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 Environment

For more information, download the Environment section of our 2013/2014 Annual Corporate Responsibility Report

AMD has established a long record of environmental responsibility and transparency, setting ambitious environmental goals and publicly reporting our progress through key performance indicators. We have a robust management system in place to manage risks to the environment from our business operations and supply chain, and we engage employees worldwide to take an active role in our conservation efforts.

For reporting purposes, we categorize our facilities into two groups—“manufacturing” which consists of our three “Assembly, Test, Mark and Pack” (ATMP) facilities in Asia and the remaining “non-manufacturing” sites.

ATMP Manufacturing Sites

AMD owns and operates two manufacturing facilities that perform a combination of ATMP services; one in Penang, Malaysia, and the other in Suzhou, China. In 2013, the Suzhou site continued to expand assembly operations that began in early 2012, and increased test operations as well. Although the Penang site reduced the volume of units tested and assembled, the site added additional specialized equipment to support new products.

Non-Manufacturing Sites

AMD designs, supports and promotes microprocessor and graphics products at numerous design, engineering, sales, administrative offices and data centers worldwide. We collect and report energy and water use along with waste generated for our three major non-manufacturing sites located in Austin, Texas; Markham, Ontario; and Sunnyvale, Calif. We also report data collectively for 11 additional global facility locations including Bangalore and Hyderabad, India; Shanghai, China; Cyberjaya, Malaysia; the United States and others.

 

Global Environmental Goals and Performance

AMD’s environmental goals reflect our business model as a semiconductor design and marketing company, and account for the functional differences between our manufacturing and non-manufacturing sites worldwide. Environmental goals are aligned to areas where AMD operations have the most impact: water use reduction, GHG emissions reduction and waste diversion. Goals are measured separately for ATMP and non-manufacturing sites, and are based on five-year timeframes. Environmental goals and performance through 2013 are shown in the table below.

GOAL AREA GOAL  SCOPE & MEASURE  2013 STATUS
GHG Emissions5% reduction

10% avoidance*
Non-Manufacturing: Absolute reduction (2009-2014) Ahead of target (13% reduction)
Manufacturing (new): Project based reductions (2012-2017)Ahead of target (8.5% avoidance)
Water Use20% reduction

10% avoidance*
Non-Manufacturing: Normalized by employee count (2009-2014) Ahead of target (26% reduction per employee)
Manufacturing (new): Project based reductions (2012-2017)Ahead of target (2.4% avoidance)
Waste (Non-hazardous)70% diversionPercentage of waste kept out of the landfill (2009-2014) Ahead of target (78% waste diversion)

 

 View our Environmental Data here

For more information about our Environmental Goals and Performance, view our 2014/2014 Annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems

AMD has established Global Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Standards that we apply to our sites worldwide. These performance-based standards establish best-in-class practices to help protect human health and the environment, and include the following environmental standards:

  • Legal Compliance
  • EHS Due Diligence for Real Property and Business Transactions
  • Project Design and Review
  • Pollution Prevention and Resource Conservation
  • Global Climate Protection
  • Waste Management

To ensure we consistently meet these rigorous standards, we utilize robust environmental management systems. The environmental management systems at all AMD owned and operated manufacturing facilities are certified to the International Standards Organization’s 14001 standard (ISO 14001).

Periodic assessments are conducted to determine the conformance of our manufacturing operations to our global standards. These assessments are often done in conjunction with periodic EHS regulatory compliance audits. Corrective actions identified during any EHS standards assessment or EHS regulatory compliance audit are expeditiously managed and tracked to closure.

Employees and the Environment

Our award-winning, global employee conservation program, Go Green, aims to engage and inspire AMD employees to reduce environmental impacts and improve their quality of life through a lifestyle approach to sustainability. Employee registration has increased by 60 percent since 2009, and includes 1,500 participants around the globe in 2013. AMD’s Go Green program targets three areas where employees potentially impact the environment: at home, during their commute to and from work, and in the workplace. In 2013, we held our second annual “Global Employee ECO Awards” to recognize those employees who embody environmental excellence in these areas.

Home: The Go Green Bi-Weekly newsletter highlights one aspect of personal sustainability per edition and explores this issue for our employees by incorporating prompting questions, intriguing facts, links to informative articles, calls-to-action, insightful quotes and even jokes. To help participants reduce environmental impacts and save money, more than 90 “eco-prizes” were awarded including reusable water bottles, grocery bags, water conservation kits and gift cards to fund conservation or social projects.

Commute: AMD encourages employees to use alternative transportation when commuting to and from work. In 2013, participants avoided over 1.2 million km of driving, which prevented 293 metric tons of CO2 emissions, conserved 116,000 liters of fuel and saved $177,000. Since the program began in 2007, more than 7.7 million km of driving have been avoided. Additionally, usages of AMD electric vehicle charging stations in Austin, Texas and Sunnyvale, Calif. have helped avoid nearly 23,000 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.

Work: At work, Go Green participants learn what AMD is doing as a company to advance sustainability, and what they can do as individuals. In 2013, AMD continued supporting the formation and development of employee-led Green Teams, now at 12 sites worldwide.

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