Energy Management and the Response to Climate Change

Climate change is a natural cyclic change in the earth for tens of millions of years. However, the greenhouse gases generated by human activities since the Industrial Revolution were released into the atmosphere in large quantities and rapidly, leading to an increase in the global average temperature and a serious impact on the climate system. The impact of climate change will change the rainfall, endanger the ecosystem, and cause the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events to increase, thus affecting human economic, social and living environment.

"Mitigation" and "Adaptation" are the positive actions taken by governments and enterprises globally in response to climate change at this stage. "Mitigation" refers to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and thus leading to the gradual easing of changes in climate change. "Adaptation" refers to the possible impacts in the climate and thus planning and implementing adjustment measures and actions to adapt to a challenging new environment.

ASUS is not in energy-intensive industry and thus will not face the immediate impact caused by greenhouse gas reductions. However, we have been paying attention to the issue of global warming and have spared no effort in slowing down the greenhouse effect, formulating approaches for mitigation and adaptation.

ASUS supports the Low-Emission Development Strategies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as well as the voluntary commitment of the Copenhagen Accord: Industrial countries will achieve a target to reduce at least 30% of the total greenhouse gas emissions to meet business-as-usual (BAU) by 2020; the Paris Agreement: to control the global warming within 2 degrees Celsius, which is based on the average temperature before the industrial revolution, by 2100, and further control the increase in temperature by less than 1.5℃.

Reduction Target

Consistent energy supply is one of the key factors of sustainable business operation, indicating that optimizing the efficiency of energy usage is an immediate issue to enterprises. Although ASUS is not in an energy intensive industry with most of the energy consumption coming from office administration, we still commit to fulfill our corporate social responsibility. ASUS considers climate change a significant risk requiring immediate response, and has formed a professional team to manage this issue. In 2009, the first stage goal was to achieve 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emission by 2015 relative to 2008. Thanks to the effort of all employees, the goal was achieved in 2010, and further achieved 30% reduction at the end of 2013.

By 2015, we defined the reduction target for the second stage.

ASUS supports the goal of greenhouse gas reduction proposed in the UN Climate Summit, including:

  1. The rise in average global temperature should be controlled to less than 2℃
  2. Global carbon reduction by 50% by 2050

In addition, ASUS spares no effort in reducing the environmental footprint and commits to the following by 2025:

  1. Greenhouse gas emission volume must be reduced by at least 50% (baseline year 2008)
  2. Energy efficiency of major products must be improved by 50% (baseline year 2013)

Mitigation and Adaptation Plan

According to the operation of the organization and energy conservation of products, the mitigation and adaptation plan were formulated to reduce the risks associated with climate change.

Organization operation

In order to meet the GHG reduction target, ASUS headquarter was certified for ISO 50001 energy management system. We conducted the GHG emission inventory based on "The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, the revised edition", and identified high-energy-consuming hotspots and equipment to improve the energy efficiency, reducing the use of electricity by 1% per year. The certification could be downloaded on SER Management System.

Product energy efficiency:

The improvement on energy-saving of the product is where ASUS would contribute the greatest impacts to global greenhouse gas reduction. We integrate the concept of green design into product development to develop energy e¬fficient software and hardware, as well as to formulate own internal energy standards which are based on Energy Star and are stricter than those of the ordinance. As a result, our products are in line with the global market in advance.

Energy Savings in 2017:

The scope of GHG reduction goal and inventory includes energy used in transportations, in generators, in sewage equipment, and electricity used by ASUS and of Royal Clubs, and was calculated based on GWP (Global Warming Potential) defined in IPCC 2007 AR4. No bio-based fuel was used in 2017. Oversea subsidiaries were mostly sales offices, and were not owned by ASUS, thus we only disclosed the emissions.
Employee business travel: 38,475 passenger-thousandmile, producing 11,081 metric tonnes CO2-e. It slightly increased by 13% compared to 2016.

*Emission factor:0.288 kgCO2/mile, UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting

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