Environmental Sustainability is Imperative
Our goal is for green thinking to inform every aspect of our business. From our energy-efficient fabs to stringent emission controls, GlobalFoundries has a proven track record of environmentally responsible manufacturing and operations. We recognize climate change is an unprecedented global challenge, and we are committed to growing responsibly and minimizing our impact on the environment.
Learn more about our sustainability efforts and outcomes below.
Journey to Zero Carbon
Reinforcing our commitment to sustainability in our manufacturing and operations, GlobalFoundries in August 2021 announced our Journey to Zero Carbon goal to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030, as the company expands its global manufacturing capacity.
To achieve this goal, we are enhancing manufacturing emission controls, further improving energy efficiency, sourcing renewable and lower-carbon energy, and taking other actions. Our Journey to Zero Carbon initiative supports the aims of the Paris Agreement, which calls for significant reductions by 2030 on a path to global "Net Zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
We are committed to being an industry leader in sustainable manufacturing. Making semiconductor chips is among the most complex and sophisticated manufacturing processes in the world, requiring up to thousands of individual steps over several months. We continually improve and optimize this process, identifying and implementing further efficiencies and energy-saving measures into our operations.
Over the past two years, our sustainability and efficiency efforts have resulted in the saving of nearly 40 million kWh of electricity – enough to power approximately 4,000 U.S households for a year.
Water is vital to our planet. It is also necessary for semiconductor manufacturing. As part of our water conservation efforts, over the past two years we have implemented projects saving 415,000 m³ of water annually – about the water used by 1,700 U.S. households in one year. These savings are driven by our extensive water reclamation programs in place at our manufacturing facilities. In 2020, 40 perfect of our total water use was covered by recycled and reused water from water reclaim programs.
GlobalFoundries manufacturing sites are not located in, and do not use water from, any identified high water stress areas.
We recognize climate change is an unprecedented global challenge, and we are committed to growing responsibly and reducing our emissions in a meaningful way. We are already taking action to meet our Journey to Zero Carbon goal of reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030. It’s the right thing to do – for our business, for our global team, and for our planet.
As part of our efforts to increase the sustainability and efficiency of our operations, GlobalFoundries carefully manages waste created as part of our manufacturing processes. We recycle and reuse as much of this waste as possible, with the goal of keeping waste out of landfills. For example, spent sulfuric acid from our facilities is reused in wastewater treatment or in the manufacture of fertilizers.
Read more about our sustainability efforts in our latest Corporate Responsibility Report.