From the Director (EHS Advantage, June 2009)


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The Power of Industry Partnerships

By Aaron Zude, senior director, SEMI EHS

One of the great things about working at SEMI is the unique opportunity to interface and partner with other EHS professionals and organizations in responding to the EHS challenges facing high tech industries. To me, the term “high tech industries” includes: semiconductor; thin-film-transitor flat panel display (TFT-FPD); Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS); Solid State Lighting-LED (SSL-LED); and photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing.

I would like to share a few of these partnership activities (in no particular order) to both identify opportunities for you to participate and to highlight some of the SEMI EHS Division’s meetings and events taking place at SEMICON West from July 13–16 in San Francisco.

Energy Conservation

I believe that the best approach that high tech industries can take towards reducing their contribution to climate change is energy reduction. In a semiconductor wafer fab, energy use accounts for somewhere around 70% to 80% of the total CO2 equivalent footprint. I have not seen numbers for the other high tech industries, but my guess would be that energy use represents a similar percentage.

In working to improve energy conservation in the semiconductor industry, SEMI will be partnering with key industry groups at SEMICON West in a workshop to identify the drivers of semiconductor energy conservation efforts, identify and agree on the primary obstacles for improving energy use in equipment and facilities, and define the path forward for achieving stated industry energy conservation goals and objectives.

The key industry groups invited to participate in the Workshop are the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) Energy Conservation Working Group, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) ESH Technology Center, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) Energy Conservation Working Group, and the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) ESH Working Group.

There is a fee for attending this Energy Conservation Enabler Initiative Workshop, but you can obtain a code that will allow you to register for free if you complete a 16 question on-line energy conservation survey located here: http://www.keysurvey.com/survey/261597/189f/. Once you complete the survey and have the code, go here to register for SEMICON West and sign up for the program (or add the program if you are already registered): http://www.semiconwest.org/visitors/register/index.htm.

Climate Change

SEMI recently partnered with the Semiconductor Industry Association in providing comments on the proposed U.S. EPA Mandatory Greenhouse Reporting Rule, and to express a high tech industry viewpoint to Capital Hill on the cap-and-trade provisions of the Waxman-Markey Bill. See the April Newsletter for more information: http://www.semi.org/cms/groups/public/documents/gg/ctr_029164.htm.

On a broader scale, SEMI is currently working with representatives of the U.S. EPA Climate Change Division to establish a high tech industries coalition that would work together in coordinating global climate change initiatives. The intention of this new “Global Climate Change Coordinating Council” is to establish a global platform for discussion and coordination of climate change reduction activities by representatives of regional high tech industries associations and research institutions. In addition to the U.S. EPA and SEMI, representatives on the Council may include regional semiconductor, photovoltaic, and flat display industry associations, research institutions, and government environmental agencies.

REACH Regulatory Compliance


SEMI is currently partnering with the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) and ISMI to address semiconductor industry concerns with Article 33 of the EU REACH Regulation. See presentation materials here for details: http://www.semi.org/en/issues/ehs/ctr_028850. These groups are also collaborating with CEFIC (the European Chemical Industry Council) on REACH Exposure Scenario (ES) and Chemical Safety Report (CSR) issues for semiconductor manufacturers. Finally, SEMI is launching partnership activities with the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), on PV industry REACH compliance.

As you can see, the SEMI EHS Division is actively engaged in industry partnerships on those EHS issues and opportunities requiring a cooperative supply-chain response. If you would like additional information on these partnerships, or would like to participate in one of the SEMI Working Groups that support them, please let me know at azude@semi.org.

I hope to see you at SEMICON West 2009: http://www.semiconwest.org/programsandevents/ctr_028620

Aaron Zude

Sr. Director, SEMI EHS

July 1, 2009