Since 2011, we have conducted annual GHG inventories in accordance with the GHG Protocol and in line with the Group’s consolidated financial reporting boundaries. We also commissioned a third-party verification agency certified by Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration to undertake greenhouse gas emission verification for both direct and indirect categories, i.e., Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3, and prepared an ISO 14064-1: 2018 greenhouse gas verification statement . In 2020, we had achieved a 60% carbon reduction compared to 2009, Based on the international SBT 1.5°C carbon reduction path scenario, the Acer Group has established a new carbon reduction target of 50% carbon reduction on 2019 by 2030.
In 2021, Acer Group’s verified (market-based) Scope 1 emissions were 4,551 metric tons and Scope 2 emissions were 8,746 metric tons, for a total of 13,297 metric tons (market-based). The increase of 51.5% in Scope 1 emissions compared to the previous year and 28.5% compared to the 2019 baseline year is mainly due to the replacement of FM-200 (HFC-227ea) fire suppression equipment for cloud server room fire suppression systems. Scope 2 purchased electricity emissions decreased by 4.9% from the previous year and by 14.5% from the 2019 baseline year, mainly due to a combination of lower electricity consumption and increased use of renewable energy. Total emissions from operations (Scope 1 plus Scope 2) increased by 9.0% from the previous year and decreased by 3.4% from the 2019 baseline year; carbon intensity (tons of CO2 per billion NTD of revenue) was 41.7, down 29% on 2019; and per capita emissions were approximately 1.7 metric tons, a decrease of approximately 0.8% from 2019.
In addition, under Scope 3, we identified significant indirect sources in accordance with the principles of the GHG Protocol Scope 3 and, based on quantitative significance, impact, data availability, and accuracy, included other significant indirect sources in the scope of the inventory. In 2021, Acer’s Scope 3 emissions reached 2,099,472 metric tons. Among them, emissions caused by the energy consumption of products were the most significant. The main hardware products sold in 2021, including notebooks, desktops, and monitors, resulted in the emission of 1,616,651 tonnes of carbon, accounting for 77% of Scope 3 emissions. Through ongoing communications with or first- and second-tier vendors, we have been able to make continual improvements to carbon emission data collection, finding emissions to have reached 360,247 metric tons.