Climate Action

Climate change is a global issue that has profound impacts and presents challenges to humankind and the earth. According to the Global Risks Report that is published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF), over the past decade extreme climate has become the primary threat facing the modern world. Research by Stanford University' indicates that the failure to achieve climate change mitigation goals, as specified in the Paris Agreement under the U.N., may lead to the global economy losing trillions of dollars (USD) by the next century.

“ASUS adopts qualitative and quantitative scenario simulations to analyze the financial exposure of companies under the 2°C Scenario and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, and implements development strategies to launch climate action.”

ASUS supports the goals of the Paris Agreement along with the empirically created targets and solutions. Although we are not in an energy-intensive industry, we persist with a no-re gret policy and seek to influence change across the industry to mitigate climate change. In addition to contributing to the environment and to society through innovation, we have integrated climate action into our operations policies by creating corresponding strategies that address major climate risks and opportunities. We use qualitative and quantitative methods to track progress.

Published Climate Action Report According to Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

ASUS supports the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and discloses governance, strategy, risk management, metrics and targets related to climate change, according to the TCFD framework.

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Analyized Climate Risks with Scenario Simulation

ASUS has adopted the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) and the 2°C Scenario (2DS) to simulate financial risk e xposure and identify the risk of carbon tax and renewable energy and energy-efficiency laws for the supply chain, operations and products. We continue to cooperate with external parties to explore the impacts of extreme weather events.

ASUS Climate Action Targets

The existing carbon reduction targets of ASUS do not truly reflect the long-term strategy of mitigating climate risks, due to operational changes.Therefore, based on analysis of scenario simulations and the scientifically established need to reduce carbon emissions, new climate action targets were formulated, with 2020 as the baseline year:

Operations

  • Reduce 50% of carbon emissions from ASUS global operations centers by 2030
  • Use 100% renewable energy in Taiwan-based operations centers by 2030
  • Use 100% renewable energy in global operations centers by 2035

Supply Chain

  • Ensure that key suppliers achieve a 30% reduction in carbon intensity rates by 2025

Products

  • Ensure that each year's key products demonstrate energy-efficiency that's 30% above the Energy Star standard

By simultaneously expanding renewable energy use and improving energy efficiency, actions based on these targets may not only limit the financial impacts of climate change - they may also further decouple economic growth from carbon emissions, bringing ASUS closer to becoming a low-carbon business.

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LEED Green Building Certification at Corporate Headquarters

Efficiency of the original ASUS headquarters building was improved in 2016, and it received a LEED green building certificate. In 2019, the new ASUS corporate headquarters building received the LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) Platinum certification and was further equipped with the ISO 50001 Energy Management System to reduce carbon emissions from operations.

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100% of Notebook Computers Comply with Energy Star

Improvement of energy efficiency does not only reduce the carbon footprint, it also assists with saving electricity expenses for consumers. ASUS has invested in development of energy-saving software and hardware, and since 2013 all notebook computers have been built to comply with the latest Energy Star standards. The mean energy efficiency of our new notebook computers in 2020 was 28% better than notebooks that followed the minimum Energy Star requirements.

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