Addressing the root causes of global warming
Our Environmental Vision lays out our aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% across the lifecycle of all products and services by the year 2050.
The focus on C02 is understandable, as it is regarded as the primary cause of global warming, but there are other substances causing even greater environmental impact that shouldn't be ignored.
It's not just about CO2
- Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfurhexafluoride (SF6), greenhouse gases used for cleaning and etching processes in semiconductor and liquid crystal display manufacturing are two substances that are on our radar.
- Taking this into account, we have initiatives to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases other than CO2 as well as reducing CO2 emissions by conserving energy.
What are we doing to make a difference
- To cut our CO2 emissions, for example, we are improving monitoring and controls, and increasing the energy efficiency of our plant facilities and production equipment. We're also innovating on our production processes and introducing new energy sources.
Setting and meeting our goals
- In 2006 we committed that by 2010 we would cut our global consolidated greenhouse gas emissions, per unit of sales, by 50% compared to 1990.
- In 2007 we met our goal and reduced our global consolidated CO2 emissions by 53%. This means that during the four years from 2003 we have reduced total global emissions by more than 200,000 tons.