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WSC details policy recommendations at annual meeting

Posted: 24 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor? memory component? European Semiconductor Industry Association? Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association? Korea Semiconductor Industry Association?

The World Semiconductor Council (WSC) ended its sixth annual meeting in Newport Beach, California, with the issuance of a joint statement by the five member associations: European Semiconductor Industry Association, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, Korea Semiconductor Industry Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association.

In the statement, the WSC reaffirmed its pledge to reduce PFC emissions by at least 10 percent by 2010 and to promote the efficient utilization of energy resources for both semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers. Through the WSC's ESH Task Force, a set of objectives has also been formulated regarding chemical management.

The WSC also encouraged government authorities to pursue policies that will foster growth of the Internet and electronic commerce. The group reaffirmed its call for specific policy approaches. In particular, the WSC cited recent proposals to impose special levies on memory components as an example of a policy that would adversely impact the ability of consumers to benefit from the Internet.

The results of the meeting will be submitted to the respective governments/authorities of the members of the WSC for consideration at the annual meeting of WSC representatives with the governments/authorities to be held in September 2002 in Tokyo, Japan.

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