A typical wafer fab uses as much energy as 10,000 homes. Energy bills run as high as $25 million annually. Given the cost of energy, TI decided to go as “green” as possible when it built its fab in Richardson, Texas. Shaunna Black stated, “At TI, sustainability means operating in a manner that balances people, profit, product, and the planet. We call it the triple bottom line.” She stressed that sustainable processes deliver services without exhausting resources, and that sustainable manufacturing facilities work with nature and use resources efficiently to achieve better results at a lower cost and with less impact on the planet….
Innovation isn’t just for devices, processes, and materials anymore! The semiconductor manufacturing industry acknowledges the opportunities, the challenges, and the immediacy of the need to be sustainable. It will be difficult, but it is necessary, according to leaders at the SEMI International Trade Partners’ Conference, held November 4–7, 2007 in Maui, Hawaii. The recognition by many companies that “green” models will result in better products and satisfied stakeholders is widespread, and that fact is contributing to a “critical mass” approach in the supply chain….
An event the size of SEMICON Japan uses a lot of electricity. This year, the 4,600-booth exhibition, programs and events will consume roughly 30,000 kWh. Under a trial project, 90 percent of that will come from renewable energy sources—qualifying SEMI for Green Power Certification from the Japan Natural Energy Company. The idea to use renewable energy was inspired by other SEMI initiatives and industry trends, and was enthusiastically supported by the SEMICON Japan advisory and operations committees. In recent years, the semiconductor industry has been paying increasing attention to EHS, and SEMI has responded through the Global Care initiative….
“With an impending $320,000 wastewater fee, top management wanted action, and our EHS department was up to the task. In only four months, EHS developed a detailed water usage schematic and then analyzed every possible discharge route,” according to Donald Mitchell, FSI International. Learn how they accomplished this feat…. $100,000.”
Recent report finds corporations that lead in corporate responsibility also lead in the market. A new report, released by investment bank Goldman Sachs at the U.N. Global Compact Summit July 5-6, found that companies that are considered leaders in environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies are also leading the pack in stock performance—by an average of 25 percent….
The material sector could get some help trimming development and environmental costs with patterned 45 nm test wafers, software to screen materials for nanoscale electrical properties, and environmentally sustainable copper cleaning solutions. These developments from ATDF (Austin, Texas), Atomistix Inc. (Copenhagen, Denmark) and DuPont EKC Technology (Hayward, Calif.) were selected for this year's SEMICON West Technology Innovation Showcase (TIS) for their potential impact on key materials sector issues….
RoHS and REACH are fundamentally different from the traditional “command-and-control” environmental legislation that preceded them. These European directives are driving de facto world standards that have strategic implications for the semiconductor and allied industries, which depend on access to a wide and growing range of chemicals….