2018 is year three in our five-year environmental performance improvement cycle (from 2016-2020). We have sustained and continue to improve on the progress from 2017, exceeding the five-year objectives in both normalized greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water consumption. We strive to sustain the progress through 2020 with our new, larger facilities in South Korea (opening early 2019, for R&D and Manufacturing) and Singapore (opening 2020, for Manufacturing) coming on-line.
As we grow our R&D operations, our absolute electrical consumption has increased. However, we reduced our absolute water consumption significantly after the successful implementation of a water reuse plant in Phoenix, leading to a 35% absolute reduction in Phoenix. In addition to reducing our environmental impact, this project positively impact to ASMI fiscally, with a return on investment of two years. Although ASMI continues to grow, we have chosen to reset our water target to 45% reduction globally by 2020 from the 2015 baseline. We achieved 45.4% reduction by 2018, however with further growth and expansion at multiple sites, we foresee it will be a challenge to sustain this through 2020 and thus feel it is the right objective to set. GHG emission and water consumption values reported are based on utility receipts for ASM Environmental Management System sites. The uncertainty in the reported information is less than 10% due to shared utility arrangements at some of our leased sites.
Some initiatives that contributed to the progress toward the normalized objectives in 2018 include:
Our 2019 and 2020 plans include initiatives in both GHG and water consumption reduction, including the construction of our planned new facility in Singapore to the BCA Gold Plus Standard, and replacing aging chillers supporting R&D equipment to more efficient (electrical and water consumption) units.
Our landfill diversion did not improve in 2018 (relative to 2017). In 2018, the product shipping container reuse program was implemented on two product lines. The program targets the reuse of product shipping containers approximately 10 times before needing to dispose of the shipping container. Our goal is to expand this to five product platforms in 2019 to help reduce the consumption of raw materials towards our 2020 goal. We believe it is still possible to achieve the 2020 objective to divert 90% of our materials to recycle or reuse.
Over the past 50 years we have grown to become a leading global supplier
of semiconductor wafer processing equipment. A company that develops
innovative process solutions for our customers, and manages itself in the best
interests of our investors, our employees, society, and other stakeholders.
Yet now is the time to enter a new era of innovation, to embark on the next
phase of growth. We understand that this requires commitment and strength
across many areas. From innovation in R&D, to advancing new technologies
and addressing new applications. From developing our people, to creating
even stronger relationships with key customers.
This is how we will take the next leap forward.
ROADMAP TO THE FUTURE
Our roadmap to the future will enable us to not only
achieve our next phase of growth, it will ensure we
can continue to help our customers achieve their
technology roadmaps for next-generation devices.
Our technology helps drive innovation, increasing the number of scientific breakthroughs, many of which are achieved from our advanced process equipment that deposits new materials with precision and productivity, positively benefiting society in sectors from healthcare and education, to transport and energy.
For semiconductor manufacturers, scaling chips
to smaller dimensions is an ongoing challenge.
Our innovations and equipment are vital in helping make many of these transitions happen.
Striving for efﬁciency ensures that our
customers get the products, services,
and results they expect. Intensifying
our focus on efﬁciency will make us a
stronger company, ready to take the
next leap forward.
We are a multinational company that
embraces diversity in every sense
of the word. With 29 different
nationalities working across the
company, we combine our talents
to drive innovation.
Achieving our ambitions takes intelligence, knowledge, skill,
determination, and dedication. And it is this combination of
qualities that we nurture in our people.
Our goal is to impact tomorrow’s generation
as positively as we’ve impacted today’s.
Making this happen takes the xtraordinary
talent of our people, who work together
to drive innovation and deliver excellence.
Collaboration is fundamental to our
continued success; from working
with our customers to optimize our
equipment and processes to enable
their technology roadmaps, to
creating partnerships on cutting-edge
research and development.
Operational excellence is one of the essential
pillars of our strategy, which enables us to provide
our customers with the high-quality, leading-edge
products and services they demand.
R&D is central to our development,
leading to new device architectures,
new materials, and new processes
that strengthen our competitive
positioning and enable our customers
to deliver the next-generation chips.
By extending our technological scope with a
more diverse product portfolio, we can help our
customers continue to advance their business
while growing our own in new market segments.
We create long-term value for our
stakeholders in a variety of ways.
From working with our customers
to develop innovative solutions, to
ensuring value creation growth
and positive investor returns.
We are committed to positively
contributing to society and
reducing our impact on the
environment. Only then can
we truly say we are helping
create more with less.
We believe sustainability takes many forms.
From developing sustainable technology
roadmaps for our customers, to creating
a sustainable living environment for all.
Safety is a front-line requirement,
which is why our ZERO HARM!
policy outlines our vision on product
safety, and our CR policy lays out
our commitment and expectations
towards health and safety.