According to Acer's energy and climate strategy, we continue to prioritize energy efficiency at all of our operating locations, with the use of green energy the next priority. Where appropriate, we use renewable energy power generation facilities alongside measures such as Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon credits to support the development of renewable energy and climate protection plans.
With regard to green electricity, Acer again expanded the use of renewable energy in operating locations, like Singapore and Scandinavia with methods adopted varying from region to region. For example, in Taiwan, the focus was on the use of in-house renewable energy generation, mainly solar; in the United States and Canada, it was on local Green-e certified renewable energy certificates, with wind power foremost; in Europe, particularly Germany and Spain, renewable energy Guarantees of Origin (GOs) were adopted; while in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippine, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere, locally acquired International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) were used. Acer’s US subsidiary also participates in the EPA Green Power Partnership Program and other renewable energy certifications, leading to 100% of the company's electricity coming from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources within the US. They have also continued to receive Green Power Partnership certification. The above-mentioned RECs total 14,425,614.18 kWh, while green electricity generated by company-owned green generators and sold back to the local grid totaled 3,010,936.39 kWh. In total, Acer Group used as much as 17,436,550.58 kWh of green electricity, which, if taken only with REC usage figures, accounts for 59.65% of ICT product-related operations and 43.69% of the Group’s entire Scope 2 electricity usage.
In 2017, Acer built a solar power plant with a total of four ground and rooftop arrays in the Aspire Park, generating about 3 million kWh of electricity each year, plus the e-Enabling Data Center solar and wind turbine generation facility, the solar panel of Aspire Resort and office’s roof and the new solar panel system on the roof of Acer Netherland in 2019, the total generation will be over 3 million kWh of electricity each year to be contributed to the local grid.
Into the future, we will continue to consider the accessibility, effectiveness, and institutional maturity of green electricity or renewable energy in our operating locations worldwide in an effort to achieve our mid-term goal of a 60% carbon reduction by 2020. In addition, we have also formulated the long-term carbon reduction targets in accordance with the methodology recommended by Science-Based Targeting (SBT) methodology. It is expected to reach a reduction of carbon emissions by 80% in scope 1 and scope 2 by 2050 compared to the base year 2009.