Environmental Initiatives Honored

San Jose, CA - SIA environmental initiatives were recognized by the Bush Administration in a ceremony at the Department of Energy to honor voluntary private sector environmental efforts. The President has released a plan that calls for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and encourages voluntary private sector efforts.

"The semiconductor industry has a long standing commitment to the environment and leads the way in undertaking initiatives to protect the environment," stated SIA President George Scalise. "We are honored that the Bush Administration has recognized us for these efforts."

The President announced his climate change program on February 14, 2002 calling for an 18% reduction by 2012 in greenhouse gas emissions for each unit of gross domestic product, and encouraging businesses to make voluntary emission reduction targets. He stated, "Recent agreements with the semiconductor and aluminum industries and industries that emit methane already have significantly reduced emissions of some of the most potent greenhouse gasses. We will build upon these successes with new agreements, producing greater reductions."

By dramatically curtailing the use of ozone-depleting substances and substituting environmentally benign solvents in the manufacturing process, SIA's member companies have reduced industry emissions by nearly 75 percent in the U.S. since 1987, as reported under SARA Title III. In 1995, SIA members voluntarily committed to significantly reduce atmospheric emissions of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA. This voluntary agreement has served as a model for voluntary agreements between industry and government worldwide.

In 1999, a global industry consensus was reached to reduce absolute PFC emissions by 10 percent below the 1995 baseline by the year 2010. This reduction in emissions will coincide with the increases in production output. In 2000, SIA members and EPA signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on reducing PFC emissions based on global consensus and inventory methods determined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This new agreement is expected to carry the industry through to the next decade.