Hanwha Corporation is growing faster than ever as a global company now, with endless innovations and growth in both business and technology. We proudly introduce you to the present and the future of Hanwha corporation, which continues our journey towards a more sustainable future.
CEO Yang Kiwon
2022 GROUP SAFETY &
ENVIRONMENT LEADING COMPANY
2026 GLOBAL SAFETY &
ENVIRONMENT LEADING COMPANY
Safe and Healthy life to Everyone, Everywhere!
Beneficial to our Environment and the Community!
Hanwha Corporation has been selected as the target management company for the trading system since June 2012. Selected as allocated companies, Yeosu and Onsan plants have been participating in the emission trading system.
Starting in 2021, the third planning period for the emission trading system, the scope of allocated companies expanded to all business sites of Hanwha Corporation, further increasing the importance of accurate emission predictions and supply management. Accordingly, we are working even harder to limit our greenhouse gas emissions with our efforts such as making adjustments in the manufacturing process and installing additional solar panels.
The ‘N2O Emission Reduction’ of the Global Division’s Onsan plant has been certified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) business and has been in operation since 2007. The business secures certified emission reductions(CER) based on reduction performance with the reduction business that removes N2O, a greenhouse gas that is generated in the manufacturing process of nitrate, at the reduction facilities. Based on our domestically certified emission reduction performance, we have reduced a total of 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, we secured additional CERs through about 300,000 tons of reductions. In 2021, we will install N2O reduction facilities in the new nitrate plant, the expansion of which has been decided in 2021, and will continue our pursuit of greenhouse gas reduction activities.
Furthermore, the Defense Division increased the efficiency of its boilers by establishing a waste boiler heat recovery system in the Yeosu plant. This was recognized as an internal reduction performance by K-ETS and enabled the Defense Division to reduce an annual average of 517 tons of greenhouse gases. The reduction of greenhouse gases will be used as CERs for the third greenhouse gas emission plan.
2020 was a year of continued crises and difficulties due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. Hanwha Corporation established and implemented response strategies to overcome the pandemic quickly and systematically and to provide a safe and healthy environment for all employees and on-site personnel. In addition, we are striving to overcome the global pandemic hand in hand with our executives and employees as well as various stakeholders, including our suppliers and local communities, and lay the foundation for coexistence in a safe society.
|Establishment of an
emergency response system
activities in the workplace
|Support through provision
of protective equipment
|Support for symptomatic
|Protection management at
|Support for a safe working
|Support towards the safety
and health of suppliers
Hanwha Corporation donated various hygiene products and protective equipment to safeguard the local community from the risk of COVID-19 infection and to promote the safety and health of the local community. In February 2020, we provided protective equipment, including 150,000 masks, for vulnerable populations and medical professionals in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do where COVID-19 was rapidly spreading. In March 2020, we donated funds for overcoming COVID-19 to families of veterans, such as Persons of National Merit. During winter, when COVID-19 and influenza prevailed at the same time, we assumed our responsibility in securing the safety of the local community as a topmost priority in the face of social and economic crises by producing and delivering personal hygiene kits to 10,000 households from vulnerable populations.
Hanwha Corporation upholds maintaining the health and safety of all our employees as the root and primary principle for achieving our ESH management vision and operates a variety of health management and promotion programs for all our employees.
|Health Checkups in 2020 (Unit: persons)|
Hanwha Corporation endeavors to protect our employees and workers from harmful factors and to provide a safe and pleasant work environment. For all harmful factors, we collect the MSDS and provide the information to our employees and closely monitor the health of staff who are exposed to specific harmful factors by conducting special checkups.
In addition, we measure and manage the work environment and exposure to harmful factors by establishing internal standards that are stronger than the legal standards in order to provide a safer working environment to our employees. Through these efforts, we achieved 'ZERO' Occupational Illness Frequency Rate(OIFR) in all our business divisions for the past three years.
Hanwha Corporation has developed a Safety Climate measurement program to establish a more mature safety culture. We measure Hanwha Corporation’s overall Safety Climate level as well as strengths and weaknesses of each specific indicator and establish effective safety culture strategies that are optimized for our organization.
Hanwha Corporation designates a cycle for each plant and implements a 'Safety Day' participated by all employees. On 'Safety Day', the plants share information on the importance of safety and raise awareness by suspending all production in the plants, sharing their on-site improvement activities, such as various safety-related education and training sessions, intensive inspection activities, and small group safety improvement meetings, sharing results and feedback, and concentrating only on safety and health activities.
Hanwha Corporation conducts various activities to minimize the generation of air pollutants such as total hydrocarbons (THC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) which are the principal sources of fine dust.
As a means to reduce the emission of air pollutants, we invested in new preventive facilities, including improvement of existing air pollution prevention facilities, installation of SCR (Selective Catalyst Reduction) in the manufacturing processes, replacement of boiler burners (low-NOx burners), and installation of air pollutant prevention equipment at the rear of the organic solvent storage tank.
Furthermore, we have implemented and are operating the 'ESHG (Environment Safety Health Greenhouse-Gas) System', which is our internal environmental management system, to accurately monitor air pollutants. Through these efforts, Hanwha Corporation currently manages the emission levels of air pollutants at 50% or less compared to legal standards and plans to develop and apply a new ESHG program to establish a more sustainable environmental management system.
Hanwha Corporation is continuously monitoring and investing in facilities for sustainable water resource management. We gain trust in our pipes by conducting periodic leak detections for water and wastewater pipes buried within the company. We have also expanded and installed new facilities for water conservation.
In the case of Yeosu Plant of the Defense Division, we minimized the discharge of pollutants by establishing a water pollutant (NO3, COD, SS, pH, etc.) and water nlet/discharge new monitoring system for the total nitrogen treatment plant, and prevent risks of water contamination beforehand.
Hanwha Corporation recognizes the gravity of resource depletion and environmental problems caused by waste and strives to transition to a circular economy that uses resources efficiently.
We aim to minimize generation of waste in our business and production processes, maximize resource efficiency by establishing a resource circulation process that recycles inevitable waste as much as possible, and minimize the environmental impact of waste.
Waste Management Hanwha Corporation minimizes the amount of waste generated by managing waste sources and promotes eco-friendly management activities by thoroughly separating generated waste and maximizing recycling. The entire process of tracking, managing, and treating generated waste is monitored through the government’s ‘Allbaro System’, and the collected data is analyzed to come up with measures to reduce the amount of waste generated and to make improvements in management. Additionally, we introduced a real-name policy for waste management to encourage all employees to be more responsible in disposing and recycling waste. Based on these efforts, the Yeosu Plant of the Defense Division received a commendation from the Minister of Environment for four resource recycling and waste reduction activities, including the reuse of ethanol byproducts as carbon sources for wastewater treatment.
Development of Plastic Waste Recycling Facility The Momentum Division working on new technologies to recycle plastic waste, one of the main culprits of environmental pollution. We are dedicated to create a greener ecosystem that recycles plastic through consistent R&D activities such as extracting oil through pyrolysis and reusing it as fuel.
Boeun Plant of the Global Division has signed a voluntary fine dust reduction project agreement with Geumgang Basin Environment Agency and manages fine dust generated at plant by applying standards that are stricter than the permissible emission standards. In addition, the Daejeon Plant of the Defense Division is also implementing the 'Voluntary Reduction Agreement for Fine Dust Reduction'. As a leading green company, Hanwha Corporation will continue to protect the environment of local communities.
Based on our drive to realize eco-friendly management, Hanwha Yeosu Plant of the Defense Division created an eco-friendly plant which minimizes environmental impact to come within 10% of the average emission unit of the industry in air pollutant emission, water pollutant emission, and waste generation by establishing, implementing, and continuously improving ESH management plans. In addition, in order to reduce the environmental load throughout the entire production process, we established a byproduct reuse system with the mindset that waste is another resource and actively promoted activities to reduce the amount of waste generated and raw materials consumed. We received a commendation from the Minister of Environment in 2016 and have been continuously maintaining and improving the virtuous resource circulation system ever since.
Best Practice 1
Conceived from the idea that methanol is used as an external carbon source in the denitrification process of wastewater treatment, we reuse 50% of the ethanol by-product generated in the dehydration process as a wastewater treatment chemical, whereby we are able to achieve two positive effects of suppressing the generation of ethanol byproduct wastes and reducing the use of methanol, a toxic substance prone to accidents.
Best Practice 2
Conceived from the idea that sulfuric acid is used to neutralize pH increased in the denitrification process of the wastewater treatment facility, we reuse the by-products of dilute sulfuric acid (70%) as a wastewater treatment chemical, whereby we are able to reduce generated waste alongside the economic effect of reduced cost of separately purchasing concentrated sulfuric acid.
Best Practice 3
When we operated the wastewater treatment facility for the process separately from the wastewater treatment facility within the plant, we came across the problem of both process sludge and organic wastewater sludge generating together. In order to improve the efficiency of sludge coagulation and dewatering, we integrated the treatment for process wastewater and industrial wastewater. As a result, we were able to reduce the generation of inorganic sludge to zero, and reduce the purchase cost of coagulant aids and increase ewatering efficiency by integrating the treatment of wastewater containing large amounts of coagulants.
Best Practice 4
In order to improve the shortcoming that the filter plate of the dehydrator is frequently deformed, whereby lowering efficiency in dewatering the sludge, we switched to a material with higher elasticity that can withstand higher dewatering pressure than the existing material. Changing the material of the filter plate resulted in elongation of the filter plate’s lifespan, and we were able to reduce not only the generation of organic wastewater sludge due to the decrease in moisture content of the wastewater sludge, but also the generation of filter plate waste.
|Total GHG emissions
(Scope 1 + Scope 2)
|Direct emissions (Scope 1)||15,749||24,553||20,368|
|Indirect emissions (Scope 2)||45,102||40,269||43,895|
|GHG emission intensity (based on nonconsolidated sales1)||tCO₂-eq/
KRW 100 million
|Other indirect emissions (Scope 3)2)||tCO₂-eq||N/A||3,912,742||4,236,881|
|Reduction of GHG emissions3)||Clean Development Mechanism
(CDM)-related emission reduction
1) GHG emission intensity is calculated based on nonconsolidated sales, which is based on the three business divisions(Global•Momentum•E&C) in 2022.
2) Scope 3 emissions data in 2019 was not calculated and the data in 2020 was marked as not applicable due to the unavailibility of excluding Defense division data before the business reorganization.
3) CDM related emission reduction and external emission reduction are based on the year when Hanwha Corporation obtained a KOC(Korea Offset Credits) certificate.
|Total energy consumption1)||TJ||974||800||912|
|Non-renewable energy consumption||Direct energy consumption||214||201||212|
|Indirect energy consumption||927||766||912|
|Renewable energy consumption2)||Total consumption||MWh||18.25||18.25||18.25|
(based on nonconsolidated sales3)
KRW 100 million
1) Total energy consumption = non-renewable direct energy consumption + non-renewable indirect energy consumption + renewable energy consumption - energy sold.
2) Self-generation through PV generation.
3) Consumption intensity is calculated based on nonconsolidated sales, which is based on the business divisions(Global•Momentum•E&C) in 2022.
|Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions||Ton||5.03||5.04||8.44|
|Sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions||0.03||0.01||0.00|
1) Air pollutants only applies to Global Division.
|Total Organic Carbon (TOC)||Ton||0.47||0.46||0.10|
|Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)||0.45||0.44||0.50|
|Suspended Solids (SS)||0.37||0.77||1.19|
1) Water pollutants only applies to Global Division.
|Water consumption1)||Total water consumption||Ton||687,293||756,399||1,053,328|
|Amount of wastewater released||36,318||50,270||50,447|
|Amount of wastewater consigned||3,203||2,725||2,920|
1) Freshwater is the only type of water used. Water consumption in 2019-2021 is the combined amount of two divisions(Global·Momentum) and water consumption in 2022 is the combined amount of three divisions(Global·Momentum·E&C).
2) Third party water : Water from municipal water suppliers and wastewater treatment plants, public or private utilities and other organizations involved in the provision, transportation, treatment or use of water and wastewater (ex: public water supply).
|Amount of hazardous chemical substances used||Ton||245,929||149,638||202,228|
1) Hazardous chemical substances only applies to Global division.
|Total waste generation||Ton||261,344.3||288,913.5||424,690.6|
|Amount of recycled waste||13,263.8||9,299.6||13,261.0|
|Cost for waste disposal1)||Ton/KRW 1 million||4.91||5.55||7.02|
1) Cost for waste disposal is calculated based on nonconsolidated sales, which is based on the business divisions(Global•Momentum•E&C) in 2022.
|Total hours of environmental training and education||Hours||5,542||1,450||4,810|
|Number of attendees||Persons||561||461||697|
|Environmental investments||KRW 100 million||8||10||13|
1) Environmental investments and expenditures in 2022 include E&C division and exclude Defense division due to the business reorganization.
|Number of violations of environmental regulations2)||Cases||0||0||1|
|Penalty and fine for noncompliance with environmental regulations||KRW||0||0||3,000,000|
1) The number of violations of environmental regulations and fines in 2023 are based on the business reports, which includes the Defense division, and the combined amount of fines excluding penalties is different from last year's official data.
2) Imposition of fine in Defense division due to a violation of Chemical Substances Control Act.
|Occupational accident rate1)||Direct employees||%||0.02||0||0.02|
|Number of serious accidents2) (Fatalities excluded)||Direct employees||Cases||N/A||N/A||0|
|Lost Time Injury Rate(LTIR)3)||Direct employees|
|Per 1,000,000 hours||-||0.11||0.00||0.09|
|Per 200,000 hours||0.02||0.00||0.02|
|Per 1,000,000 hours||-||3.46||4.54||6.02|
|Per 200,000 hours||0.69||0.91||1.20|
|Occupational Illness Frequency Rate(OIFR)4)||Direct employees|
|Per 1,000,000 hours||-||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Per 200,000 hours||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Per 1,000,000 hours||-||0.74||1.09||0.41|
|Per 200,000 hours||0.15||0.22||0.08|
|Total Recordable Incident Rate(TRIR)5)||Direct employees|
|Per 1,000,000 hours||-||0.11||0.00||0.00|
|Per 200,000 hours||0.02||0.00||0.02|
|Per 1,000,000 hours||-||4.20||5.63||0.00|
|Per 200,000 hours||0.84||1.13||1.29|
1) Occupational accident rate = (number of victims from occupational accidents / number of workers) * 100.
2) Serious accidents which are subject to Serious Accident Punishment Ac.t
3) LTIR = (Number of lost time injuries / total hours worked) * benchmark hours.
4) OIFR =(Number of occupational diseases / total hours worked) * benchmark hours.
5) TRIR = (Number of work-related incidents / total hours worked) * benchmark hours * Benchmark hours: 1,000,000 hours or 200,000 hours.