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Overview

At AMD, we believe technology plays an important role in ensuring a clean and connected world for future generations. Achieving sustainability is not only attainable, it’s imperative. 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 suppliers, or efficiently powering millions of AMD-enabled devices.

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 and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AMD’s initiatives to manage environmental performance extend across our value chain, including AMD operations, supply chain manufacturing, and product stewardship. We set ambitious goals, including verified science-based targets, and publicly report on our progress annually. The engagement and support from our suppliers, customers, investors, and employees worldwide are important to advancing our sustainability efforts.

Learn more about our perspective on climate change and energy efficiency

Our Goals and Progress

Value Chain Stage

2020 Goal

2017 Performance

Status

AMD Operations

Reduce absolute GHG emissions by 20% from a 2014 baseline (scope 1 & 2)

12% below 2014 baseline

Wafer Suppliers

GHG emissions (scope 1)

75% below SIA average per MI1

74% below SIA average per MI

Electricity use

40% below SIA average per MI1

29% below SIA average per MI

Water use

40% below SIA average per MI1

44% below SIA average per MI

Hazardous waste recycling rate

65% or higher

54% recycling rate

Injury and illness rate

Reduce year over year

14% below 2016 rate

Product Use

Deliver at least 25x more energy efficiency in our processors for mobile products, from a 2014 baseline2

5.66x above 2014 baseline

Key: ◉ On Track ◐ Challenged ◆ At Risk

Managing AMD’s Environmental Performance

AMD’s commitment to environmental stewardship is reflected in our long-standing corporate values and culture. For over twenty years, AMD has been transparently reporting on our environmental initiatives and performance. While our business models and strategies have changed, our fundamental commitment to environmental stewardship remains consistent.

As a semiconductor design company with no manufacturing operations, AMD tracks and reports performance for our own operations as well as supply chain manufacturers [Link to Supply Chain part of this section], the latter of which represent the majority of AMD’s overall value chain environmental impacts.

Learn more about how we manage environmental issues:

 

Operations

AMD operates in 42 locations in 23 countries, including R&D facilities, data centers, and international sales offices. Across our facilities and the local communities in which we operate, we strive to apply the highest level of integrity and stewardship for environmental performance.

When reporting performance for our operations, we note the last year-over-year change as well as a comparison to a 2014 baseline, which was the first year all environmental data from manufacturing AMD products was reported under supply chain due to a divestiture of AMD manufacturing operations.

Energy and GHG Emissions

Within our operations, our campuses and data centers account for the greatest energy use and associated GHG emissions. To manage related impacts, we source renewable energy and implement energy conservation projects, such as equipment upgrades or optimizations. We continue to be in the Leadership Club of the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

In 2017, performance against our 20% GHG reduction goal by 2020 continues to be strong, with scope 1 and 2 emissions 12% below the 2014 goal baseline, and 4% below 2016. We have reduced energy use by 13% since 2014. While there was a 4% increase in energy use from 2016-17 due to site expansions and increased data center load, we increased the use of renewable energy by 11% over the same time period. AMD continues to source renewable energy credits in the U.S. (Green-E certified wind), which in 2017 represented 29% of global energy use, enough to power approximately 4,180 homes in the U.S. for a year.3

Water

In 2017, water use in AMD’s own operations increased by 3% since 2014 and by 25% since 2016. The recent year increase was largely due to more datacenter load and cooling requirements, as well as higher temperatures at our sites and related irrigation use. AMD sites collect rainwater and reuse gray water at facilities in Austin, Texas, and Bangalore and Hyderabad, India.

Waste and Effluents

We manage effluents and waste at AMD operations, including water discharges and hazardous and non-hazardous waste. In 2017, wastewater was measured at our two sites with wastewater permits, Austin, Texas and Sunnyvale, California, with volumes decreasing by 15% since 2014 and increased by 5% since 2016.

AMD’s non-hazardous waste diversion rate, or the amount kept out of the landfill, was 70% in 2017, compared to 71% in 2016. A small amount of regulated hazardous waste, 8 metric tons, was generated in 2017, compared to 6 metric tons in 2016. In 2018, our headquarters was relocated from Sunnyvale to Santa Clara, California.

2017 Operational Performance Summary

Compared to 2014 baseline:

  • Energy: 13% reduction
  • GHG emissions: 12% reduction
  • Wastewater: 15% reduction
  • Water: 2.5% increase
  • Non-hazardous waste diversion: 5 percentage points below (from 75% to 70%)

See data tables for time-series data and footnotes.

“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, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch of U.S. EPA.

Supply Chain

Silicon wafer manufacturing represents the bulk of AMD’s environmental footprint within our supply chain.  Starting in 2014, we partnered with our wafer suppliers to establish “best-in-class” environmental, health, and safety (EHS) goals for AMD wafer production. These goals were designed to significantly outperform industry averages across EHS performance metrics. Each quarter we track progress toward these goals, which cover energy, GHG emissions, water, hazardous waste recycling, and injury and illness rates.

Outsourced assembly and test (OSAT) facilities, located in China; Malaysia; Thailand; Taiwan, China; and other regions, also contribute to our supply chain footprint. AMD works with these suppliers annually to track and compare environmental impacts related to manufacturing AMD products.  AMD no longer operates test and assembly facilities in Malaysia and China, but we retain a limited ownership stake through joint ventures.

AMD communicates our expectations to all suppliers that they meet all applicable laws and regulations, as well as the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct. Learn more in the supply chain section.

Energy and GHG Emissions

GHG emissions are generated at wafer manufacturing facilities directly from fuel use (scope 1) or indirectly from electricity generation (scope 2). In 2017, our foundry partners significantly outperformed industry averages for GHG emissions and electricity use by 74% and 29% respectively, based on a manufacturing index.4

Water

Across AMD's value chain, the highest use of water and generation of effluents occur at the contracted wafer manufacturing stage. AMD works closely with our foundry wafer partners to understand water risks at the locations where AMD products are manufactured and to track and manage water use. This includes a public goal to maintain water use to 40% below the industry average based on a manufacturing index4, which these foundries met in 2017 by achieving 44% below the industry average.

Waste

To address our supply chain waste generation, we established a public goal to recycle 65% or more of hazardous waste at the wafer manufacturing stage. During 2017, our contract wafer manufacturers achieved a 54% recycling rate, compared to a 65% rate during 2016. AMD is working with the partner that did not meet the goal to identify improvement opportunities.

World-Class Manufacturing Performance

AMD’s wafer manufacturing partners, TSMC and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, have received notable recognitions over 2017 and 2018. TSMC has been recognized for the 17th consecutive year as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was selected as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies by Corporate Knights. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has achieved ISO 14001 for a global environmental management system, ISO 50001 certification for its energy management system at Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany, LEED Silver® certification for the Fab 8.1 fabrication facility in New York, as well as LEED Gold® certification at Fab 8 Admin 1 and 2 buildings.

Product Stewardship

We design innovative technologies that power millions of intelligent devices, from personal computers to cloud servers and more. We strive to create products that improve people’s lives while minimizing environmental impacts and energy use.

Product Ener​​gy Efficiency

​​​Maximizing the computing performance delivered per watt of energy consumed is a vital aspect of AMD’s business strategy. Our cutting-edge chip architecture, design, and power management features have resulted in unprecedented energy efficiency gains that outpace traditional industry trends.

Now we are taking it to a new level. With our aggressive goal of 25x20, we aim to exceed historic energy efficiency gains in our mobile processors by as much as 70% in the year 2020. Features from these innovative designs are utilized across other product categories, including graphics and servers. Our 25x20 goal means that, in 2020, if achieved, an AMD powered laptop will consume one-fifth the power and accomplish a task in one-fifth the time as an AMD powered laptop produced in 2014.

AMD remains on-track to meet this goal, which has received multiple leadership recognitions in 2017-18 including the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership (GEELA) Award, an Edison Award, and an Energy Manager Today Award.

25x20 energy efficiency chart

“AMD’s focus on improving typical-use power efficiency will likely yield significant consumer benefits, substantially improving real-world battery life and performance for mobile devices.”

Dr. Jonathan Koomey, a world-renowned expert on computing efficiency

Reducing Hazardous Substances

AMD is actively committed to our role in protecting the environment by reducing the amount of hazardous substances in our products. As a member of JEDEC, the solid state technology association, AMD is working with customers and suppliers to comply with several industry standards targeting lead, cadmium, and mercury among other chemicals used in electronics

For more information please visit our Product Environmental Compliance page.

Product Packaging

Packaging can refer to the materials used to ship our products as well as the protective coating around a semiconductor chip. The focus of this section is on packaging materials used for shipping and handling our products. AMD specifies the packing materials used for our products, including recyclability of materials and use of recycled content. AMD offers packaging that meets the requirements of the EU Packaging Directive (94/62/EC), as amended. In 2017, 100% of our packaging was made of recyclable materials, such as paperboard. Our packaging designers continuously seek out environmentally preferable packing materials, including recycled materials and non-toxic dyes.

Ryzen box

Developing an Innovative Packaging Solution

To celebrate the launch of the Ryzen™ processors, AMD engaged WOODCHUCK USA, a high-end custom wood products designer and manufacturer, to create a commemorative box to deliver to 500 reviewers. These sustainable, walnut boxes were the ideal packaging solution to present its new Ryzen™ 7 processors, along with motherboard and memory.

The box is part of WOODCHUCK USA's "Buy One. Plant One." Program where a tree is planted for every item the company makes and sells in order to promote forest growth and biodiversity. It takes about one adult tree to create 1,500 to 3,000 units of their various products, therefore they are replenishing forests at a rate up to 3,000 times their tree usage. As of July 2018, WOODCHUCK USA estimates this program has facilitated the planting of more than 1.3 million seedlings.5

AMD was proud to work with WOODCHUCK​ USA on this project that is not only sustainable but also regenerative.

Employees and the Environment 

Our award-winning, global employee environmental program, Go Green, engages and inspires AMD employees to reduce their environmental impact and improve their quality of life through sustainable practices. AMD’s Go Green program targets three areas where employees can make a difference and help the environment: at home, during their commutes to and from work, and in the workplace.

Home

AMD encourages employees to pursue sustainability at home through the annual Eco-Challenge in October (see below). For example, the AMD Employee Solar Program provides free home solar assessments, an online porthole for competitive bidding, and a $1,000 discount on home solar system installations. Since launching in 2014, AMD employees have generated 357,000 kilowatt hours of solar power, equal to avoiding approximately 132,000 kilograms of GHGs from burned coal.6

Commute

AMD encourages employees to use alternative transportation (i.e., rideshare, transit, cycling) when commuting to and from work and provides incentives such as discounts to bike shops, pre-tax purchases of transit and vanpool passes, carpool matching and parking, and telework. Each September, AMD promotes Commute Solutions Month to encourage AMDers around the globe to try sustainable commuting options. In addition, AMD’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at North American sites support over 150 employee EV drivers and have generated 1 million kWh of charging since 2010, equivalent to avoiding 185,000 kilograms of GHG emissions from fuel use or planting 6,800 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.6

Work

At the office, Go Green participants are encouraged to get involved in what AMD is doing as a company to advance sustainability and contribute as individuals. AMD supports the formation and development of employee-led Green Teams, now at approximately 15 sites worldwide. Each year, employee-led volunteer initiatives raise awareness and​ help the environment in the 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 and coastal clean-ups, tree plantings, recycling education events, e-waste drives, sustainable farm plantings, and more.

2017 results include:

  • 290 bags of litter cleaned from the environment
  • 1,050 trees and tree seedlings planted
  • 8 parks improved through restoration projects​

EcoChallenge

Each October, AMD employees participate in a global campaign called the Eco Challenge that encourages individuals to act to help the environment by adopting more sustainable practices. Team AMD participants commit to environmental actions such as eating local organic food, carpooling, recycling, and turning off equipment when not in use. Employees set goals, track actions, and share ideas with others. Hundreds of AMD employees across seven countries have completed over 6,000 actions, and AMD has reached 1st place among all participating businesses.

Measurable savings for 2016-17 include:

  • 22,104 gallons of water saved
  • 10,500 kilograms of CO2 emissions avoided
  • 13,412 kilometers of commutes traveled by carpool, bus, bicycle, or walking
  • 1,758 plastic bottles and 1,749 disposable cups diverted from landfills
Footnotes
  1. Based on an industry-standard measure of production called a manufacturing index (MI = square centimeters of silicon x masking layers x wafers per year) by comparing the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) average MI to AMD’s MI for 2017.
  2. Based on AMD internal testing as of 6/15/2018. Relative energy efficiency based on a 50:50 weighted average of CPU+GPU performance (variable “C”), as evaluated by Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark 11 P scores, divided by typical energy usage (variable “E”) as defined by: ETEC (Typical Energy Consumption for notebook computers), Energy Star Program Requirements Rev 6.1 10/2014. AMD “Kaveri” (2014) represents the baseline of 1.0X for CPU, GPU, and ETEC. AMD “Carrizo” (2015) efficiency 1.23C/0.35E=3.51X. AMD “Bristol Ridge” (2016) efficiency 1.36C/0.34E=3.97X. AMD “Raven Ridge” (2017) efficiency 2.47C/0.44E=5.66X. AMD “Raven Ridge 2018” efficiency based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution. Scores in order of Cinebench R15 nT/3DMark 11 P Score: “Kaveri” 232/2142 (100%), “Carrizo” 277/2709 (123%), “Bristol Ridge” 279/3234 (136%), “Raven Ridge” 667/4425 (247%), “Raven Ridge 2018” (based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution). AMD Reference Platform: “Kaveri” AMD FX-7600P, 2x4GB DDR3L-1600, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 8.1 x64 9600, Graphics Driver 13.350.0.0, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Carrizo” AMD FX-8800P, 2x2GB DDR3-1866, Crucial CT256M550SSD1, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Bristol Ridge” AMD FX-9830P, 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Crucial CT256M4SSD2, Windows 10 x64 10586, Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514, 1366x768 / AMD Reference Platform: “Raven Ridge” AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 15254, Graphics Driver: 22.19.655.2, 1920x1080 / AMD Reference Platform: “Raven Ridge 2018” based on expected characteristics of forthcoming solution. Results may vary with configuration and driver versions. RVM-108
  3. Based on 37,500 MWh of renewable energy credits, and EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator - https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
  4. MI=Manufacturing Index: Sq. cm of silicon x masking layers x wafers per year.
  5. Estimate based on – https://www.woodchuckusa.com/pages/buy-one-plant-one
  6. Electricity savings based on reported employee participation, and GHG savings based on EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator - https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator