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Environmental Sustainability, Employee Health and Safety

Environmental Sustainability, Employee Health and Safety

Our Commitment to Eco-Efficiency

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is committed to eco-efficiency in foundry operations. We define eco-efficiency as the optimization of resources to yield products meeting stringent GLOBALFOUNDRIES and customer performance and quality criteria.

Sustainable Manufacturing: High Productivity with Low Impact

Semiconductor manufacturing operations must be both highly efficient and extremely flexible to deliver optimal results in a fast paced and demanding market. We are committed to providing differentiated manufacturing services that value speed, accuracy, and agility, to help ensure that our customers are consistently provided with the right technologies at the right time that meet or exceed their specifications for quality and reliability.

Producing advanced integrated circuits at ever-smaller geometries requires exacting manufacturing processes. As integrated circuit line widths shrink and products become more complex, so too does the number of manufacturing steps and intensity of resource use per wafer. Getting the most from those resources is fundamental to the sustainability of our manufacturing and our customers’ products.

Commitment to Our Employees

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) is a top priority at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. We implement consistent and rigorous EHS policies, standards, management systems, metrics, external reporting, and compliance assurance, all designed to optimize environmental protection, protect employee safety, health and well-being, and ensure regulatory compliance.

Goals and Performance

In early 2016, we have redefined our resource conservation goals to accommodate the significant change in our company structure in 2015 with the acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronic Division, including the two manufacturing facilities now known as Fab 9 in Burlington, VT and Fab 10 in East Fishkill, NY.

In 2016 we identified resource conservation projects across our global manufacturing sites which are scheduled for implementation from 2016 through 2018 to reduce consumption of electricity and water, greenhouse gas emissions, chemical consumption and waste generation. We have translated the planned aggregated annual savings of these projects into the following year-end 2018 goals:

  • Reduce electricity use by 48 gigawatt hours (GWh);
  • Reduce water use by 3.7 million cubic meters (m3);
  • Reduce GHG emissions by 14,600 metric tons carbon equivalent (MTCE); and
  • Reduce chemical use and waste generation by a combined 11,000 tons.

Noting that normalized rates are affected by changes in technology mix and the level of fab activity (loading), achieving our resource conservation goals are projected to lead to the following reductions in normalized consumption or emission rates by the end of 2018:

  • 18 percent reduction of normalized electricity consumption*;
  • 32 percent reduction of normalized water consumption*;
  • 20 percent reduction of normalized greenhouse gas emissions.*

*As compared to our new baseline: the first 12 months of our combined operations (July 2015 – June 2016).

Additionally, we have maintained our 2016 goal to recycle and reuse at least 55 percent of hazardous waste generated across the company, applying it toour 2017 operations.

The graphs below show our 2016 performance data for each of these performance indicators relative to the applicable baseline levels.

GHG Emissions:

Absolute total GHG emissions decreased by 4 percent in 2016 relative to the baseline value. Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions decreased by 7 percent compared to the baseline, while indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in 2016 were relatively flat. Normalized 2016 GHG emissions were 12 percent lower compared to our baseline.

Electricity Usage:

While absolute consumption of electricity in 2016 was flat from the baseline value, normalized electricity usage decreased by 8 percent in 2016 compared to the baseline level.

Electricity Usage

Water Usage:

In 2016, absolute water consumption increased slightly — by 1 percent compared to the baseline value. Comparing the 2016 normalized water consumption rate to our baseline shows a decrease of 7 percent.

Water Usage

Hazardous Waste:

Our 2016 goal was to achieve a hazardous waste recycling and reuse rate above 55%. Approximately 61 percent of total hazardous waste (including byproducts beneficially recycled and reused) generated in 2016 was recycled or reused. Consequently, we met our 2016 goal to achieve a recycle and reuse rate of more than 55 percent.

Hazardous Waste Goal

EHS Compliance

Through our Global Environmental, Health and Safety policy, we are committed to a “Beyond Compliance” approach, seeking to exceed the requirements of applicable regulations. We implement consistent and rigorous EHS standards, management systems, metrics, external reporting, and compliance assurance programs.

These are designed to protect the environment; to protect the safety, health and well-being of our employees, contractors and communities; and to ensure that we meet or exceed regulatory compliance requirements. Our manufacturing sites perform internal reviews as part of their EHS Management Systems and are routinely inspected by regulatory authorities.

In 2016, inspections and regular compliance reporting across our global locations resulted in two notices of violation (NOVs). All issues were corrected to the satisfaction of the respective regulatory authorities, and neither of the two NOVs resulted in financial penalties.

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