Infineon details carbon footprint of power, automotive devices

Infineon details carbon footprint of power, automotive devices

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies is providing engineers with comprehensive Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) data for its chips.

The publication of the data by Infineon highlights the carbon footprint of power devices from the high levels of silicon carbide through gallium nitride to silicon.

  • CoolSiC G1 87.5g
  • CoolSiC G2 75.6g
  • TrenchStop 5 IGBT 50.4g
  • GaN power transistors 20.8g
  • OptiMOS silicon MOSFET 3.5g
  • EasyPack SiC module 1092.8g
  • EICEdriver 18.2g
  • Aurix automotive microcontroller 413g
  • PSoC 4000T 19.1g
  • Xtensiv MEMS microphone 13.0g

The Product Carbon Footprint is a metric that quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions associated with an individual product, allowing the comparison of different products’ climate impact, with more details at the PCIM exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany later this week.

Industry standards for PCF are currently being developed, and Infineon says it has developed a robust methodology to calculate the carbon footprint, incorporating customer needs and best practices.

Infineon says providing PCF data on the carbon footprint is a pioneering role in the semiconductor industry which will be eventually be extended to its entire product portfolio, starting now with about half of its portfolio.

Infineon commits to science based targets for sustainable manufacturing

Infineon includes emissions from raw materials and supplies, its own manufacturing processes, manufacturing partners and transportation to the customer (“from cradle to gate”). This means that the PCF data covers scope 1 and 2 emissions as well as scope 3 emissions from suppliers and manufacturing partners, all the way to the customer’s gate. The Product Carbon Footprint is expressed in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (kg CO 2e).

“By providing comprehensive Product Carbon Footprint data, we are driving the vision of a net-zero society and empowering our customers to reduce carbon emissions even more effectively,” says Elke Reichart, Member of the Management Board and Chief Digital and Sustainability Officer at Infineon.

“Infineon is taking a leading role in carbon transparency by committing to include the entire product portfolio over the coming years. This underlines our ambition to be a leader not only in terms of technology, but also sustainability.”

This is a welcome step beyond the use of higher efficiency power devices in solar and wind power plants, electric cars and increase energy efficiency in numerous applications, including AI data centres, where Infineon says its chips overall save 34 times the amount of CO 2e emitted during their production.

Breaking the carbon footprint down to the product level is another major milestone in Infineon’s sustainability journey. Infineon has already pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 for direct and indirect emissions (scope 1 and 2). Last year, the company committed to setting a science-based target encompassing supply chain emissions (scope 3) as well.

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