Environment, Health & SafetyADI and its employees are committed to protecting the environment and the health & safety of fellow employees, customers, and the public.
Energy Conservation Practices
We are committed to operating in a way that minimizes impacts to the environment and conserves resources used in our operations. We monitor the use of resources (energy, water, and materials) in our production operations and seize opportunities for efficiency improvements and conservation.
The highest demand for electricity in the Company comes from manufacturing tools. As such, we require all newly purchased manufacturing tools and equipment to meet minimum criteria for utilities consumption efficiency. In addition, we continue to monitor and evaluate industry developments for continuous improvement of energy utilization and efficiency. Our process equipment upgrades have resulted in more efficient use of energy.
Specific Actions / Projects
Since 2013 we have certified two new buildings and pre-registered one to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Standards. As a company committed to reducing its environmental footprint, we aim to design, construct, operate, and maintain our buildings in accordance with LEED standards or other green building standards over the long term. The latest addition to our LEED-certified buildings is our European R&D center in Limerick, Ireland. The building’s interior lighting saves more than 100,000 kWh a year compared to a typical lighting. More information on this can be found at our 2014-2015 Sustainability Report.
Energy efficiency and conservation has always been a part of our operations. In 2016 alone, we have implemented more than a dozen electricity reduction programs across our manufacturing sites such as installations of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and replacement of fluorescent bulbs with LED lamps. Non-investment initiatives such as lowering down the fan speed of Air Handling Units (AHUs) during night time at one of our Engineering hubs have resulted to more than 900,000 kWhr savings. Our collective efforts on electricity use reduction have resulted to more than 5 million of kWhr savings.
Due to electricity efficiency and reduction initiatives implemented at the site level, usage went down in 2016 by 1%. When measured against our production volume, this didn’t translate to a decrease primarily because activities performed that year (e.g. construction) weren’t necessarily related to production volume. We however expect that our electricity use will normalize once our expansions are complete.
|2016 Actual Performance Against 2015 Normalized Goals|
|Electricity Use||Wafer Fabrication||2.5% reduction from 2015 baseline||16.4% increase|
|Assembly and Test||4.4% decrease|
Beginning in 2017, our Ireland and Philippines facilities started using 100% renewable energy. This move reinforces our commitment to sustainable operations and anticipate that our CO2 emissions from purchased electricity would significantly decrease compared to our 2015 baseline.
AD Philippines 2nd Green Building
AD Ireland Platinum LEED -Certified