Sunnyvale, Calif. AMD has released its eighth annual Global Climate Protection Plan (GCPP), which outlines the company's strategy and goals to maximize energy efficiency, help lower costs and minimize its environmental impact. Initiatives include lowering greenhouse and perfluorocompounds (PFC) gas emissions, reducing energy consumption, and implementing sustainable manufacturing and green building projects.
AMD's 2008 report expands on previous reporting levels to include analysis and data on new initiatives and projects. After exceeding its commitment from 2002-2007 to reduce normalized greenhouse gas emissions in its operations by 40 percent and normalized energy consumption by 30 percent, AMD has since recommitted to reduce its normalized greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent and normalized energy usage by 40 percent by 2010, using 2006 as a baseline year.
The semiconductor company has also started for the first time to quantify and estimate its "Scope 3" emissions gas emissions. This Greenhouse Gas Protocol designates indirect emissions associated with supply chain, product distribution, employee business travel and commuting in the "Scope 3" category. With this initial disclosure, AMD said it is able to engage more directly with its supply chain on the appropriate metrics, goals, and strategy to limit the company's end-to-end carbon footprint, as well as develop a more comprehensive view of the global environmental implications of its activities and business model.
In the area of sustainable manufacturing, AMD's Fab 30 and Fab 36 wafer fabrication operations in Dresden, Germany, are powered by the highly efficient trigeneration Energy Centers, EVC1 and EVC2. As AMD converts the 200-mm Fab 30 to the 300-mm Fab 38, EVC1 has been upgraded to achieve a thermal efficiency of approximately 80 percent, an improvement of more than 10 percent, while EVC2 achieves efficiencies of almost 84 percent.
In addition, the Dresden Fabs also are reported to have very low emissions of (PFCs), which enabled AMD to reduce its absolute PFC emissions by more than 95 percent below 1995 levels. In 2007, AMD's manufacturing operations in Dresden; Singapore; Penang, Malaysia; and Suzhou, China continued to make energy efficiency improvements, contributing to a twenty percent worldwide reduction in AMD's normalized energy consumption relative to the 2006 baseline.
The company's commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship in manufacturing operations is also demonstrated in the conceptual design for the planned new state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York, and its new Austin "Lone Star" campus, which was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The Austin site reduces energy use by approximately 20 percent over a traditional building of comparable size, and is powered 100 percent by clean, renewable energy sources such as wind power and biogas from Austin Energy's GreenChoice program.
AMD also offers education programs that help employees decrease adverse impacts on the global climate. These include using public transportation, carpooling, insulating homes, and turning off lights and computer monitors when they are not in use.