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AUO displays green power by joining Earth Hour on Mar 26
Press release, March 25; Yvonne Yu, DIGITIMES [Friday 25 March 2011]

AU Optronics (AUO) will be joining Earth Hour, organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), along with 128 countries. From 8:30-9:30 pm on March 26, all office lights will be turned off. The company's 42,000 employees worldwide are also encouraged to join this event with their families and friends. It is estimated that around 6,000 kWh of electricity will be saved in one hour, approximately the consumption amount of one Taiwanese household for 1.5 years. AUO will practice to be even greener by turning off the lights for one hour every day from now on.

In view of the excessive carbon emissions around the world that have caused climate change and posed threats to human survival, WWF conceived Earth Hour to encourage individuals, communities, companies and governments to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour on the last Saturday of March annually. It is hoped that more awareness could be raised towards the need to take action. Taiwan is collaborating with WWF for the first time this year, joining this global initiative. As a green, global citizen, AUO has decided to participate in Earth Hour with no hesitation.

On March 26, AUO will turn off all office and dormitory lights in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, the US, and Europe for one hour. The company's 42,000 employees worldwide are also invited to join this event with their families. An estimated 6,000 kWh of electricity will be saved by the 42,000 households in one hour, approximately the consumption amount of one Taiwanese household for 1.5 years. In addition, AUO will continue to turn off the lights at noon every day from now on, and encourage its employees to adopt greener practices. The measures include: providing exclusive parking space for car-pool employees, reminding employees to examine and reduce their own carbon footprints every day, replacing paper cups with mugs, offering and encouraging vegetarian diet every Monday, purchasing locally grown fruits and vegetables to reduce food miles, and organizing charity events to send used goods to nonprofit and charity groups.

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