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 Environmental Sustainability

AMD has a long history of environmental responsibility and transparency, setting ambitious environmental goals and publicly reporting our progress. We have established a robust system to manage risks to the environment, and we engage employees worldwide to participate in our conservation efforts.

AMD ranked in the Top 1% of U.S. Companies on Environmental Management as reported by 2014 GEMS Benchmarking Analysis of U.S. Corporate Environmental Practices.

Facility Impacts

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, and 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.

AMD is proud to have exceeded our five-year environmental goals (2009-2014). Employees from around the globe – spanning Green Team volunteers to environmental professionals – implemented hundreds of conservation projects that delivered outstanding results for the planet, and saved AMD $6.5 million in 2014 alone.

Our company achieved these results through a variety of methods including data center consolidation, facility conservation, renewable energy sourcing, and employee green team projects. A total of ~125 energy, water, and waste conservation efforts were active at AMD sites globally in 2014, saving ~$6.5 million USD. For example, AMD’s data center consolidation project (2012-2014) created one of the largest internal cloud computing infrastructures in the world, and it saved 14,000 megawatts of energy, 6,650 metric tons of CO2 emissions, and over $1 million USD in energy costs. Other examples include collecting and reusing rainwater for irrigation; composting organic waste and reclaiming / recycling materials; and optimizing building equipment and lighting.

In addition to reducing global energy use by 31% since 2009, we further reduced our environmental footprint by sourcing renewable energy. Since 2009, AMD has used 358,000 MWh of renewable energy (wind), enough to power over 100,000 homes for a year and equal to the production of 68 wind turbines.

“EPA applauds AMD, a long-standing partner of the Green Power Partnership and Leadership Club member, for sourcing renewable energy since 2000 and powering approximately half of its U.S. operations with clean energy. The company’s green power commitment helps to reduce its climate impacts and provides an excellent example for other organizations,” said Jean Lupinacci, Acting Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division

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 2014 are shown in the table below.

GHG Emissions 5% reductionNon-Manufacturing: Absolute reduction (2009-2014) Ahead of target (24% reduction)
10% avoidance*Manufacturing: Project based reductions (2012-2017) Ahead of target (8.6% avoidance)
Water Use 20% reductionNon-Manufacturing: Normalized by employee count (2009-2014) Ahead of target (55% reduction per employee)
10% avoidance*Manufacturing: Project based reductions (2012-2017) Ahead of target (5.5% avoidance)
Waste (Non-hazardous)70% diversionPercentage of waste kept out of the landfill (2009-2014) Ahead of target (74% waste diversion)

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 & 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. AMD launched an employee solar program in 2014 with discounts on home installations.
  • Commute: AMD encourages employees to use alternative transportation when commuting to and from work. Since 2007, employees have logged 8.5 million kilometers (5.3 million miles) of alternative commuting, avoiding CO2 pollution equal to consuming 876,000 liters of fuel (231,000 gallons), and saving employees $1.1 million in fuel costs. In addition, AMD added 0 more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in 2014 at North American sites to support over 100 employee EV drivers.
  • Work: Go Green participants learn what AMD is doing as a company to advance sustainability, and what they can do as individuals. AMD continues supporting the formation and development of employee-led Green Teams, now at 12 sites worldwide, and recently launched our My Sustainability website to track and recognize employee efforts in environmental stewardship.