Our innovations enable our customers to provide consumers and businesses with more powerful technologies, while lowering global energy demands. We align our strategies across the industry, including with customers and industry standards, to focus on key areas, including reducing greenhouse gases and water consumption, improving our recycling and reuse of raw materials, and focusing on responsibly designed and operated facilities.
Our ZERO HARM! philosophy drives us to continually improve our environmental performance both in our own operations and in our products, with the aim of reducing our environmental footprint and that of our customers.
Our Environmental policy is a key element of our Corporate Responsibility policy. It establishes our commitment to reduce our environmental impact by continuously improving our management systems and setting the right objectives. We continuously assess the range of aspects we need to identify, and set improvement targets on the most important impacts.
In 2016, we initiated a five-year target cycle for reducing our environmental footprint in key areas that are applicable to our business and aligned with industry standards, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards for the semiconductor industry. In reference to science-based targets, we have normalized our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and our water consumption reduction objectives to our research and development (R&D) spend. Our R&D operations are responsible for a majority of the utility consumption through equipment installations and supporting facility infrastructure, accounting for more than 75% of electrical consumption and almost 80% of water consumption. In 2018 we significantly surpassed our 2020 water consumption objective, and are resetting that objective to further challenge ourselves.
Our environmental targets for 2016-2020 are now:
These targets are aligned with key initiatives across our business, and is consistent with and managed within our environmental management system which is certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
Over 95% of our realized greenhouse gas emissions are a direct result of Scope 2 purchased electricity. We strive to find ways to reduce our electrical consumption and source power responsibly at our engineering and manufacturing sites. In 2018, we commissioned a third-party energy audit at one of our engineering sites, and are addressing key opportunities identified while evaluating other sites for the same opportunities. We report progress through annual participation in the CDP Report.
Our primary use of water is in the treatment and abatement of R&D process gases. Our efforts to reduce our water consumption needs to balance with the efficiency to abate potential air emissions and compliant with the statutory air emissions limits in the areas in which we operate. In this way, we have taken and continue to look for more measures at our R&D sites to reuse water, with reuse systems and initiatives in place to maximize the efficiency of the systems we have implemented.
We focused our efforts to reduce the landfill of solid waste through the implementation of a crate reuse program. Given the size of the equipment we produce, transporting it safely during the manufacturing cycle means using robust packaging, such as crates. By implementing a reuse program between ASMI and suppliers, we are able to reduce the one-time use of packaging. This program continues to grow as we add products and parts and has the potential to significantly help us reach our objective.
Our new South Korea facility meets all local energy efficiency requirements, and exceeded requirements in areas such as lighting and lab infrastructure control systems. We are in the process of designing a new building for our Singapore manufacturing operations, and are aiming for a top-tier energy rating.
In 2018, there were no material changes to our current operations that alter the way we interface with the ecosystem or manage our on-site surface water at our existing sites. We conduct an impact assessment for every new project, and strive to minimize identified potential impacts, such as through erosion protection, surface water containment, abatement technologies, and water resource management. Our focus and data collection for environmental measures is ongoing, and we maintain a process with individual site accountability for data accuracy. This means employees who are close to the operations and understand the inputs and outputs are also responsible for maintaining the data on a monthly basis. This helps ensure not only accuracy, but the ability to quickly identify opportunities and risks.
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.