Showing posts with label Green CVD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Green CVD. Show all posts

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Imec´s sustainable-semiconductor program is a success right away!

Imec´s sustainable-semiconductor program (LINK) seems to be a success right away:
  • Less than a year after its official launch, some of the leading consumer electronics and semiconductor manufacturing players have signed up as partners in imec’s program for Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS).
  • Apple joined the program Apple joins Imec's new Sustainable Semiconductor research program | iMore
  • The program assesses the environmental impact of new technologies, identifies high-impact problems, and defines semiconductor manufacturing solutions with less environmental impact.
  • In this way, the program gathers the semiconductor value chain to jointly target net-zero emissions for chip manufacturing.
  • One good reason for success is most probably that Lars-Åke Ragnarsson from Sweden is the program director of sustainable semiconductor technologies and systems (SSTS) at imec.

More information:




Samsung to focus on treatment of gas used in chip production to achieve net-zero emissions

A major cause of greenhouse gas emissions is process gas used in semiconductor wafer manufacturing comes from processing equipment such as reactive ion etching (RIE) and deposition (CVD and ALD). You can read and watch an interview here and study that paper that was recently published by me and my professor friends Henrik Pedersen and Sean Barry:


Green CVD-Toward a sustainable philosophy for thin film deposition by chemical vapor deposition

It is almost obvious that higher VPs at Samsung and TSMC (LINK) did just that ;-)

[Korea Herald, Link below] Advancing abatement technologies to reduce carbon emissions is the top priority in the Samsung Electronics semiconductor unit's goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, a top official said Friday.

"Treatment of gas used to manufacture semiconductor chips is our biggest focus in our spending (to achieve net-zero emissions)," Song Doo-guen, executive vice president and head of the Environment & Safety Center at Samsung Electronics, told reporters at a briefing in Seoul.


According to the article, Song Doo-guen, executive vice president and head of the Environment & Safety Center at Samsung Electronics, speaks at a briefing in Seoul, Friday and announced that:
  • Samsung has pledged a 7 trillion won ($5 billion) investment to achieve its climate ambitions, and announced that it had recently joined RE100, a coalition comprising 380 global enterprises committed to becoming 100 percent renewable.
  • Alongside the plan to cut direct carbon emissions, Samsung has also laid out a raft of plans to reduce indirect emissions, mainly by pursuing ultralow-power chip products.
  • Other eco-conscious plans it has drawn up include capping the maximum use of freshwater to 300,000 tons a day by 2030 and eradicating gaseous and liquid pollutants by 2040 with treatment technology.
Source: Samsung chip plants look to stamp out carbon footprint (koreaherald.com)