Schneider launches renewable energy programme for chip makers

Schneider launches renewable energy programme for chip makers

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By Nick Flaherty

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Schneider Electric has teamed with Intel and Applied Materials to address the supply chain emissions of making chips.

The Catalyze partnership programme is aimed at accelerating access to renewable energy across the global semiconductor value chain.

Unveiled during SEMICON West 2023, Schneider says Catalyze is a first-of-its kind program of collaboration among key semiconductor and technology industry leaders. The program joins other Schneider Electric supply chain partnership initiatives that seek to leverage the power of supply chain cohorts, including the Energize program for the pharmaceutical industry, and Walmart’s Gigaton PPA program. 

Industry group Semi has also set up a group to look at supply chain emissions from equipment suppliers and fabs and reduce the carbon footprint of chip making. imec in Belgium also has a project to capture the data from existing fabs on usage, and PragmatIC Semiconductor in the UK is running a project to capture that data directly from sensors in fabs.

Intel and Applied Materials are the first sponsors of the Catalyze programme and aim to encourage suppliers from throughout the semiconductor industry ecosystem to join up. Moving to renewable energy is a challenging task, due to the complexity of the value chain, data availability and reliability, and the difficulties in defining the boundaries of such emissions says Schneider.

However the programme aims to simplify the move by combining energy purchasing power across the semiconductor value chain to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy projects and provide suppliers – who may not have the capability on their own – with the opportunity to participate in the market for utility-scale power purchase agreements (PPAs).

It will also increase awareness of the availability of renewable energy in specific global regions where the semiconductor value chain is operational, to increase greater adoption and continue to assist suppliers who have made commitments to reduce their carbon emissions.

Sponsoring companies will collaborate on the development of the program – including identifying focus areas and suppliers – as well as encouraging other semiconductor companies to consider the program for their own value chains.

“At Schneider Electric, our purpose is to empower companies to make the most of our energy and resources, bringing progress and sustainability together for everyone. Our mission is to be a digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency, and the Catalyze partnership program is an excellent example of how companies in key global industries can collaborate to accelerate decarbonization,” said Peter Herweck, CEO of Schneider Electric.

“Switching to renewable energy is an important step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intel has achieved 93% renewable electricity in our global operations and remains committed to reaching 100% by 2030,” said Intel’s Keyvan Esfarjani, Chief Global Operations Officer. “Intel is proud to be a founding member of Catalyze to help remove barriers to choosing greener energy. Ultimately, we want our entire value chain to achieve net-zero as we continue to deliver leading technologies that power our digital world.”

“Applied Materials has been working with our suppliers to instill sustainability best practices through our SuCCESS2030 initiative, and we are excited to build on our momentum with the Catalyze program,” said Gary Dickerson, President and CEO, Applied Materials. “Promoting closer collaboration across the value chain is key to accelerating carbon emissions reduction. We look forward to working with our partners to drive higher output of clean energy for the global semiconductor industry.”

The program will initially focus on suppliers with energy load in specific markets in the semiconductor value chain where renewable energy is currently available, with the intention to expand globally where specific interest and renewable energy market opportunities align.  


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