Intel’s sustainability efforts paying off
by CanadianManufacturing.com Staff
The company sets new 2020 environmental goals to extend its path of innovation and environmental responsibility.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Intel Corp. has saved more than $10.9 million in energy costs since 2001 and says it plans to do even more in its 2011 Corporate Responsibility report, released today.
The report outlines several results of its current sustainability initiatives as well as new environmental goals, including:
• Reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent per chip from 2010 levels by 2020.
• Design all new buildings to a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification between 2010 and 2020.
• Increase the energy efficiency of notebook computers and data centre products 25 times by 2020.
• Achieve energy savings of 1.4 billion kWh from 2012 to 2015.
• Reduce water use per chip to below 2010 levels by 2020.
• Achieve zero chemical waste to landfill by 2020.
“From product to customer to employee to environment, corporate responsibility allows Intel to have a greater and more influential impact on industries, communities and the global economy,” said Michael Jacobson, Intel’s director of corporate responsibility.
Other highlights from the 2011 report include:
• Intel ranked 16th in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 list for excellence in supply chain management, up from 18th in 2010 and 25th in 2009.
• To address the issue of conflict minerals, through the end of 2011, Intel had identified 98 smelter sites and visited 48 of them in 16 countries to lay the groundwork for third-party audits. Intel’s goal is to demonstrate that its microprocessors are validated as conflict-free for tantalum by the end of 2012, and to manufacture the world’s first microprocessor fully validated as conflict-free across all four minerals (gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten) by the end of 2013.
• Intel has been recognized as the largest voluntary purchaser of green power under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program.
• Intel built 15 solar electric installations across nine Intel campuses that generate more than 5 million kWh per year.
• Since 2001, Intel has invested more than $58 million and completed 1,563 energy conservation and efficiency projects, reducing energy costs in 2011 by $10.9 million.