Including Greenhouse Gases

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Reducing NXP’s carbon footprint are initiatives that can make our world a better place. Regarding our operations, there are operational controls that we can make improvements to be a more responsible corporate citizen. Reducing our carbon footprint has been identified as a salient issue that our company can address and improve upon. We have company initiatives that focus on the effects of our operations and how it impacts the environment at large.

Semiconductor manufacturing is not considered a major contributor to global warming, but our operations do directly and indirectly emit greenhouse gases such as PFC’s and emissions from purchasing electricity. We measure, manage and report our Scope 1, 2 and some Scope 3 emissions. Emissions are reported in terms of tons of CO2 equivalents.

Goal

NXP’s 2020 goal is to reduce our normalized carbon footprint by 30% from a baseline year of 2010. In addition, NXP strives to aggressively reduce our “absolute” emissions, meaning a reduction regardless of the expended growth of production. Our production normalizer is based on the square meter of silicon wafers produced.

Strategy

NXP aims to reduce our carbon footprint, through utility consumption conservation, process optimization, greenhouse gas replacement, point of use abatement projects, optimizing product transport and business travel. As part of this effort, our combined sites had multiple reduction projects such as:

  • Installing new abatement equipment to reduce Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC) emissions
  • Using substitute chemicals to reduce heat transfer fluid emissions from our equipment
  • Design new testing equipment to capture emissions from heat transfer fluids
  • Increasing our consumption of renewable energy sources
  • Optimizing building operations and product testing processes
  • Powering down equipment when not utilized
  • Using efficient lighting technologies and schedules

Performance

Between 2010 and 2019, our normalized total emissions for Scope 1, 2 and 3 (direct and indirect) decreased by approximately 24% and our total absolute emissions reduced by 18%. Our normalized Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions increased slightly from last year due to the reduction of products produced, our denominator of the normalized calculations. However, our total absolute emissions have steadily decreased resulting from the many projects over the past 9 years.

Normalized Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions

Total Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions

Our Scope 1 Emissions include fossil fuel (e.g. to heat buildings and the use in generators), the six Kyoto gases: CO2, CH4, N2O and SF6, including PFCs in our manufacturing of integrated circuits, and the use of HTFs, such as HydroFluoroCarbons (HFCs) and Perfluoro Ethers for device testing and cooling purposes. Our Scope 2 emissions include electricity purchased. Our Scope 3 emissions include business travel and product transport.