UMC Leads all Semiconductor Foundries with CDP “Leadership Level” Designation on Global Climate Change Assessment
UMC’s more than 10 years of success includes promoting the replacement of fluorine-containing C3F8 gas in the IC industry and establishing the “Eco-Echo” award to support 19 conservation programs
UMC announced its climate change policy 10 years ago and was the first in the semiconductor industry to promote a "fluorine-containing greenhouse gas reduction plan" to replace C3F8 with C4F8, which has a higher gas utilization rate, to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the IC manufacturing process. The positive response and follow-up of many partners within the semiconductor industry have enabled C3F8 to be almost fully eliminated from the IC production process.
UMC is leading by example, and has been promoting gas reduction in its manufacturing facilities since 2010, with gas usage having been reduced by more than 20% compared to before the plan’s implementation. In addition, UMC reduced fluorine-containing greenhouse gases by 1.285 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2018, which is equivalent to the carbon absorption of approximately 254 of New York’s
After completing the only carbon rights transaction approved by the
Co-president Chien continued, "UMC takes sustainable operation and fulfilling corporate citizenship as its top priority and will continue to invest in climate change prevention. After years of efforts, as of 2019, the fluorine content per unit area of greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by more than 50% compared to 2010. A large number of greenhouse gas reduction equipment is also being added, and carbon assets have been deployed in accordance with the voluntary reduction incentive mechanism announced by the government."
UMC took the lead in responding to the spirit of the CDP, linking industry value chains, inviting partners, suppliers and other global stakeholders to attach importance to the risks and opportunities brought by climate change and to integrate climate issues into overall business decisions. Looking to the future, UMC will also strengthen its own advantages and commit to the three aspects of environment, society, and governance (ESG) to continue to promote the concept of sustainability and exert key influence.
UMC Climate Change Related Initiatives
UMC carries out carbon footprint checks on all its manufactured products and has formulated standards as a reference for downstream manufacturers to promote greenhouse gas reduction. The company also requires that all new fab equipment be installed with high efficiency gas treatment systems that reduce fluorine gas in waste exhaust by more than 90%. In terms of manufacturing technologies, UMC introduced a low-carbon, low power process to reduce power consumption in end products and lessen the impact to the environment. In the supply chain, UMC’s
The CDP (
The Climate Change Program, initiated by the CDP, began in 2000 and invites thousands of companies worldwide to disclose their carbon management-related data, risks, and opportunities, and is about to enter its 20th year. At present, CDP represents more than 525 investment institutions that manage more than US
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