Paul van Gerven
28 October 2021

Apple is the first company to join Imec’s brand-new research program aimed at reducing the ecological impact of companies operating across the semiconductor supply chain. With models and carbon footprint analyses, the Sustainable Semiconductor Technology and Systems (SSTS) program will inform partners of the environmental impact of their choices.

Imec building
Credit: Imec

Chips are a major contributor to the carbon footprint for companies such as Apple. Research has shown, for instance, that close to 75 percent of a mobile device’s CO2 emissions can be attributed to its fabrication, with almost half of that resulting from the underlying IC manufacturing.

“Many systems companies are carbon neutral today for their corporate footprints and have expressed the ambition to have their entire carbon footprint to net zero by 2030. They’re very committed to achieving that goal, yet often lack the data to decipher the IC part end-to-end. That’s where Imec comes in. We have that data, and are ready to support the industry with all necessary insights, tools, instruments and numbers,” comments Luc Van den hove, CEO of Imec.