“AMD’s climate targets send a clear signal – that it’s committed to helping decarbonize the economy and power an energy-efficient future.”

- Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director of the Science Based Targets initiative

The Issue

Current global temperatures are rising at a rate unprecedented in recorded human history, largely due to greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by human activities, with 16 of the 17 warmest years on record having occurred since 2001.1 Temperatures are rising 10 times faster than during previous periods of warming and they are predicted to rise 20 times as fast in the next century.2

The information and communication technology (ICT) sector has an important role to play to address concerns associated with GHG emissions. On one hand, it is estimated that the ICT sector contributes 2 to 2.5 percent of global GHG emissions. The industry, however, has significantly improved the energy efficiency of computing devices. Meanwhile, ICT-enabled solutions (for example smart grids, smart buildings, smart logistics and industrial processes) are helping to transform the world toward a more sustainable and energy-efficient future.

By 2030 the ICT sector could help prevent or remove nearly 10 times the GHG emissions it creates3

AMD’s Response

We envision a world where technology minimizes environmental impacts while advancing economic growth. We recognize the need to significantly reduce the energy consumption and GHG emissions that result from making and using technology devices. In addition, we envision more technological solutions that help avoid more GHGs than they generate through greater efficiency of connected devices.

We see an important role for technology in the innovations required to develop and implement solutions at scale – from enabling a more energy-efficient economy to supporting sustainable approaches across geographies and value chains. As designers of microprocessors during a period of amazing growth in technology, we embrace the responsibility to protect our planet and the opportunity to help others save energy.

Building on over 20 years of advancing environmental protection and reporting, our ambitious 2020 climate goals span AMD’s value chain and have been verified by the Science Based Targets Initiative.4 We are steadfast in our commitments to environmental stewardship—whether it’s by sourcing renewable energy for our offices, demonstrating best-in-class manufacturing with wafer suppliers5, or efficiently powering millions of AMD-enabled devices. While we’re very proud of the progress we’ve made, we believe the greatest advancements are still ahead. For example, if we achieved our 25x20 energy efficiency goal in 2020, that would mean an AMD-powered laptop would consume 1/5th the power and accomplish a task on average in 1/5th the time as one produced in 2014.6

Recognizing no company can effectively address climate change alone, we actively collaborate with industry, government, academic, and non-profit partners. Working together, we can help solve the world’s climate challenges—by sharing what we learn, setting bold goals, and striving for continuous improvement.

For example, AMD supports global commitments and initiatives aimed at addressing climate change, including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13 to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. In 2017, we pledged that “We Are Still In,” signaling our support for the Paris Agreement to unite efforts to maintain the global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Looking forward, we aim to evolve our ambitions to support not just slowing climate change by reducing GHG emissions, but ultimately collaborating with the industry to help reverse the trends and lead towards a more stable climate. Many sectors – including those in both our supply chains and our customer markets – will have a role to play, and we consider this a potentially significant opportunity for our long-term business.

Achieving sustainability is not only attainable, it’s imperative.

Technology Enabling A Better World

A Clear Path - AMD’S 2020 Climate Commitments

Products: 25x improvement in performance-per-watt for mobile processors7

Operations: 20% reduction in GHG emissions (scope 1 & 2)8

Supplier Manufacturing: 75% lower GHG emissions (scope 1) and 40% lower electricity use annually, compared to industry average9

  1. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-noaa-data-show-2016-warmest-year-on-record-globally
  2. https://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/page3.php/
  3. Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index: State Leadership & Rankings, RILA and ITI, January 2017
  4. www.sciencebasedtargets.org/companies-taking-action
  5. AMD has environmental, health and safety goals with our wafer foundry suppliers designed to significantly outperform industry averages (e.g., 40-75% better than average), based on a normalized manufacturing index (Sq. cm of silicon x masking layers x wafers per year).
  6. See www.amd.com/25x20 for information on the calculation methodology.
  7. Typical-use Energy Efficiency is defined by taking the ratio of compute capability as measured by common performance measures such as Cinebench and 3DMark 11, divided by typical energy use as defined by ETEC (Typical Energy Consumption for notebook computers) as specified in Energy Star Program Requirements Rev 6.1 10/2014. See www.amd.com/25x20 for complete footnotes.
  8. 2014 goal baseline GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2) are 52,183 MTCO2e, and 2020 GHG goal target is 40,289 MTCO2e
  9. AMD has environmental, health and safety goals with our wafer foundry suppliers designed to significantly outperform industry averages (e.g., 40-75% better than average), based on a normalized manufacturing index (Sq. cm of silicon x masking layers x wafers per year).