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Net Zero- Climate Change Response Act - Bio-based Material (Chitosan)

Change Response Policies

In response to the serious impact of climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency of the Executive Yuan proposed to amend the Greenhouse Gas Management Act and rename it the "Climate Change Response Act" (hereinafter referred to as the "Regulations"). The regulation was passed by the Executive Yuan on April 21, 2022, passed the third reading on January 10, 2023, and will be officially implemented on February 15, 2023. Its main features include incorporating the 2050 net-zero emission target, clarifying inter-agency powers and responsibilities, introducing a just transition section, strengthening emission control and incentive mechanisms, and imposing carbon fees on designated objects.
To assess whether businesses are meeting sustainable development goals, the United Nations proposes that global enterprises incorporate the
E-Environmental, S-Social, G-Governance indicators into their operational performance evaluation. This standard aims to shift the focus of businesses from solely financial statements to also consider environmental and social development. As a result, leaders across various industries worldwide have initiated long-term green carbon reduction and net-zero emission plans. This shift has influenced investment strategies, attracting more investors who prioritize social responsibility and environmental conservation, thereby enhancing investment returns.

 Low-Carbon Production Mode
"Low-carbon production mode is a crucial tool for sustainable development, offering triple benefits in economic, social, and environmental aspects. It is essential for achieving global net-zero emission goals by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide.The key dimensions of low-carbon technologies include:

 Alternative raw materials
"The key material in bio-based materials is chitosan, which is a high molecular weight compound extracted from the shells and exoskeletons of marine organisms. Chitosan has a variety of excellent properties, including strong biocompatibility, Excellent regeneration, sustainability and biodegradability. These qualities make chitosan widely used in food, medicine, chemistry, agriculture and other fields, demonstrating its wide range of uses in various fields."

Chitosan is a natural polysaccharide compound widely present in the exoskeletons and shells of crustaceans such as shrimp, crab, and lobster. It possesses excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability, causing no adverse effects on the human body. Therefore, chitosan finds extensive applications across various fields. Its bioactivity includes functions such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, lipid-lowering, and blood glucose reduction. It is utilized in the production of health supplements, beauty products, plant growth regulators, and more. The applications of chitosan continue to expand and innovate. In the future, chitosan is expected to play a significant role, bringing numerous benefits to human health, lifestyle, and the environment.

Certification of Bio-Based Materials by USDA (International Standard ASTM D6866)

This test method proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through the ASTM D6866 international standard is used to determine the percentage of biological components in materials during chemical or combustion processes. Biological components are substances derived from living organisms such as plants, animals, and microorganisms. The test method involves comparing the amount of the carbon-14 isotope in the sample to that of a standard reference material. This comparison allows calculation of the biological content in the sample and thus the sustainability of the product.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an executive department of the federal government responsible for the administration of affairs related to agriculture, forestry, rural economic development, and food.

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Beta Laboratories is the first laboratory in the world to receive ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certification, specializing in radiocarbon dating

 Process Optimization
In the carbon emission reduction production model, process optimization refers to the use of technical means and management practices to improve the production process, aiming to reduce energy resource consumption, minimize pollution emissions, and improve product quality and production capacity utilization. Currently, the country There is a global focus on reducing the release of hazardous chemicals and ensuring the sustainability and transparency of substances that pose significant risks to human health and the environment in the production supply chain. Take process optimization certification as an example (take our chitosan antimicrobial agent For example), raw material testing can refer to ZDHC MRSF/REACH SVHC/bluesign RSL, textile process testing can refer to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 textile ecological requirements, and textile semi-finished/finished products testing can refer to AFIRM RSL for clothing and footwear. In addition, low carbon Production models must consider the environmental and human health aspects of the product, including testing for formaldehyde content. Formaldehyde is a toxic substance and long-term exposure may have serious health effects, including carcinogenesis and respiratory disease. Testing for formaldehyde content in final products ensures Comply with relevant environmental and health standards and enhance product sustainability and market competitiveness.

 Energy Optimization
Choosing clean energy sources such as solar and wind energy with the least carbon emissions, or utilizing renewable energy through waste heat recovery and other methods, can not only reduce energy waste, but also minimize carbon emissions. Establishing an energy management system can ensure efficient monitoring and management , maximize energy efficiency and minimize waste.

Machinery Optimization
Optimize equipment through energy-saving machinery, regular maintenance, and advanced technologies such as smart control and energy-saving lighting. This can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions while ensuring efficient operation and service life of the equipment.