Deliver Your News to the World

AMD Publishes Ninth Annual Global Climate Protection Plan and 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report


Highlights include launch of AMD Foundation and an estimated 22 percent reduction in normalized greenhouse gas emissions

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) released two reports demonstrating the company’s ongoing dedication to sustainability, the ninth annual Global Climate Protection Plan (GCPP) and the 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.

From responsible product design to award-winning energy conservation projects at its major campuses, AMD’s corporate responsibility efforts help the company achieve greater transparency, promote the use of IT as a tool for positive social change, enhance the communities where AMD does business and minimize the company’s environmental impact. The 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report provides information on AMD’s economic performance and programs that address environmental protection, corporate governance and social responsibility. The GCPP presents the company’s strategy, goals, and commitment to global climate protection and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are pleased with the progress we’ve achieved on environmental and social issues in the past year and excited to share the results with the public, our customers and technology partners,” said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and CEO. “AMD’s commitment to operating our business responsibly remains a top priority, and while we are pleased with our record, we’re focused on continuing to drive improvement.”
2008 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights include:

* Forming the AMD Foundation and its signature education initiative, AMD Changing the Game, to promote the use of video game development as a tool to improve science, technology, education and math (STEM) skills through the creation of social issue games.
* Opening the new Austin, Texas “Lone Star” campus which achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in early 2009 and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
* Communicating regularly with external stakeholders to build relationships and improve transparency via semiannual customer surveys. This data provides regional stakeholders, account teams and business units with an overall understanding of customers’ concerns and ideas on how to improve the customer experience.
* Enhancing the communities where AMD does business with efforts such as joining the Green Power Group California Affiliates. AMD and 14 other large companies with operations in California now share best practices for purchasing and developing new sources of renewable energy.
* Strengthening the financial foundation of the company by creating GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company.

Highlights from the ninth annual GCPP include:

* Achieving our EPA Climate Leaders goal of reducing normalized emissions1 by 33 percent by the end of 2010. Relative to the 2006 baseline, AMD has reduced emissions by approximately 20 percent including a 13 percent reduction from 2007 to 2008.
* Receiving a Climate Protection Award in 2008 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognizing the company’s emission reduction strategy and implementation efforts.
* Driving lower PC power consumption through the development of innovative products and technologies that increase energy efficiency. Product highlights include the 45nm AMD Phenom™ II X4 processors with Cool’n’Quiet™ 3.0 technology that deliver up to 50 percent lower power consumption at idle when compared to previous generation technology2, and the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ EE processor, AMD’s lowest ever quad-core server power band at 40W ACP.3
* Implementing energy conservation projects at all of AMD’s major campuses, resulting in AMD Suzhou’s Test, Mark and Pack facility receiving a 2008 Energy Conservation prize from the Suzhou Economic Development Bureau. Programs implemented at AMD’s Suzhou facilities reduced power consumption by approximately 4,655 Megawatt-hours (MWh) per year, enough energy to power more than 2,000 Chinese households for a year.4
* Obtaining significant energy savings at AMD facilities through the installation of energy-efficient IT. For example, AMD’s Markham, Ontario data center replaced 1,152 servers with 312 servers using new energy efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors resulting in calculated annual energy savings of more than 1,750 MWh.
* Promoting employee engagement in sustainability initiatives such as the AMD North American Go Green commuter program, eliminating an estimated 1,027,000 miles of driving, conserving approximately 50,000 gallons of gasoline, and avoiding approximately 430,000 kg of CO2 equivalent emissions in 2008.

Supporting Resources

* View the full Corporate Responsibility Report here.
* View the full ninth annual Global Climate Protection Plan here.
* Check out Nigel Dessau’s blog post on AMD’s corporate responsibility.
* Collaborate with AMD and engage with others passionate about social responsibility on AMD’s page.
* View last year’s Global Climate Protection Plan here.
* Bookmark AMD’s corporate responsibility page for the latest news and awards.

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, ATI, the ATI logo, AMD Athlon, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

1. The normalization factor is a manufacturing index (MI) derived from the number of wafers processed, the complexity of the fabrication process, and the wafer size.
2. System Configuration: AMD internal reference motherboard (Shiner); RS780 / SB700 Chipset; BIOS MS9A04-4; 45nm AMD Phenom™ II processors rev. C2G 3.0 (DDR2, Power Features); DDR2-800 2X1024MB; ATI Catalyst™ 8.9; Windows Vista® SP-1; C1E Enabled, L3PwrSavEn Enabled.
3. 2 x Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors Model 2377 EE (2.3GHz) (“Shanghai”) in Supermicro AS-1021M-UR+B server, HyperTransport™ 1 technology, 16GB (4x4GB DDR2-800) memory, 500GB SATA disk drive, Coldwatt CWA2-0650-10-SM01 power supply, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise SP1 64-bit.
4. Based on a projected average annual energy consumption of approximately 1,800 kWh per household.


This news content was configured by WebWire editorial staff. Linking is permitted.

News Release Distribution and Press Release Distribution Services Provided by WebWire.