AMD Renews Commitment to Climate Protection; Surpasses 2007 Goal to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 40 Percent
Seventh Annual Global Climate Protection Plan Renews AMD’s Commitment to Integrated Approach, Incorporating Product Development, Global Operations and Employee Initiatives—
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today outlined renewed goals for 2007 and beyond to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its global manufacturing operations and corporate facilities and through its products. AMD’s seventh annual Global Climate Protection Plan highlights the company’s ongoing strategy and goals to reduce impact on the climate via energy-efficient products, sustainable manufacturing and operations, and corporate leadership initiatives. Since publishing its first annual Global Climate Protection Plan in 2001, AMD has exceeded its EPA Climate Leaders goal to reduce by 2007 greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent* through decreasing the company’s normalized greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent since 2002.
“AMD is a leading partner in EPA’s Climate Leaders program,” said Kathleen Hogan, director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The results AMD has experienced by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions demonstrate the benefits possible through global climate change leadership.”
AMD achieved its climate protection goals by expanding its wafer fabrication operations in Dresden, Germany, which are powered by highly efficient trigeneration plants; reducing absolute perfluorocompound (PFC) emissions by more than 95 percent below 1995 levels; purchasing 100 percent renewable energy for its Austin, Texas operations from Austin Energy’s GreenChoice® program; and reducing normalized energy consumption nearly 40 percent through efficiency improvements at facilities around the world.
“AMD’s commitment to reducing our environmental impact goes far beyond our operations and manufacturing, and takes a truly holistic approach to the way we conduct business,” said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. “Our seventh annual global climate protection plan takes a measured approach to evaluate and continually improve our global environmental efficiency, from how we run our corporate facilities to how we develop products that deliver superior performance-per-watt. By focusing on energy efficiency and the environment in every sector of our business, we’ve not only reduced our environmental impact, we are leading the world to energy-efficient processing from handhelds to the datacenter.”
Representing a sustained commitment to environmental stewardship, AMD’s 2007 Global Climate Protection Plan sets new goals to:
* Further reduce normalized greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent (as measured by carbon equivalent emissions/manufacturing index) by 2010 against a baseline year of 2006.
* Further reduce normalized energy use (as measured by kilowatt hours (kWh)/manufacturing index) by 40 percent by 2010 relative to the 2006 baseline year.
* Continue to lead the industry in promoting awareness about energy conservation both from a product and corporate perspective.
A key element of AMD’s integrated approach is the company’s efforts to educate diverse audiences about energy efficiency as well as foster continued collaboration to help sustain the evolution of “green” IT innovation and procurement. For the second consecutive year, AMD is a sponsor of the California Clean Tech Open’s “Smart Power” prize, which recognizes technologies that provide both businesses and consumers with greater control over when and how their energy is delivered and used. A founding member of The Green Grid™, AMD works closely with companies across the IT spectrum, as well as with national and state government authorities like the EU Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, to identify solutions to the challenges faced by datacenter power and cooling demands.
Earlier this year, AMD announced the results of a ground-breaking study it commissioned, wherein Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D., staff scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and consulting professor, Stanford University, calculated the total power used by servers both in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Koomey found that energy use by servers in the U.S. alone has doubled in the last five years.
For more information on AMD’s Global Climate Protection Plan, please visit: www.amd.com/climate.
To listen to a podcast interview between Austin’s Mayor Will Wynn and AMD’s Environmental Health and Safety Team, please visit: www.amd.com/greenpodcast.
* As measured by carbon equivalent emissions/manufacturing index against a baseline year of 2002.
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