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austriamicrosystems to be fully carbon neutral by 2015

Posted: 01 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:carbon neutrality? environmental efforts? clean technology?

austriamicrosystems AG has announced its ambitious plans to reach full carbon neutrality by 2015 and become the first semiconductor manufacturer in the world to do so.

In its ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible, austriamicrosystems has been actively reducing its carbon footprint since 2004, achieving a reduction of 50 percent of carbon dioxide equivalents or 31,000 tons by 2010 through its actions. Over the last two years, austriamicrosystems has completely mapped the carbon dioxide generation of all company activities, including its employees. This year, the company will further reduce carbon dioxide emission equivalents by more than 9,000 tons by switching to 100 percent green electricity, based mainly on water generated sources.

"At austriamicrosystems, we consistently review the impact of our business on the environment and take steps to reduce pollution on the planet," said John Heugle, CEO of austriamicrosystems. "We've always been focused on clean technology to reduce our carbon dioxide impact, so we are proud to announce that we are making significant progress toward the zero carbon footprint goal we have set for the company. Investments into energy savings, sustainable energy projects and carbon dioxide reduction programs not only help our environment, but also provide significant business advantages to us which create benefits to our customers. austriamicrosystems has taken a leadership role in this important effort and hopes other companies in the semiconductor industry will follow."

austriamicrosystems officials said the company continuously invests in the efficient use of energy and natural resources for environmental excellence. Programs in operation or in development include thermo-solar cooling, state-of-the-art cleaning of waste water and exhaust air, creating products for renewable energy applications, and biomass plant construction to enable the use of renewable fuel sources for heating and chilling requirements. The implementation of these programs has already reduced the company's use of coal- and oil-generated electricity and will soon free austriamicrosystems from dependency on imported natural gas, a key step toward the carbon neutrality target.

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