Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate Change is one of the biggest challenges of our times and therefore we understand that efforts from all sectors of society are necessary to deal with this problem.
As a worldwide company, we already integrate climate change aspects and risks in our sustainability strategy and business continuity plans. With this approach, we strive to be prepared and capable of dealing with extreme weather events, ensuring, among others, that there are no significant interruptions in the supply of our products and that the risk associated to people safety is minimized.
Our carbon footprint
Used in a broad range of applications, our products contribute towards improving the ecological efficiency of end products and applications during their use-phase. For example, our high-performance products make it possible to operate large-scale wind farms and photovoltaic facilities. They are also used in industrial applications, such as drive systems and motor control units and make it possible, for instance, to reduce output losses.
Infineon products in the fields of automotive electronics, industrial drives, servers, lighting, photovoltaics, wind energy, mobile phone chargers and induction cookers alone, enable CO2 emission savings amounting to approximately 56 million tons of CO2 equivalents.
Thus, with its products and innovations in combination with efficient production, Infineon achieved an environmental net benefit of more than 54 million tons of CO2 equivalents.
Due to their high global-warming potential (GWP), perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) have been the mainstream focus of climate change management of the semiconductor industry.These gases are primarily used in the etching processes needed to structure wafers as well as for the cleaning of production equipment and despite all scientific research, there is no viable alternative to replace all PFCs used at semiconductor industry.
As part of our commitment to climate protection, Infineon made an early start in developing particularly efficient processes to reduce the use of these greenhouse gases to the absolute minimum technically required. Infineon mainly achieves this reduction by increasing process efficiency and optimizing abatement concepts. Moreover, in some cases it is possible to use alternate gases with less impact on the climate. The above-mentioned measures contribute towards minimizing our greenhouse gases emissions.