HSINCHU, Taiwan — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 28, 2010 — In the effort to conserve energy resources and reduce costs of semiconductor manufacturing operations, ISMI Environment, Safety & Health (ESH) experts reported on energy efficient strategies, addressing both fab facilities and processing equipment for semiconductor manufacturing operations at the International High Technology Environment, Safety and Health Conference (IHTESH) on June 20- 24, 2010 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The IHTESH is a multi-industry conference, attended by Semiconductor, PV, LED and TFT-LCD industries as well as government.
Researchers at ISMI’s ESH Technology Center are focusing on new ways to recycle and reuse products both internally and externally while decreasing the amount of new materials needed for manufacturing. ISMI presentations at IHTESH outlined green building technologies and design, idle mode energy reduction methodology and process results, and approaches to development of key environmental performance indicators (KEPIs).
In an opening-day keynote speech ISMI’s director, Joe Draina, outlined a historical perspective of ISMI initiatives and semiconductor ESH challenges ahead. Draina noted that in the next five years, some of the “same” ESH issues will continue, such as compliance with existing regulations, reduction of harmful fab emissions, and conservation of energy, water and chemical resources. Draina acknowledged that although semiconductor manufacturers have different needs, to effectively reduce ESH impacts manufacturers need to engage in cooperative projects to pursue a wide range of initiatives for sustainable manufacturing, industry environmental standards and green practices. In conclusion, Draina highlighted ISMI’s ESH Center and its key role in continuing to lead and drive the industry’s ESH efforts.
Additionally, in a series of three presentations, a team of ISMI ESH experts addressed the semiconductor-specific processes and energy reduction strategies, including:
For over a decade, the ESH Energy program at SEMATECH/ISMI has characterized energy consumption in semiconductor facilities at both the fab and process level. To further dedicate itself to providing green technology solutions that lead to reduced energy consumption, ISMI formed the EHS Technology Center in 2009. The Center provides a broad-based, collaborative platform for developing better environmental practices for the industry, with goals of increasing efficiency and reducing costs in semiconductor operations.
More information on the Center and its initiatives is available at http://ismi.sematech.org/esh.
About ESH Technology Center:
ISMI’s Environment, Safety & Health Technology Center is the industry’s first world-wide R&D center dedicated to cooperatively finding and implementing the most cost-effective environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and procedures. The ISMI ESH Technology Center ( www.ismi.sematech.org/esh/) is an extension to ISMI’s ESH program which is based on 11 years of SEMATECH and ISMI ESH efforts.
ISMI is a global alliance of the world’s major semiconductor manufacturers, dedicated to reducing cost per wafer and ultimately cost per die, through cooperative programs focused on manufacturing effectiveness. ISMI’s current program portfolio includes ESH, next-generation factories, 450mm, continuous improvement, and metrology. ISMI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEMATECH ( www.sematech.org).
Erica McGill, 518-649-1041