Environmental Sustainability

AMD has a long history of environmental responsibility and transparency. We set ambitious, science-based environmental goals and publicly report our progress. Our goals and programs are designed to minimize environmental impacts in supply chain, across our global building operations, and even to our employees’ actions. We have a robust system to manage risks to the environment, and we engage suppliers, customers, investors, and employees worldwide to participate in our sustainability efforts.

Supply Chain

Silicon wafer manufacturing represents the bulk of AMD’s environmental footprint within our supply chain. Starting in 2014, we partnered with our Foundry suppliers to establish “best-in-class” environmental, health and safety goals for AMD wafer production. These goals were designed to significantly outperform industry averages across environmental and safety performance metrics. In 2016, we are expanding this approach with other direct manufacturing suppliers.

AMD and our two wafer manufacturing partners (TSMC and GLOBAL FOUNDRIES) are on-track for each goal as of the end of 2015. In addition, both foundries received notable recognitions in 2015. TSMC was recognized as the “Industry Group Leader” by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the third consecutive year. GLOBALFOUNDRIES received ISO 50001 certification for its energy management system at Fab 1 in Dresden, as well as LEED Gold® certification for the Admin 1 building at Fab 8 in New York. Fab 8's Admin 2 building achieved LEED Gold® certification in 2014.

Building Operations

AMD is operating at 46 locations in 25 countries, including R&D facilities, data centers, and international sales offices. As of 2016, AMD no longer operates test and assembly facilities in Malaysia and China, but we retain part ownership through a joint venture, and continue to work closely with these facilities and other manufacturing partners through our supplier responsibility program. (see Supply Chain) 

After achieving our previous environmental goals (2009-2014), AMD has established a new 2020 goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 20% (includes scope 1 and 2 emissions, from a 2014 baseline. The goal was verified by the Science-based Targets Initiative to be aligned with the reductions needed to avoid the worse effects of climate change, by keeping global temperatures from raising 2 degree Celsius.1

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2015 Results: Performance against our new 2020 GHG goal was strong, achieving a 13% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions.2 We also achieved an 11% reduction in absolute energy use, 10% reduction in global water use, and a 77% diversion of non-hazardous waste from the landfill.  The 2015 savings from conservation efforts exceeded $4 million USD.​

We continue to be in the US EPA Green Power Partnership as a Leadership Club member. 13 percent of our global energy used in 2015 was derived from renewable sources (wind), enough electricity to power 3,225 US homes for a year.3

“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.


Environmental, Health, and Safety

AMD’s environmental, health and safety (EHS) culture reflects our corporate values.  In each business decision, we strive to apply the highest level of integrity and accountability for global environmental stewardship, and for the health, safety, and well-being of our employees. From our facilities and local communities in which we operate, to the global community where our products serve, our standards of world-class performance are applied without compromise. This culture of EHS excellence is built by all AMD employees worldwide, and we are committed to enabling them through training, resources, and management support.

Global EHS Vision - A globally integrated and world-class approach to environmental stewardship and employee health, safety, and well-being.

Global EHS Mission - Lead through innovative, customer-centric solutions that uphold the highest standard of environmental stewardship, and ensure the health, safety and well-being of our employees.

To fulfill our vision and mission, AMD established global 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


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 sustainable practices. 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 2015, we launched a web portal to support and encourage AMD employees to improve the environment. Called “My Sustainability,” the site lists 60 specific actions like eating local organic food, carpooling, and turning off office equipment. Employees can set goals, earn badges, and see their “Eco-Ranking” compared to peers. In 2015, employees entered over 1,000 actions that resulted in measurable savings:


  • Home:  AMD encourages employees to pursue sustainability at home as well as work. For example, the AMD Employee Solar Program provides free home solar assessments and discounted solar installations. Since launching in 2014, participants have generated 50,000 kilowatt hours of solar power, equal to burning 37,000 pounds of coal7.  Another initiative is the “farm-to-home food delivery program” (at certain NA sites) whereby employees get discounts on organic produce delivered from a local farm.
  • Commute: AMD encourages employees to use alternative transportation when commuting to and from work, like discounts to a bike shop, pre-tax transit and vanpool passes, carpool matching and parking, and telework. Since 2007, employees have logged 9.4 million kilometers (5.8 million miles) of alternative commuting, avoiding CO2 pollution equal to consuming 964,000 liters of fuel (254,000 gallons), and saving employees $1.3 million in fuel costs. In addition, AMD’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in North American sites, which support over 100 employee EV drivers, have avoided 99,000 kg of greenhouse gas emissions and 30,000 gallons of fuel8.
  • 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. Employee volunteer initiatives raise awareness, like promoting reusable cups in breakrooms, which saved 218,000 cups in 2015 and $15,000 USD, or organizing special events like Earth Week fairs.
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  • Eco-Awards: To recognize employees who embody environmental excellence, we hold Employee Eco Awards whereby winners receive a custom bamboo engraved plaque from an AMD Executive. In 2015, winners of the fifth annual “Global Employee ECO Awards” include:
    • Water Warden: COLBY RENFRO
      Mile High Design Center: Saved 230,000 liters of water.
    • Energizer: JAMES DEPENNING
      Boston Design Center: Conserved 5,600 kilowatt hours of electricity.
    • Trash Talker: JOHANN PAIS
      Austin: Avoided 400 kilograms of waste to landfill.
      Markham: Completed a total of 40 sustainability actions and achieved AMD’s top eco-ranking!