COMPUTEX 2023 Sustainability-Race to Zero forum kicked off on Thursday, highlighting the necessity for sustainable development and urging a more profound imagination for future lives and technology
The COMPUTEX 2023 Sustainability-Race to Zero forum kicked off on Thursday, featuring leading figures in the industry sharing their insights on sustainability and how it can be achieved, with most stating that not only was sustainability an issue of grave importance but also that it was a journey that included everyone, so that we may, together, secure the vision of a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.
ASUS co-CEO Samson Hu shared how the company’s new carbon partner service – available starting Q4 this year to ASUS commercial customers – is ASUS taking a more active role in carbon footprint reduction. Its four pillars of net-zero emissions policy also allowed the company to produce the then world-first carbon-footprint-verified commercial laptop – the ASUS Expert Book B9- published in 2021.
Next came SGS Senior Global Product Manager Eric Huang, who said companies or governments should implement a regular inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, analyze the causes resulting in high GHG emissions, enact reduction measures and ultimately achieve net-zero in emissions, adding that enabling transparency and public disclosing carbon management and reduction information will make the company more appealing, which would feed into its continued efforts to promote sustainability.
Third to take the stage was Kioxia’s Director and Executive Officer Tomoharu Watanabe, who said, “Kioxia, as a whole, is committed to reducing GHG emissions across our entire operation, not just in our production processes.” While Kioxia has made efforts to make its services sustainable, with the wide usage of Koxia products in data centers, smartphones, and other facilities, “we must improve the energy efficiency of devices, “ Watanabe said.
According to Delta Electronics EVP of Infrastructure Business Victor Cheng, Delta’s high-efficiency products and solutions have saved 39.9 billion kWh and reduced carbon emissions by 21.05 million tonnes from 2010-2022. In addition, Delta has imposed an internal “carbon tax” – US$300 per cubic ton of carbon produced – and has used the “income” to fund research and development, purchase solar power, and take other initiatives to embrace sustainability. The company’s US headquarters is an outstanding model for sustainability, as it conserves energy by using heat exchange systems to heat up or cool down water from San Francisco Bay that flows through a series of pipelines under the facility.
Intel Corp.’s VP & CTO of Asia-Pacific Japan, Alexis Crowell, was last, but certainly not least, of all presenters, showcasing how Intel has contributed to a sustainable technology industry by using 100 percent recycled materials or bio-based plastics, helping business partners reduce their scope 3 carbon footprints. Its power supply, the ATX 12VO, promotes energy efficiency and uses less energy to power the entire PC. In addition, Crowell said the software was a crucial part of realizing sustainability because the hardware could not perform to expected standards without it.
“We are participating in the circular economy because we believe, as a technology leader, it is our fundamental responsibility to stand and lead and to move forward and help the industry go together with you,” Crowell said.