Towards Net Zero: Intel publish 2023 climate transition plan

Intel's 2023 sustainability roadmap outlines continued net-zero goals as it champions renewable energy and sustainable solutions across the tech sector

Intel has introduced a clear 2023 roadmap to highlight how it aims to achieve its greenhouse gas emission reductions and climate goals. 

Its Climate Transition Action Plan details the company’s path to reducing its climate footprint, with CEO Intel Pat Gelsinger introducing the report to outline the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices.

Ultimately, Intel's priority is to actively reduce its emissions in line with international standards and climate science. The report states that credible carbon removal credits or offsets to achieve its 2040 goal of net-zero Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions.

Building towards a tech-led net zero future

For more than two decades, Intel has set aggressive GHG reduction goals to conserve energy and minimise GHG emissions. It is continuing to collaborate with others in the semiconductor and other manufacturing industries to identify new and innovative approaches to reduce emissions.

In 2022, the company announced its goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across global operations by 2040. It aims to use 100% renewable energy and have zero waste to landfill. This year, the company has elevated this goal by outlining its first robust roadmap to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate goals.

“We are in a new era of global expansion where computing power has become foundational to a bigger opportunity and better future for every person on the planet,” says Pat Gelsinger. “It has the power to make industries more sustainable and to unlock new solutions in the fight against climate change. We are all participating in an evolving economy enabled by the magic of silicon. These tiny chips are essential to maintaining and enabling our modern lives. 

“As we continue to discuss exponential growth, we also must acknowledge the need to be more sustainable.”

Innovation at the heart of Intel's sustainability promise

Intel is continuously working to identify ways that its technology can help others to reduce climate impacts.

The company is committed to developing silicon whilst driving the lowest possible environmental footprint, taking its 2040 goal further by committing to work with its value chains to achieve net-zero upstream greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In particular, it has already reduced Scope 2 emissions over 47% since 2019, which is a result of the progress towards its goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity across our global operations by 2030. In 2022, Intel had already reached 93% renewable electricity globally.

Demand for semiconductors is increasing due in part to the role that technology plays in driving climate change solutions. As one of the world’s leading semiconductor design and manufacturing companies, Intel is championing collective action to achieve more sustainable computing. This was demonstrated by its founding membership of the Semiconductor Climate Consortium and founding of the Catalyze programme, which is a renewable electricity accelerator for the semiconductor supply chain. 

Whilst Intel is proud to lead the semiconductor industry in sustainable manufacturing, it is not underestimating the challenges ahead. It is working towards Scope 3 goals that will ensure more grid renewable electricity by offering smart grid technology solutions to partners and customers - and hopefully inspiring more within the tech sector to follow suit.

Gelsinger says: “We push forward with our purpose at the heart of everything we do - creating world-changing technology that improves the life of every person on the planet. This includes leaving our world a better place for generations yet to come.”


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