Europe Considers Restricting Hazardous Substances in Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment (January 2010)


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Europe Considers Restricting Hazardous Substances in Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment (January 2010)

Several months ago, the European Parliament proposed changes to the existing EU RoHS directive. RoHS regulations restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, especially high quantity consumer products such as cell phones and personal computer. One such proposal would eliminate the large-scale stationary industrial tool (LSIT) exemption that covered semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment.

Concerned about the impacts of these proposed changes, the SEMI RoHS Working Group is advocating for an exclusion for all semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment (SPME). SEMI believes that including SPME will not further the goals of RoHS, as SPME do not create the type of environmental risk that RoHS is meant to control. Also, including SPME will likely decrease of competitiveness of the European semiconductor and photovoltaic industries with addition consequential impacts to larger business, industry, and the development of next generation green technologies in Europe.

SEMI urges members and industry partners, especially those located in Europe, to assist in these advocacy efforts. If you would like to join the efforts of the SEMI RoHS Working Group, please contact Sanjay Baliga (SEMI Senior Manager in San Jose).