Chip developers and manufacturers will work together to reduce the

Chip developers and manufacturers will work together to reduce the harmful impact on the climate

At the COP27 conference, held in Egypt and dedicated to the fight against climate change, a new structure was announced – the Allianz Semiconductor Climate Consortium (SCC) composed of more than 60 companies involved in one way or another in the production and Supply electronic components involved , as well as raw materials for them . Alliance members commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the electronics production chain.

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Image source: Intel

The consortium was established with the support of the SEMI association, which brings together participants in the electronics development and production chain. The founders of the new association are committed to the principles of the Paris climate agreement, which envisages limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The founders of SCC include both the largest owners of semiconductor factories, including GlobalFoundries, Intel, Micron, Samsung Electronics, SK hynix and TSMC, as well as some influential companies that do not have their own manufacturing facilities – AMD, Google and Microsoft. The association included industries that provide equipment for manufacturing chips, chemicals and packaging technologies for semiconductor components, among others.

According to Mousumi Bhat, Vice President of Global Sustainability Programs at SEMI Mousumi Bhat, SCC members recognize the semiconductor industry’s negative impact on climate and intend to strengthen collaboration across the industry chain. This will help set meaningful goals for sustainability and a healthy environment for future generations.

The next step for the SCC will be the election of a council that will prioritize the achievement of common goals related to collaboration on implementing best practices, transparency around emissions information and decarbonization projects.

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The formation of the consortium comes at a time when the construction of new semiconductor factories is increasing, especially in the USA. The chip law, passed in July, will provide $52 billion in funding for companies to expand the country’s semiconductor manufacturing. The US Department of Commerce appointed members of an Advisory Council to implement the law back in September, and it is now becoming apparent that many of its members will join the SCC.

Due to the huge US investment in the semiconductor industry, the formation of SCC is of particular importance, according to Bhat. It is expected that the new structure will be able to affect precisely new projects – new semiconductor plants are already being built, the construction of some has already started before the passage of the law in the United States. For example, Intel recently began building state-of-the-art facilities in Ohio that are expected to be powered by 100% renewable energy sources. In addition, it is planned to achieve a positive balance of water consumption and to refuse landfilling of waste literally completely.

According to the IEEE Spectrum portal, the SCC also hopes so “Influencing the expansion of existing factories using legacy manufacturing processes that have been at the epicenter of the chip shortage problem for the automotive industry”.

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