Alibaba Group was established in 1999 by 18 people led by Jack Ma, a former English teacher from Hangzhou, China. From the outset, the company’s founders shared a belief that the Internet would level the playing field by enabling small enterprises to leverage innovation and technology to grow and compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies. Since launching its first website helping small and medium-sized enterprises in China to sell internationally, Alibaba Group has grown into a digital ecosystem with businesses comprising China commerce, international commerce, local consumer services, Cainiao, cloud, digital media and entertainment, innovation initiatives and others. We enable businesses to transform the way they market, sell and operate and improve their efficiencies. We provide the technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help merchants, brands, retailers and other businesses to leverage the power of new technology to engage with their users and customers and operate in a more efficient way. We also empower enterprises with our leading cloud infrastructure and services and enhanced work collaboration capabilities to facilitate their digital transformation and to support the growth of their businesses.
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We are committed to environmental protection. Over the past year, we have worked to deliver high-quality achievement of our established carbon neutrality goals. By transitioning to renewable energy, encouraging technological innovation and building a participant ecosystem, we achieved our goal of “double reduction,” where we reduced carbon emissions from our own operations and carbon intensity across our value chain. In our first year of driving ecosystem carbon reduction, where we had to design and implement everything from scratch, we reduced our carbon emissions by 22.907 million tons. We have focused on three main areas to transform the value chain and ecosystem of our cloud computing infrastructure so that we are part of a green, low-carbon circular economy, which are: (1) building a clean cloud, (2) replacing traditional IT with cloud computing to boost efficiency, and (3) empowering intelligent transformations. Our self-built data centers’ power utilization efficiency (PUE) level continued to improve and reached 1.215, maintaining its leadership in Asia. We continued to successfully increase our transition to clean energy, which reached 53.9% of total energy consumption. As a commerce and technology platform connecting billions of consumers and nearly ten million enterprise customers, we pioneered the “Scope 3+” concept to encourage decarbonization across our platform ecosystems last year. We hope to build consensus with partners on carbon reduction standards and promote sustainable progress of more enterprises. We are incredibly honored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s invitation to join as the first Internet company from Asia. We have started collaborating with them on the Scope 3+ emission reduction standard and leveraging this opportunity to introduce innovative carbon reduction solutions to the world.