Intel sets net zero goal by 2040
Intel is aiming to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations by 2040, building a multi-pronged initiative that will span the entire chipmaker supply chain – from materials sourcing raw materials, manufacture and distribution and use of its products.
Its priority is to reduce its own carbon emissions – known scope 1 and 2 emissions. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from resources owned and controlled by the company. These are emissions released into the atmosphere as a direct result of a company’s activities. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy purchased from a utility provider. These are GHG emissions released into the atmosphere through the use of purchased electricity, steam, heat and cooling.
“The impact of climate change is an urgent global threat. Protecting our planet requires immediate action and new thinking about how the world works. Intel is in a unique position to make a difference not only in our own operations, but in a way that also empowers customers, partners, and our entire value chain to take meaningful action,” said Pat. Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.
To achieve this ambitious goal, Intel has set the following intermediate milestones for 2030:
- Achieve 100% use of renewable electricity across its global operations.
- Invest approximately US$300 million in energy conservation at its facilities to achieve 4 billion kilowatt hours of cumulative energy savings.
- Build new factories and facilities to meet US Green Building Council LEED program standards, including recently announced investments in the US, Europe and Asia.
- Launch a cross-industry R&D initiative to identify greener chemicals with low global warming potential and develop new abatement equipment.
Intel’s net-zero emissions announcement follows tech giants that have made the same commitment. Microsoft has pledged to be carbon negative by reversing carbon emissions for the life of its business by 2050. Apple has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030. Google claimed in 2020 to have already eliminated its carbon legacy.
A catalyst for industry-wide action to combat climate change
Meanwhile, the chipmaker has also pledged to address climate impacts throughout its upstream and downstream value chain, also known as Scope 3 emissions.
Intel plans to partner with suppliers and customers to take aggressive action to reduce overall emissions. To date, the company has actively engaged with its suppliers to identify areas for improvement, including placing greater emphasis on energy conservation and renewable energy sourcing, increasing the chemical and resource efficiency and leading cross-industry consortia to support the transition to net zero. greenhouse gas semiconductor manufacturing value chain.
To accelerate progress, Intel has committed to partnering with suppliers to reduce supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by 2030 from what they would be in the absence of investment and action.
“Intel has been a leader in sustainability for decades. With leadership comes responsibility. We are now raising the bar and entering an exciting era to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2040,” said Keyvan Esfarjani, executive vice president and chief global operations officer at Intel. “This will require significant innovation and investment, but we are committed to doing the right thing and will work with industry to achieve this critical mission.”
Additionally, Intel hopes to help customers achieve their own net zero goals by providing sustainable products. On the one hand, Intel is setting a new goal of multiplying by five the performance per watt of its next-generation CPU-GPU, Falcon Shores. The company remains committed to its 2030 goal of increasing product energy efficiency by 10 times for client and server microprocessors.
Collaborative innovations towards sustainable solutions
Intel has also set a new goal to reduce emissions from reference platform designs for customer form factors by 30% or more by 2030. These efforts are taking shape with the Concept prototype device Luna from Dell, developed in partnership with Intel to showcase future possibilities for sustainability. PC design.
“Collaboration is essential if we are to find solutions to the important environmental problems facing the world. Intel has been an important partner in this, helping us drive joint innovation by supporting motherboard optimization, bio-based circuit board development, and increasing system power efficiency in our Concept Luna device,” said Glen Robson, Chief Technology Officer for the client. Solutions Group, Dell Technologies. “The ambition behind this ongoing work is to test, prove and assess opportunities to deploy innovative and sustainable design ideas at scale across our portfolio – this is the only way to sufficiently accelerate the circular economy and protect our planet for generations to come. ”
Additionally, Intel works with hundreds of customers and industry partners to create solutions that meet the need for exponentially more computing power, while operating more efficiently and using less power.
For example, Intel is partnering to launch pilot deployments of liquid immersion cooling for data centers across cloud and communications service providers, with companies such as Submer. This includes adopting new principles, such as heat recovery and reuse through immersion cooling.
“99% of the heat generated by IT equipment can be captured in the form of hot water, virtually without losses and at much higher temperatures. Through a partnership with Intel, Submer is able to scale a validated immersive cooling solution that saves energy while providing the ability to capture and reuse subsequent thermal heat,” said Daniel Pope, co-founder and CEO of Submer. “It will fundamentally change the way data centers are built and operated.”
Increasing access to renewable energy is a crucial step in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Intel has developed a solution that can be integrated with existing energy grid infrastructure to create a smarter grid that can adapt to changing needs and sources of energy consumption. Intel and some of the world’s largest utility operators have formed the Edge for Smart Secondary Substations alliance to modernize power grid substations and better support renewable energy sources. France’s largest network operator, Enedis, recently teamed up to upgrade its more than 800,000 secondary substations with solutions that enable real-time control across the entire network.
Intel’s programmable hardware and open source software also offer features that enable greener solutions for customers. For example, in its data center that houses 5G communications facilities, Japanese telecom operator KDDI reduced overall power consumption by 20% in a trial using Intel Xeon Scalable processors and the full capabilities of power management and artificial intelligence from Intel, which allows it to adapt energy consumption according to demand.
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