AMD Targets 33% Cut In Normalized GHG Emissions

by | Oct 30, 2008

amd1008.jpgAMD released its eighth annual Global Climate Protection Plan (PDF). The company reports it surpassed its commitment to reduce GHG emissions in its operations by 40 percent and energy consumption by 30 percent from 2002 to 2007.

The company has since recommitted to reducing its GHG emissions by 33 percent and energy usage by 40 percent by 2010, relative to a 2006 baseline year. For the first time, AMD has also started to quantify and estimate its “Scope 3,” or supply chain’s GHG emissions.

AMD reported that its energy center, EVC1, has improved its thermal efficiency by more than 10 percent and can achieve a thermal efficiency of about 80 percent. While EVC2 achieves efficiencies of almost 84 percent. The company announced that its Dresden Fabs have very low emissions of perfluorocompunds (PFC), enabling AMD to reduce its PFC emissions by more than 95 percent below 1995 levels.

The company also announced that its Austin campus, designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, reduces energy use by about 20 percent over a traditional building of comparable size, and is powered 100 percent by renewable energy sources such as wind power and biogas from Austin Energy’s GreenChoice program.

In April, AMD released two energy-efficient Athlon chips.

A 2007 AMD report pegged global data center energy costs at $7.2 billion annually.

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