Protecting the planet.
As we design, build and operate our facilities, we keep environmental performance top of mind. We power our facilities with modest amounts of renewable energy and we are working hard to promote water conservation around the globe.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.
Our goal is to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global operations by 30%, compared to a 2014 baseline, by 2025. We support a global climate agreement in a number of ways, including as a signatory to the Climate Declaration and by participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings since 2009. Our consumption of fossil fuels for energy and transportation contributes to GHG emissions. In addition, power generators at some of our U.S. facilities produce relatively small amounts of emissions regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Across our Company, we’re taking steps to reduce emissions of all kinds.
Reporting our GHG Emissions.
Climate change is a serious environmental, social and economic threat that calls for immediate and concerted action among all sectors of society. We are committed to minimizing our GHG emissions. As we grow, we strive to reduce our consumption of carbon fuels. Our combined heat and power plants are just one example: we self-generate electricity to meet our site needs and utilize the waste heat to provide cooling to our headquarters’ buildings. This process enables us to avoid purchasing additional electricity that would otherwise be necessary to run electric chillers to provide cooling. By designing such efficiencies into our facilities infrastructure, we are able to minimize our use of fossil fuels while still maintaining the highest levels of reliability and security for our operations. We also give employees incentives to commute by carpool, bike and transit, among other efforts, and we participate in many organizations addressing climate change and promoting smarter energy use.
We achieved Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring our worldwide Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program, and then having it third-party verified and reporting the data on The Registry’s website. Read our disclosures to The Climate Registry and the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Beyond GHG emissions.
We also track emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic chemicals generated as by-products of two 4.5-megawatt cogeneration turbine plants at our corporate headquarters. Fueled by natural gas, these highly efficient turbines enable us to produce some of our own electricity, reducing costs and GHG output. We use heat captured in the turbines to power two large chillers in our corporate campus’ air-conditioning system, further saving electricity and the carbon emissions associated with producing it.
Using electricity more efficiently helps us minimize our carbon footprint while avoiding millions in costs. Energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, data centers and IT equipment all help lighten our load. We power our facilities with modest amounts of renewable energy, and when feasible, we build new buildings according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) methodology. We choose green building materials wherever possible—including low-VOC paint and recycled products that are further recyclable, such as ceiling tiles, vinyl composition floor tile, systems furniture, carpet, fabrics and more. By sourcing, designing and building with sustainable products, we minimize waste and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar has been part of our corporate headquarters’ energy mix since 2005.
Cutting waste from IT operations.
Our Company depends on a robust information technology (IT) infrastructure. We take steps to minimize energy consumption and waste in our IT system, keeping costs and environmental considerations in mind. Simple measures like powering down printers, connecting through wireless backhaul and deploying modular data centers have made a big difference.
Making every drop count.
As water sources around the world become increasingly stressed, we are aware of the need to treat water as the precious resource it is—for our business and for communities everywhere. So assessing our water footprint and conserving water are priorities, particularly in California, the home of our headquarters and a state perennially challenged by water scarcity. In our facilities, we make our greatest gains in water conservation by using reclaimed water instead of potable water for irrigation and air conditioning.
Promoting water conservation and transparency in our supply chain.
As a member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), we expect our manufacturing suppliers to reduce wasted water along with waste of all kinds, and to treat wastewater to regulatory standards prior to discharge or disposal. Because semiconductor processing is water intensive, we work closely with suppliers that make our integrated-circuit products to promote efficient water use. We ask our key semiconductor manufacturing suppliers to report their water use via the CDP water disclosure survey or the EICC Environmental Reporting Initiative.