Energy Conservation Tops the Agenda at SEMICON Europa

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Energy Conservation Tops the Agenda at SEMICON Europa

Energy conservation is a topical issue for all levels of the semiconductor industry supply chain. Suppliers and users need to jointly drive reduction in energy consumption and lower the industry’s carbon footprint. Leaders in the industry demand energy conservation initiatives and control systems that quantify energy and resources consumption.

How can we establish a reference? How can we identify improvement targets? How can we implement a control scheme as a key management tool?

To answer these questions, SEMICON Europa will feature industry experts and a high-level panel to help grow public awareness on energy conservation issues, in both the industry and the government. In addition to addressing public policy and industry responsibility concerns, energy conservation has also become an operations necessity for fabs, and increasingly a competitive requirement for tool suppliers.

Engineers at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sites worldwide have executed dozens of projects that improve energy efficiency. Some of AMD’s successes include use of idling air handlers in administrative areas during low occupancy periods. AMD’s Dresden, Germany facility saves approximately 9.3 GWh/yr. This facility also achieved approximately 2.1 GWh/yr. savings from the replacement of a large electrical incoming air heater with a more efficient heat transfer fluid system.

Texas Instruments (TI) has realized more than $150M in energy savings at its 300 mm fab in Richardson, Texas, through the completion of just five “big ticket items,” including space efficiency ($44M saved), electrical reductions in system size and complexity ($42M), chemical and gas improvements ($32M), mechanical engineering ($22M), and changes in the water plant ($10M).

These and other energy saving techniques, ideas and strategies will be discussed at the SEMICON Europa program. Many of the energy reduction and cost savings opportunities can only be realized through the collaboration of both fab and tool supplier, and the speaker list and open forum should enable productive and open dialog.

Session Co-Chairs:

  • Alfred Koenig, Applied Materials
  • Christian Pophal, Infineon Technologies


  • Welcome: Alfred Koenig, Applied Materials
  • Introduction: Overview on Committees and Activities in the SC industry— Sanjay Baliga, SEMI
  • Energy Efficiency: Involvement of the SC Industry and EU Regulatory Measures and Incentives— Erastos Filos, European Commission
  • Industry Facilities: High Energy Efficient Wafer Fab Requirements, Status and Future Potentials— Michael Aust, M+W Zander
  • OEM Contribution: Eco Efficient Equipment Design and Cost Reductions—

Shigehito Ibuka, TEL

  • Realization of Cost Reduction Potentials by Applying Eco Efficiency Engineering— Andreas Neuber, Applied Materials
  • Fab/IDM: Energy Conservation in a Semiconductor Fab— Barry Kennedy, Intel
  • Fab/IDM: Carbon Footprint Reduction Program at ST— Philippe Levavasseur, STMicroelectronics
  • Executive Panel: Moderator is Christian Pophal, Infineon Technologies

More Information

For additional information about the workshop, contact Sanjay Baliga, Senior Manager (San Jose) at or Carlos Lee, Senior Manager (Brussels) at For cost and registration information, visit