Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest circuit manufacturer, presents a plan to reduce its impact on the climate. The circuit manufacturer wants to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, when it will have no positive or negative impact on the climate by compensating parts of the work.
Circuit manufacturing is a resource-intensive process that, in addition to special materials and chemicals potentially hazardous to the environment, also requires large amounts of water and electricity. In recent years, TSMC’s total emissions per silicon wafer have declined, but sharply increased demand for new circuits and manufacturing technologies has slowed the process down.
TSMC is deeply aware that climate change has a severe impact on the environment and humanity. As a leading global semiconductor company, TSMC must fulfill its corporate responsibility to meet the challenge of climate change. – Mark Liu, TSMC: s orförande
Factory electricity consumption is the largest source and, according to TSMC, accounts for about 62 percent of the company’s emissions. When the factories responsible for manufacturing the 3-nm node are operating at full capacity, it is estimated that they consume 7.7 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. By comparison, for example, it is estimated that an electrically heated villa in Sweden consumes an average of 25,000 kWh per year. TSMC accounts for 4.8 percent of Taiwan’s total electricity consumption, which is expected to rise to 7.2 percent next year.
Since Taiwan’s electricity production is largely dependent on fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, it is expected that TSMC will need to work with Taiwanese authorities to achieve its climate goals. The first sub-goal is set for 2025, when the company wants to flatten the curve and halt further increases in climate impact. It is not clear exactly how they plan to move forward, but the wind power plant will be built, among other things, which is expected to be completed in 2026.
Source: Ars Technica
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