Gary Dickersonunveils “Make Possible a Better Future” vision and ESG initiatives during SEMICON West keynote
- Company: Applied aims to achieve 100% renewable energy sourcing and cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030; commits to Science Based Targets initiative and
Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
- Industry: new programs focus on improving eco-efficiency of chip manufacturing and creating a more sustainable and just supply chain
- World: calls for greater industry collaboration to enable energy-efficient AI Era computing, from Materials to Systems?
Furthering Applied’s new vision to “Make Possible a Better Future,” Dickerson introduced a framework for generating positive ESG impact at the company, in the industry and throughout the world.
“I strongly believe our responsibility as leaders is to leave the world in a better place,” said
To reduce the environmental impact of its operations, Applied is announcing the following goals: 100% renewable energy sourcing in the
A More Sustainable Industry
Applied is driving several initiatives with its customers and suppliers to promote greater sustainability industry-wide. This includes improving the eco-performance of its existing and new systems with hardware and software upgrades that reduce energy use, chemical use and cleanroom space requirements. As part of its new “ecoUP” initiative, Applied announced a “3 by 30” goal for its manufacturing systems: on a per-wafer basis, Applied targets a 30-percent reduction in equivalent energy consumption along with a 30-percent reduction in chemical consumption, and a 30 percent increase in throughput density – which is the number of wafers processed per square foot of cleanroom space – by 2030.
In addition, Applied today launched the SuCCESS2030 initiative (Supply Chain Certification for Environmental and Social Sustainability) aimed at creating a more sustainable and just supply chain for semiconductor and display manufacturing. SuCCESS2030 will optimize material and parts selection, procurement, packaging, warehousing, transportation and recycling to reduce energy and emissions and conserve resources. The program also aims to promote ethics, human rights, diversity and inclusion throughout the supply chain.
“As we move from a digital age to an AI age, the semiconductor industry continues to enrich lives and serve people around the world,” said TSMC CEO, Dr.
“Memory and storage are essential to the growing data-driven economy,” said Micron Technology Executive Vice President of Global Operations
“The industry-leading SuCCESS2030 program being announced today aligns with Intel’s 2030 corporate responsibility goals and is core to building a responsible and sustainable end-to-end supply chain for the future of semiconductors,” said
On a global scale, AI has enormous promise to accelerate research in areas such as climate change, disease prevention and public health, yet it also consumes a growing amount of power. For AI to reach its true potential, major advances in the power, performance, area-cost and time-to-market (PPACt) of semiconductor devices are needed. Applied is helping enable these advances with the industry’s largest and broadest portfolio of technologies and products which spans creating, shaping, modifying, analyzing and connecting structures and devices. An example of this is Applied’s new Selective Tungsten process technology that removes a critical bottleneck to continued 2D scaling in foundry-logic nodes.
“As we push deeper into the AI era, the world is growing ever more reliant on semiconductors, and our promise to create a better future for all has never been more dependent on our ability to work collectively across our industry and the electronics ecosystem,” said Dickerson. “We need to break down barriers, from Materials to Systems? and from Systems to Materials?, connecting dots in new ways between system designers, developers, integrators, chipmakers, and equipment and materials suppliers.”
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