Intel and the Environment
We aspire to be a global leader in sustainability and enable partners and customers to reduce their environmental impact through our actions. Our environmental projects and company-wide initiatives are driving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use, and waste generation around the world.
Learn more about our operational sustainability goals below.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
The impacts of climate change are an urgent global threat. And at Intel, we’re committed to accelerating progress against the world's critical challenges to improve the life of every person on the planet. As we progress on our 2030 RISE commitments, we aren’t backing down from the unique position we are in to make a difference.
“Intel was built for these kind of challenges. A Net Zero emissions future is an investment in our customers, in ourselves and in our world. Together we can, and we will, do something truly wonderful for our planet and for the future generations that will inherit it.” – Pat Gelsinger
Watch the video to learn more about what Pat Gelsinger, CEO has to say about our commitments to protecting our planet.
Our Operational Sustainability Goals
Achieve net positive water by 2030—by conserving 60 billion gallons of water and funding external water restoration projects.
Achieve 100% renewable electricity use across our global operations and conserve 4 billion kWh of electricity by 2030.
Drive a 10% reduction in our absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2020 to 2030, and reach net-zero Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions across our global operations by 2040.
Achieve zero waste to landfill and implement circular economy strategies for at least 60% of our manufacturing waste streams by 2030 in collaboration with our suppliers.
Our Commitment to Transparency
Every year, we report on our sustainability goals in our Corporate Responsibility Report, which details progress on our long-term focus to advance transparency, set ambitious goals and integrate corporate responsibility across all aspects of our business.
Read more about Intel's Corporate Responsibility Strategy and Goals, or visit Explore Intel for site-specific information on our environmental performance.
Explore water restoration projects
As part of our commitment to achieve net positive water, we are restoring water to support the communities we call home. To date, we have funded more than 30 water restoration projects, collectively restoring billions of gallons of water to local watersheds each year. These projects—whether agriculturally focused, conservation centered, or targeted at in-stream flow protection—aim to address local water issues and support the well-being of our communities and the environment.
Arizona | California | New Mexico | Oregon | Texas | India | Costa Rica | Ireland | Malaysia | Mexico
Read our 2022 Water Report Executive Summary | Read our 2022 Water Report
Read our 2021 Water Report Executive Summary | Read our 2021 Water Report
Learn more about our progress to reach 100% renewable electricity
Over the last five years, Intel's renewable electricity supply and purchases have totaled more than 26 billion kWh of renewable electricity. That's enough to power more than 2.4 million US households for one year. One example is the installation of an 8,877-array solar array to power our six-building campus in Kulim, Malaysia.
Learn more about our commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in our global operations
We know protecting our planet demands immediate action and fresh thinking. That’s why we have pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in our global operations by 2040, to increase the energy efficiency and lower the carbon footprint of our products and platforms, and to work with customers and industry partners to create solutions that lower the greenhouse gas footprint of the entire technology ecosystem.
See how we’re using circular economics to reduce waste and cut costs
A circular economy model encourages businesses to re-envision traditional linear product strategies and manage environmental impact from ‘cradle to cradle’. When original equipment manufacturers and other Intel customers return components, also known as reverse logistics, Intel uses a circular economy strategy to maximize recovery value and while reducing the environmental impact.