Intel and the Environment—Responsible Operations
At Intel, we continually strive to improve our operations and minimize our impact on the environment. In our view, a commitment to sustainability requires a broad portfolio of efforts. To this end, we pursue new ways to reduce emissions and improve energy management through conservation, renewable energy, efficient building design, and other efforts. Intel incorporates environmental performance goals throughout our operations.
Addressing Climate Change
We consider climate change an important issue, and several years ago began taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint and publicly report on greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve reduced our greenhouse gas emissions and made significant investments in energy conservation resulting in savings of 1.75 billion kWh. We have also facilitated the construction of 18 solar electric installations at Intel locations around the world that collectively generate more than ten million kWh of clean solar energy per year. Since 2008, we continue to be the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the U.S., according to the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership rankings.1 We purchased 3.1 billion kWh of green power in 2013, enough to meet 100% of our U.S. electricity use for the year. In October, 2015 we also joined the White House Climate Pledge, a reflection of our ongoing commitment to addressing climate change.
Responsible Water Management
We focus on sustainable water management at our sites worldwide to meet our business needs, as well as those of our communities. We consider efficient and environmentally sound water management practices throughout all stages of our operations, and have invested more than USD 220 million in conservation programs since 1998, helping us save more than 46 billion gallons of water over this time period.
Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Since 2008, we have recycled more than 75% of the total waste generated in our operations. We are also taking actions to reduce the amount of solid and chemical waste generated and increase the amount recycled. In 2013, we linked a portion of our employees’ compensation to solid waste recycling metrics.
Building Facilities with the Environment in Mind
For many years, our engineers have incorporated green design standards and building concepts into the construction of our facilities. For over a decade, Intel has maintained a multi-site, third-party–verified ISO 14001 registration, which evaluates the effectiveness of our environmental management system. Our policy is to design all new buildings to a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design* (LEED*) Silver certification level. Many of our existing manufacturing facilities have been LEED certified, including our first Platinum-certified building, located in Israel.