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Greenhouse Gas Inventory

GHG Inventory and Assurance

Since 2011, we have been conducting a GHG inventory program per the GHG Protocol and in line with the Group’s consolidated financial reporting boundaries. In 2020, we will continue to implement and update the procedures according to ISO 14064-1:2018, and continue to commission third-party assurance pursuant to the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration’s standards to conduct global external accreditation for the more significant emission items and emissions identified in the direct and indirect categories, i.e., Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3.

In 2020, we found that the Acer Group was responsible for 3,004.03 tonnes of Scope 1 and 9,195.348 tonnes of Scope 2 (market-based) carbon emissions. Our Scope1 and scope 2 emissions totaled 12,199.383 tonnes (market-based), with Scope 1 emissions primarily from North American and European natural gas usage and global combustion activity, and Scope 2 electricity usage accounting for approximately 75% of the combined emissions of the two. Total emissions in 2020 were reduced by 62.05% on the baseline year and 11.37% less than 2019; per capita emissions were approximately 1.63 tonnes, about 14.06% lower than adjusted 2020 figures*.

Note: Number of full-time staff at the end of 2020 is 6,956, with 511 contracted staff, for a total of 7,467

Annual Group Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Targets

In addition, in accordance with GHG Protocol Scope 3 principles, we carry out inventory of emissions produced by staff business flights, product and service purchases, product shipping, leased assets, product energy consumption, waste products, and power & fuel. Through inspections, we better understand how to control the carbon risks and opportunities in the value chain, which will further help in reduction strategies. In addition, per GHG Protocol Scope 3 principles, we undertake an inventory of items including staff business flights; product and service procurement; product shipping, energy consumption, and end-of-life; operational waste; electricity and fuel; and leased assets. Among these, product energy consumption creates the most significant amount of emissions, with our four main hardware categories (notebooks, desktops, all-in-ones, and displays) accounting for a total of approximately 1.08 billion kWh of power consumption in 2019. Through more thorough Scope 3 inventories, we can better understand how to control carbon risks and opportunities in the value chain, which will further help with reduction strategies.

Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Sources and Levels


Staff business fights

Emissions (tons): 819.37

Total Emissions, Including Global Employee Business Flights


Product and service purchases

Emissions (tons): 43,731.50

Based on ODM allocation data on major products (notebooks, desktops, monitors, and projectors) from 10 companies in 2019


Product shipping

Emissions (tons): 91,678.81

Covers all regions of the world including Taiwan, Europe-Africa-Middle East Region, the Americas, China, and Asia Pacific

Product Energy Consumption

Emissions (tons): 1,542,689.42

Takes the annual shipping volume of major products (notebooks, desktops, all-in-one, and displays) and multiplies that by annual TEC

Waste Products

Emissions (tons): 40.55

Mainly general waste produced in the Taiwan region

Power and Fuel

Emissions (tons): 2,484.48

Mainly consumption of natural gas, gasoline, diesel, and electricity in the Taiwan region

Leased Assets

Emissions (tons): 545.80

Mainly desktop and notebook computers in the Taiwan region

Leased Assets

Emissions (tons): 13,835.77

Primarily rental of Cloudgoda Data Center facilities

Product Carbon Footprint Disclosure

In 2015, we took the lead in joining the Carbon Footprint Calculation Platform established by the Taiwanese EPA. With the cooperation of our major suppliers, we have set out a plan to broaden the carbon footprint inventory across indicator products, completing a carbon footprint report for the Chromebook C740. This cloud-based platform can effectively integrate many parties in the supply chain, providing timely calculation services and greatly reducing operating expenses, as well as accelerating inventory work.

This effort focuses on the office mode of the model, and the results have shown that carbon emissions across the product' lifecycle total approximately 123.70 kg. The raw materials and the using phases account for greater proportions of that figure, specifically 64.50% and 33.97% of total emissions respectively. The lightweight, quick-booting, quick-connecting nature of the product and the more streamlined components used therein (in comparison with ordinary notebooks) may help reduce the emissions at the raw materials and user ends.

Chromebook C740 Lifecycle Carbon Emissions

To meet the requirements of the EPEAT standard and make our products more competitive in commercial bidding, since 2019, we have also enacted quantitative life cycle assessment for products. The first product for which this was completed was the Desktop PC VX4660G (or Veriton X4660G). In cooperation with the Industrial Technology Research Institute, we carried out a full cradle-to-grave life cycle inventory and analysis of this product in line with ISO 14040:2006 and ISO 14044:2006 standards. Through the DoITPro database (v2019.0003), we undertook second-level data conversion, finding the following main overall environmental impacts: carbon emissions of 461.3 kgCO2e; 0.39 m3 equivalent of water; and mineral, metal, and fossil resource consumption of 0.0131antimony (Sb) equivalent.

In 2020, in addition to desktops, we have expanded this to three major product lines, including notebooks and monitors, across a total of eight models, including the VM6660G, VN6660G, VS6660G, and VZ4660G desktops; the TMP214-52, TMP215-52, and TMP614-51 notebooks; and the B246HYL display. Research results have shown that in terms of both life cycle analysis and product carbon footprint analysis, the two stages with the most significant impact are “raw materials acquisition & component manufacturing” and “product use.” This has led us to set medium-term management goals for product energy efficiency and product raw material use to improve the environmental performance of our products more effectively. For example, the TMP 614, a high-end business notebook, performs better than the Energy Star requirements, saving approximately 21% in electricity (about 5.45 kWh per unit). In the future, we will set medium-term management targets to more effectively improve the environmental performance of our products.

The following is an example of TMP614-51 business notebook product life cycle analysis results

Raw Material Acquisition & Component Manufacturing

Impact on Global Warming : 57.1%
Water Resources Consumed : 85.7%
Mineral, Metal, and Fossil
Resource Consumption : 100%

Product Assembly

Impact on Global Warming : 0.7%
Water Resources Consumed : 0.2%
Mineral, Metal, and Fossil
Resource Consumption : <0.1%

Product Shipping

Impact on Global Warming : 0.6%
Water Resources Consumed : 0.1%
Mineral, Metal, and Fossil
Resource Consumption : <0.1%

Usage

Impact on Global Warming : 41.7%
Water Resources Consumed : 14.0%
Mineral, Metal, and Fossil
Resource Consumption : <0.1%

End of Life

Impact on Global Warming : 0.1%
Water Resources Consumed : <0.1%
Mineral, Metal, and Fossil
Resource Consumption : <0.1%

Note : Impact on Global Warming(126.92 kg carbon equivalent)    Water Resources Consumed (0.0754 mequivalent of water)
Mineral, Metal, and Fossil Resource Consumption (0.077 antimony (Sb) equivalent)