GlobalWafers has been responding to the challenges of global climate risks by dedicating to environmental sustainability in its manufacturing processes, renewable energy adoption and business strategies.

GlobalWafers took the initiative in 2021 and committed to 100% renewable energy usage by 2050 in its global operations, and formally joined RE100 initiative in 2022 to reaffirm its determination to sustainable operation. As one of the very few semiconductor manufacturers that owns its solar power plants, GlobalWafers actively invests solar power plants to gain more flexibility and advantages in energy use, such as reducing carbon emissions, enhancing operational resilience, and meeting regulatory requirements more effectively. While the demand for clean energy continues to grow, GlobalWafers looks forward to positioning itself for long-term success in a rapidly evolving market.

GlobalWafers’ commitment to green wafer manufacturing is exemplified by its operation sites in Denmark and Italy. GlobalWafers’ Danish site, Topsil, is poised to become the first semiconductor crystal manufacturing site to utilize its own installed 100% green electricity during 2H of 2024. 

By constructing a new solar park with an estimated capacity of 10.2MW, the power plant is expected to generate 9,500,000 kWh per year. Accordingly, Topsil is set to produce more electricity than it consumes, marking a significant milestone in GlobalWafers’ green manufacturing process.

Besides, GlobalWafers’ Italian site, MEMC Electronic Materials S.p.A., is also expected to reach 100% green electricity usage in the 12” new line during the capacity ramp-up stage in 2025. Leveraging power purchase agreements, installation of solar panels, and actively exploring alternative clean energy sources, the Italian site demonstrates GlobalWafers’ multifaceted approach to achieving its RE100 target.

With its global presence, GlobalWafers emphasizes local supply to minimize transportation distances, consequently reducing the carbon footprint and the potential impact of carbon tariffs, while also mitigating geopolitical risks. In a proactive move, GlobalWafers has implemented Internal Carbon Pricing mechanism, urging each site to consider the environmental impact of its operations. By accounting for the true cost of carbon emissions, GlobalWafers aims to foster a culture of informed decision-making that prioritizes sustainability.

To showcase solidarity with global transition towards net zero emission, GlobalWafers participates in the “Earth Hour 60” initiative again this year with affiliated group companies. On March 23rd at 8:30 pm, GlobalWafers’ Taiwan sites will switch off unnecessary lights and power-consuming equipment for one hour. This symbolic gesture underscores the GlobalWafers continuous commitment to energy conservation and carbon reduction.

As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change, GlobalWafers, as a long-term partner of its customers, not only actively considers implementing SBTi, but also remains steadfast in its pursuit of a sustainable environment. By embracing renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and strengthening green wafer manufacturing, GlobalWafers is leading the charge towards a greener, more sustainable future.

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