Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - April 14, 2022
Intel Sets 2040 Goals
Intel Corporation announced plans to further reduce its direct and indirect GHG emissions and develop more sustainable technology solutions.
The company pledged to achieve net zero GHG emissions in its global operations by 2040 to increase energy efficiency and lower the carbon footprint of Intel products and platforms with specific goals. Intel will also work with customers and industry partners to create solutions that lower the greenhouse gas footprint of the entire technology ecosystem.
“The impact of climate change is an urgent global threat,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, in a statement. “Protecting our planet demands immediate action and fresh thinking about how the world operates. As one of the world's leading semiconductor design and manufacturing companies, Intel is in a unique position to make a difference not only in our own operations, but in a way that makes it easier for customers, partners and our whole value chain to take meaningful action too.”
Intel is committing to reach net zero GHG emissions across its operations for Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2040. Intel’s priority is to actively reduce its emissions and will use credible carbon offsets to achieve its goal only if other options are exhausted.
Intel has set the following interim milestones for 2030:
- Achieve 100% renewable electricity use across its global operations.
- Invest approximately $300 million in energy conservation at its facilities to achieve 4 billion cumulative kilowatt hours of energy savings.
- Build new factories and facilities to meet U.S. Green Building Council® LEED® program standards, including recently announced investments in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
- Launch a cross-industry R&D initiative to identify greener chemicals with lower global warming potential and to develop new abatement equipment.
The company is also committed to addressing climate impacts throughout its upstream and downstream value chain, known as Scope 3 emissions. Intel’s Scope 3 strategy focuses on partnering with suppliers and customers to take aggressive action to reduce overall emissions.
For more information about Intel's plans, read "Intel Makes Climate Change Commitment, Calls for Matching Federal Policy Ambition" by Stephen Harper, Intel's Senior Director of Environment and Energy Policy.
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