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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.

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.

Environmental, Health & Safety Management Systems

Our Global EHS Policy and Standards are the foundation of an integrated EHS Management System. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has achieved an enterprise-wide certification to both the ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard and the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management systems standard that covers all of our manufacturing locations. In addition, our fabs have either been certified under the Sony Green Partner program or maintain equivalent controls to ensure product compliance. Fab 1 (Dresden, Germany) has established an ISO 50001-certified energy management system. Our certificates are available here.

Goals and Performance

In early 2016, we established new 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.

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 established a new baseline defined as the first 12 months of our combined operations following the acquisition (from July 2015 through June 2016).

The planned aggregated annual savings of these projects translate 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 as compared to our baseline:

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

Additionally, we have maintained our annual goal to recycle and reuse at least 55 percent of hazardous waste generated across the company.

The graphs below show our 2017 performance data for each of these performance indicators relative to the applicable baseline levels.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions:

Absolute total GHG emissions were slightly lower (2 percent) in 2017 relative to the baseline value, with approximately the same reduction percentages for Scope 1 emissions and market-based indirect Scope 2 emissions. Compared to our baseline, normalized 2017 GHG emissions were 20 percent lower.

Electricity Usage:

While absolute consumption of electricity in 2017 was flat from the baseline value, normalized electricity usage improved by nineteen percent in 2017 compared to the baseline level.

Electricity Usage

Water Usage:

In 2017, absolute water consumption increased slightly over the previous year by three percent compared to the baseline value. Comparing the 2017 normalized water consumption rate to our baseline shows a decrease (improvement) of seventeen percent.

Water Usage

Hazardous Waste:

Our 2017 goal was to achieve a hazardous waste recycling and reuse rate above 55%. Approximately 59 percent of total hazardous waste (including by-products beneficially recycled and reused) generated in 2017 was recycled or reused. Consequently, we met our annual goal to achieve a recycle and reuse rate of more than 55 percent.

Hazardous Waste Goal


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