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AUO's G8.5 Fab in Houli Garners World's First LEED Platinum Certification

Thursday, May 19, 2011

AUO's G8.5 Fab in Houli Garners World's First LEED Platinum Certification04:18 EDT Thursday, May 19, 2011HSINCHU, Taiwan, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ --AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) announced today that its G8.5 fab located in Houli of Central Taiwan Science Park has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum Certification by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), becoming the world's first LEED Platinum-certified TFT-LCD plant. Following the recognition of the LEED Gold certifications of its first G8.5 fab in Taichung of Central Taiwan Science Park and the solar module plant in Tianjin, China, AUO's persistence in promoting the concept of green and energy-saving designs from the source stage of fab construction has brought its innovative green competitiveness to the next level and garnered the ultimate acknowledgement for green buildings.AUO's G8.5 fab in Houli is the world's only LEED Platinum-certified plant, and also the largest green fab in the world. Currently, most LEED-certified buildings are commercial and governmental structures. There are only eight high-tech facilities in the world that have obtained LEED certifications, among which three belong to AUO, including one Platinum and two Gold Certifications."It is our great honor for AUO's G8.5 fab in Houli to be able to stand out as the world's first LEED Platinum-certified high-tech plant," said Paul Peng, AUO's Executive VP of Display Business Operation. "AUO not only obtained full scores in the energy and water efficiencies sectors of the LEED Platinum evaluation, but also scored impressively high in the innovation sector. These outstanding achievements are accredited to our diligent and perseverant team, who thoroughly inspected and studied all energy demands, including site construction, production, facility operation and equipment system in order to discover more possibilities for energy conservation in the fab, and then, with the right attitude of fear-no-change, designed new systems and adjusted manufacturing methods for energy efficiency optimization, bringing AUO to reach a new green pinnacle."Dr. Kuei-Peng Lee, consultant of AUO LEED project and Professor of National Taipei University, observed that any change or adjustment of production in a high-tech facility is liable to chain reactions, and therefore poses potential risks to its owner. However, at AUO the acquired accomplishments were constantly challenged boldly by its members for better and higher green purposes. This is undoubtedly the most remarkable aspect during the evaluation process for the world's first LEED Platinum Certification.To meet the stringent criteria of LEED Platinum Certification, AUO constantly competed against itself for breakthroughs. Compared with ASHRAE 90.1 Standard adopted by LEED, AUO's G8.5 fab in Houli reduced energy consumption by a total of 49.7%, which was 11.7% higher than the other LEED Gold-certified fab of the same generation. AUO continuously devoted itself to the planning and designing of optimized solutions, such as installing "digital electricity and water meters" on an e-platform to increase usage efficiencies; constructing customized dual pressure compressed air systems that could save as much as 40 million kWh of electricity annually when compared with single pressure air systems; and employing optimized energy-saving systems with the industry's highest efficiency air conditioning units to replace uniform energy-saving scheme.In addition to energy-saving of the fab, AUO has been proactive in planting trees to reduce carbon emissions. The Company has planted over 34,000 trees in the Houli site; high-efficiency, mercury-free LED lights are widely used in the fab area; green and carpool parking spaces and exclusive bike spaces are offered; on the dormitory rooftop of the Houli site, 30kW solar panels are installed to support a portion of power demand, with its annual electricity generated sufficient to supply around 320 households. When benchmarked against LEED scales, it is estimated that around 600 million kWh of electricity will be saved each year with the implementation of all the energy-saving measures, and 400 thousand tons of carbon emissions reduced, the equivalent effect of the afforestation of around 100 New York City's Central Park.For water resources management, AUO's fab in Houli boasts a high water recovery rate of 90%; rainwater collected in the 600-ton tank from the fab rooftop and water from the condensation of air conditioning systems provide water for plants; and toilets also function with 100% recycled water.  It is estimated that 13 million tons of fresh tap water can be saved annually, enough to fill 6,500 standard swimming pools. Aside from the recycle systems, water inter-use system (WIS) is also designed so that water could be circulated among different equipments without having to recycle first.  Approximately 300 thousand tons of fresh tap water can be saved annually which is equivalent to the capacity of around 150 standard swimming pools.As a green global citizen, AUO will continue to operate on a sustainable basis and apply the LEED model to all its future facilities. It is hoped that through experience sharing on designs from the source stage and collaboration with the supply chain and clients, a wondrous visual world could be revealed before the consumers while preserving the beauty and nature of the Earth.AUO photos can be downloaded at the Company's website:http://auo.com/?sn=479&lang=en-USAny use of photographs must cite the source thereof is from AU Optronics CorporationAbout LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.About AU OptronicsAU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is a global leader of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers with a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 71 inches. AUO generated NT$467.2 billion in sales revenue in 2010 (US$16 billion) and now houses a staff of more than 42,000 employees, with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in late 2008. The Display and Solar businesses were established respectively as the Company's two core businesses in October, 2010. For more information, please visit AUO.com.* 2010 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD29.14:USD1.Safe Harbour Notice AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on May 3rd, 2011.SOURCE AU Optronics CorporationFor further information: Freda Lee, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp. ,Tel: +886-3-5008800 ext 3206, Fax: +886-3-5772730, freda.lee@auo.com or Yawen Hsiao, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp., +886-3-5008800 ext 3211, +886-3-5772730, yawen.hsiao@auo.com