Climate Goals and Actions

Strategy

As the threat of climate change intensifies, "net zero emissions by 2050" has become the consensus in global climate actions. Nearly 140 countries across the world that produce 88% of global carbon emissions have pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, demonstrating that the world is moving towards net zero emissions. According to the "Net Zero Economy Index 2021" published by PwC in 2021, achieving net zero emissions by 2050 will be difficult. Reducing carbon emissions by half by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 require a five-fold increase in the rate of global decarbonization. It means that every industry across the world must accelerate their transformation to attain net zero emissions. ASUS set science-based targets (SBT) for carbon emission reduction and initiated our climate actions in three stages: enhance energy efficiency, expand the use of renewable energy, and remove residual emissions by innovative technology, to lead the value chain to net zero.

ASUS Net Zero Vision

Actions Taken

Operations

ASUS' carbon emissions came from the use of electricity for office operations. Since 2015, we have built up the ISO 50001 Energy management system to identify hot spots of high energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. Both of our operation headquarters have received the LEED Platinum certification, the top certification for green buildings. We aim to reduce electricity consumption by 1% each year and we have achieved the marginal benefits for improving energy efficiency. The development of renewable energy will become a necessary measure. ASUS signed the memorandum of understanding with renewable energy companies. We map out the short, medium, and long-term renewable energy pathways by analyzing the most appropriate scenarios for using renewable energy in global operations and gradually increase the utilization rate.

Products

Low-carbon product is our major appeal in response to carbon emission reduction. We have been invested in R&D to improve the energy efficiency of software and hardware and continue to reduce the carbon emissions when using the products. The Energy Star Program is the most rigorous energy efficiency program in the world. ASUS surveys the best available technologies and references global regulatory requirements to maintain high efficiency of products. The energy efficiency of ASUS' main products is above the requirements set forth in Energy Star standard, and we use the Level VI power supplies which meet the highest energy efficiency requirements for the external power supply. It avoids sales obstacles caused by global energy efficiency regulations and creates competitive advantages in the green product market.

Supply Chain

The supply chain is the major source of greenhouse gas emissions for ASUS. Analyzing more than 100,000 data entries from environmental footprint surveys over the years, we identified 90% of emission was from 9 types of key component suppliers in the manufacturing process, including panels, motherboards, IC, wires, power supplies, mechanical components, keyboards, batteries, hard drives, as well as from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). ASUS established partnership programs with key suppliers from those types and adopted the following methods to facilitate continuous improvements by suppliers:

  • 2022: Draft manufacturing processes for key components and identify hot spots for emissions such as equipment with high energy consumption and processes with high carbon emissions.
  • 2023: Draft carbon reduction paths for key components based on the hot spots for emissions and suppliers' capacity for reducing carbon emissions.
  • 2024 to 2025: Collaborate with suppliers on projects with low-carbon materials, process optimization, improvement in equipment efficiency, and renewable energy to promote technology in carbon reduction.