Green Products

The Green Mark helps consumers to identify products or services with better environmental quality. It is deemed as one of the most suitable methods to implement a circular economy. For example, the Type I Ecolabel defined under ISO 14024 requires that the product must comply with the requirements in the whole life cycle, and be verified by the independent third party. Among the market, only 25% to 30% of products could achieve such a level of environmental performance.

ASUS has invested in green product R&D over a long period and acquired green certification under strict review by international ecolabel, which proves that in addition to its high quality, our product also presents excellent environmental performance. Take the EPEAT ecolabel for instance, ASUS products, manufacturing process and operation could comply with the requirements on ten aspects, namely substance management, material selection, product design, energy usage, product & corporate footprint, regenerated energy, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), conflict minerals and packaging reduction, which reduced environmental impact over the entire life cycle.

However, the requirements of eco labels have become more stringent, such as the EPEAT standard since its revision in 2018, ASUS still actively registers mainstream products such as notebook computers, desktop computers, and liquid crystal displays as EPEAT products. The ASUS ExpertBook B9 adopted a magnesium-lithium alloy body with an ultra-narrow bezel design, and thus it weighed less than one kilogram. It meets strict environmental standards throughout its product life cycle and was registered at EPEAT Gold level It did not use restricted hazardous substances as well as beryllium, and the PCB board eliminated the use of halogen flame retardants. In terms of energy saving, the energy consumption of the product was 40% above the Energy Star standard. Furthermore, the packaging box was made by paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to ensure quality, design and sustainability.

 

Taking products receiving EPEAT label in 2020, we use the GEC (Green Electronics Council) assessment tool and get the environmental impact reductions of EPEAT products sold in 2020 as followed: reducing more than 10,971 tons of CO2e and 1,366 tons of solid waste, saving 320,000 tons of water and 55,280 mWh of electricity. It demonstrates that products with EPEAT label perform better as well as our commitment to reducing environmental impacts through ASUS products.

 

In addition to EPEAT, ASUS also actively participated in the application of various eco labels. In 2020, we acquired a total of 8 types of eco labels worldwide, and the revenue from ASUS products with eco labels was 81.3% of our total product revenue. We also adopt the method of Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) to calculate the proportion of sales on eco label products over corporate revenue as one of the reference indicators for investors. It was also important for ASUS to demonstrate green competitiveness. Among them, annual revenue from sold products compliant with EPEAT or equivalent standard was 8.6% of the total revenue, the revenue from products compliant with Energy Star was 52.1% of the total revenue. For energy consumption of the product, please see chapter Climate Action for more details.

 

Sharing Platform

Since the consumers showed greater concern over privacy and personal data in the IT products. It makes the difficulty to promote the sharing of products. We dealt with it from another perspective by establishing a sharing platform that optimized the efficiency of idle items. ASUS has built digital learning centers around the world, where we strived in promoting digital education to reduce the digital divide. By utilizing the sharing platform, we utilized idle items to establish digital infrastructures to enhance material efficiency.