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.

AMD’s two wafer manufacturing partners (TSMC and GLOBAL FOUNDRIES) received notable recognitions in 2016. TSMC was recognized as the “Industry Group Leader” by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year. GLOBALFOUNDRIES expanded its 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.​

AMD Environment Supply Chain Chart 2016
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Building Operations

AMD is operating at 43 locations in 19 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 partial ownership through joint ventures, 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

Science Based Targets Award


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

-Alberto Carillo Pineda, leader of the Science Based Targets initiative

2016 Status: AMD reports annual changes in GHG emissions, energy consumption, water use and waste diversion rate, as well as changes from the 2014 base year.

  • GHG Emissions: Performance against our 20% GHG reduction goal by 2020 continues to be strong, with scope 1 and 2 emissions 9% below the 2014 baseline, despite a 5% increase from 2015-16.2
  • Energy use reduced 16% since 2014 and 1% since 2015.3 
  • Water use has reduced 18% since 2014, despite a 14% increase from 2015-16 in part due to expanding water collection data in 2016​.4 
  • Non-hazardous waste diversion rate from the landfill in 2016 was 71%, compared to 72% in 2015 and 75% in 2014. There was a one-time disposal of non-operational waste in 2016 of 966 tons of non-hazardous soil and water from AMD’s superfund sites in California. With this one-time non-operational disposal included, the 2016 waste diversion would have been 26%.​5    

We continue to be in the US EPA Green Power Partnership as a Leadership Club member. 23 percent of our global energy used in 2016 was derived from renewable sources (wind), enough electricity to power 3,000 US homes for a year.6

“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.​​

Employee Health and Safety

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 workforce. 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 2016, AMD employees worldwide joined a global campaign called the Eco Challenge that encouraged individuals to adopt sustainable practices. The campaign encouraged participants to adopt new sustainable behaviors to reduce their environmental impact, such as eating local organic food, carpooling, and turning off office equipment. Employees set goals, track actions, and share ideas with others. Hundreds of AMD employees across 7 countries completed over 3,000 actions and helped AMD achieve 1st place among all participating businesses, and second place overall. 

Measurable savings include:7

  • 8,472 pounds of CO2 emissions avoided
  • 6,825 miles of commutes traveled by carpool, bus, bicycle, or walking
  • 1,504 plastic bottles and 1,508 disposable cups not sent to landfill
  • 18,090 gallons of water saved

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, AMD employees have generated 252,000 kilowatt hours of solar power, equal to burning 190,000 pounds of coal.8

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. In addition, AMD’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in North American sites, which support over 100 employee EV drivers, have used 1 million kWh of charging since 2010, equivalent to avoiding 126,000 kg of greenhouse gas emissions from fuel use.9

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 approximately 15 sites worldwide. Employee volunteer initiatives raise awareness and​ help the environment in local communities where AMD operates. For the 3rd Annual AMD Cares Day of Service in 2017, nearly 1,600 AMD volunteers at 20 sites globally participated in community volunteer events including park clean-ups, tree plantings, coastal clean ups, recycling education events, e-waste drives, sustainable farm plantings, and more.

Results include:

  • 290 bags of litter cleaned from the environment
  • 1,050 trees, and tree seedlings planted
  • 8 parks restored​10
  1. http://sciencebasedtargets.org/companies-taking-action/
  2. 2014 baseline GHG emissions of 57,585 MTCO2e, 2015 emissions were 50,087 MTCO2e, and 2016 emissions were 52,371. Increase from 2015-16 mainly due to a 15% reduction in renewable energy procured..
  3. Energy use was 149 Gwh in 2014, 126 Gwh in 2015, and 125​ Gwh in 2016.
  4. Water use was 195 million liters in 2014, 141 million liters in 2015, and 160 million liters in 2016. The 2015-16 increase was due in part to adding water consumption data in 2016 to include an AMD site that didn’t have water use data in previous years.
  5. Waste diversion rate equals weight of waste to landfill / (weight of weight to landfill + weight of weight to recycling). There was a one-time disposal of non-operational waste in 2016 of 966 tons of non-hazardous soil and water from an AMD Superfund sites in California. With this one-time disposal, the 2016 waste diversion would have been 26%. 
  6. AMD procured 28,611 MWh of Green-E certified renewable energy credits (wind) in 2016. Home equivalent is estimated by EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Calculator - https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
  7. Estimates provided by Northwest Earth Institute, administrator of the EcoChallenge, based on actions entered by AMD employees and contractors
  8. Estimated by AMD based on reported employee home solar installations
  9. Based on reporting from the vendor’s online software reporting tool for AMD’s stations
  10. Results reported by volunteers and collectively estimated by AMD