help schools replace aged lighting and care for students’ vision. Since 2014, ASE has helped replaced and installed LED lightings in schools in the Kaohsiung and Nantou region. ASE subsequently expanded the LED lighting project to include elementary schools and junior high schools in rural regions.
By the end of 2016, ASE has achieved the following milestones:
The ASE "Campus LED Lighting Project" encompasses the donation of LED lights to schools and included the front-end survey of the school’s needs, procurement, application and installation, as well as the maintenance and warranty of the lights. We hope to provide the best teaching experience in an LED environment for schools through our complete service programs.
In order to further understand the social benefits and the positive changes brought to stakeholders by the "Campus LED Lighting Project", ASE commissioned KPMG Sustainability Consulting Co. in 2017 to assist in evaluating the Social Return on Investment (SROI).
The key stakeholders involved in the "Campus LED Lighting Project" are ASE (including employees from corporate and site levels), beneficiary schools (including teachers and students), and LED lighting contractors. Other stakeholders are not included in the analysis either because of their low-involvement in the projects, or they are indirect beneficiaries. The major inputs of projects include the costs of LED tubes and installation, as well as the participants’ input and marketing expenses, etc. The main impacts for ASE are enhancing organizational recognition for ASE’s participants, maintaining community relationships, and enhancing corporate image. Other positive impacts are observed on energy saving, children's eyesight, teaching quality, and local employment, etc. During the overall assessing process, a total of 14 people (inside or outside of ASE) were interviewed so as to explore the degree of changes that stakeholders have made by the LED program, and also to grasp the most direct feedback.
“Teachers had worried about flicker, dimming, or glare from aged traditional tubes. After replacing the ones with LED tubes, the situation dramatically improved – brighter, no more glare, and not so much heat. The difference of temperature and brightness are obviously felt,” said a school teacher.
“After Installing LED tubes, the concentration level of students improved, and the atmosphere in the classroom became more comfortable,” said a school teacher.