Product-related Environmental Sustainability
A wide variety of chemicals is required in the manufacturing of semiconductors, some of which are hazardous substances. At Infineon, we responsibly manage the handling of hazardous substances to safeguard human health and environmental protection.
As part of Infineon IMPRES policy, we are moving towards supply chain responsibility, focusing on the purchase of new environmentally friendly materials in the manufacture of its products.
Complying with all currently applicable statutory regulations is self-evident for us.
The European chemicals regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) provides a key regulatory framework for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances on the European market and therefore exerts considerable influence on the procurement and usage of chemicals. As compliance with REACH requirements is indispensable within our supply chain for ensuring reliable delivery, these requirements have been fully integrated in Infineon’s procurement processes.
All Infineon products fulfill the criteria for articles in accordance with the REACH regulation. For this reason, we are not required to register the substances contained in our products.
Furthermore, the CLP regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (Classification, Labeling and Packaging) has great significance for the handling of chemicals. This regulation sets out the classification, labeling and packaging of materials and mixtures and replaces the previously applicable classification and labeling system contained in the directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC.
As the changeover involves transitional periods (up to calendar year 2015 in some cases) and our suppliers have adopted individual implementation strategies, Infineon has decided to utilize both classification systems simultaneously worldwide until the end of the transitional periods.
ELV Directive and RoHs Directive
The European directives 2000/53/EC governing end-of-life vehicles (ELV Directive: End-of-Life Vehicles) and 2011/65/EU to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices (RoHS Directive) regulate the use of certain substances classified by legislators as hazardous in the end products. None of Infineon’s products are in the scope of these regulations.
Infineon’s products comply with these requirements and are conform to the material restrictions in all applicable statutory regulations, including those applicable in countries outside Europe.
DA5 (Die Attach 5)
Infineon is the leader of DA5 consortium (Die Attach 5). This is a consortium of companies that jointly investigates lead free alternatives for lead in high temperature solder for attaching die's to leadframes. This is an effort of the semiconductor industry to eliminate lead in high temperature solder, where feasible.
Being Energy Efficiency one of the three focus areas of Infineon business strategy, we remain committed to the future of renewable energy. Semiconductors have played a vital role in saving energy and have enabled highest energy efficiency savings to date. Developing energy-efficient products is a key element of our desire to save energy and to deal with climate change.