In 2008, we set ourselves new, five-year environmental goals in key areas such as emissions reduction and water conservation. To raise awareness of environmental sustainability among all our employees, we aligned a portion of our employees’ compensation with environmental criteria for the first time.
Our objective of reducing our absolute environmental footprint continues to present a challenge, partly as a result of growth and partly because of increasingly complex manufacturing processes. Addressing these challenges will be a strategic priority for our company in the coming years.
Campaigning with Europe
Intel has a track record of engaging with the EU and governments across Europe. For example, Intel cooperated with the European Commission to define an EU Data-centre code of conduct. Similarly, we have actively participated in developing new rules and standards on eco-design and energy efficiency for the upcoming Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive.
Intel is a member of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign (SEEC). We work to raise awareness of energy efficiency issues, make information and communications technology (ICT) become more energy efficient, and to develop ways of using ICT to improve energy efficiency in other sectors.
We collaborate with governments, industry and other organisations to reduce the impact of the ICT industry on climate change. Intel, Google and the World Wildlife Fund founded the Climate Savers Computing Initiative in 2007, in which 400 companies have undertaken to use more efficient technology, with the goal of reducing their IT-related CO2 emissions 50% by 2010.
We strive to minimise the environmental impact of our products in every phase of their life cycle, from their development and production, to their use and disposal. In fact, we address the environmental challenges of each new generation of technology before manufacturing begins.
All our operations incorporate environmental performance goals that range from designing green technology into our buildings to the way we manufacture our products and handle waste.