Lam Research is committed to integrating environmental sustainability as a key component of our business processes. To this end, we identified a number of metrics several years ago to improve our impact on the environment and put separate programs in place to drive to these goals.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3% below the 2010 baseline by the end of 2014
Lam’s primary contributors to greenhouse gases are our use of natural gas for heating, fluorinated gases in research and development activities, and electricity in our manufacturing operations and physical plants. At our facility in Villach, Austria, all of the electricity used since 2011 has been from 100% renewable resources, so that facility’s contribution to global warming since that time has been essentially zero. In 2012, Lam set up a Global Energy Team to identify, track, execute, and manage global facilities projects aimed at reducing energy consumption. The team is already seeing results from its work—total companywide energy use dropped by 2% from 2011 to 2012, and we’re well on our way to our goal of cutting energy use by 5% by the end of 2014 against our 2010 baseline.
Reduce hazardous waste disposal by 5% below the 2010 baseline by the end of 2014
Hazardous wastes are generated as a result of Lam’s business operations and are managed and tracked to comply with governmental regulations. In 2012, we began to re-evaluate our hazardous waste streams and identify potential recycling opportunities or alternative disposal options. In that first year of the new program, we were able to recycle 6% of the total hazardous waste generated across the company.
Achieve and maintain a solid waste diversion rate of 85% by the end of 2014
Solid waste at Lam’s facilities is sorted to segregate recyclable materials and divert waste from disposal in landfills. Since 2006, the average landfill diversion rate at the company has risen from 54% to 88%, and we continue to see further opportunities for recycling. In 2012, we increased our material segregation by composting cafeteria waste, and we’re using new equipment to shred and compost foam packaging and paper for recycling across our manufacturing facilities.
Since 1997, Lam’s Core Values have guided our decisions, solving problems across every area of our business. We view social responsibility and programs such as environmental sustainability as a natural expression and extension of being a values-based company. To learn more, please visit our Corporate Social Responsibility webpage.