Acer Americas is joining the growing ranks of U.S. businesses meeting 100 percent of their electricity needs from renewable energy resources. The U.S. subsidiary of the Taiwanese multinational consumer electronics manufacturer on Oct. 28 announced it is joining the EPA Green Power Partnership and has purchased enough green power to offset all of its carbon emissions from electricity in the U.S.
To get there, Acer Americas recently purchased more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs). That puts Acer among the ranks of U.S. businesses on the EPA's 100 Percent Green Power Users list, as well as the Top 30 Tech & Telecom partner rankings, Acer highlights in a company press release.
Acer also reported that it is ahead of schedule to meet its 2015 global carbon emissions reduction target. Reducing carbon emissions, environmental pollution and natural resource use, as well as reducing waste and promoting recycling, all factor into the strategic goals Acer has set out in its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, company management points out.
For its part, Acer intends to reduce its GHG emissions 30 percent by 2015 as compared to 2009 baseline levels. It plans further reductions: to 60 percent below 2009 levels by 2020.
“Acer has steadily reduced its energy consumption since 2009 through investments in more energy efficient air conditioning and lighting equipment, among other efforts, in our offices around the world,” Acer Corporate President and CEO Jason Chen was quoted as saying.
According to Acer, “Our products embody the concepts of the precautionary principle and individual producer responsibility (IPR) as we endeavor to reduce our environmental impact throughout each stage of the product lifecycle and provide appropriate recycling channels to help consumers do their part for the environment.”
Acer's e-Enabling Data Center (eDC) in Taiwan was the first of its operations to install renewable energy generation assets. Operations in Germany and Italy followed in 2011 when they began to procure green power. Its U.S. operations followed in 2013, which management estimates will push the ratio of green power usage across its global footprint to over 30 percent by the end of 2014.
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