By 2040, Intel promises to produce "net zero" climate emissions

By 2040, Intel promises to produce "net zero" climate emissions ...

Following the company's earlier promises, Intel promised to effectively eliminate all its greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

While Intel is facing a particular challenge, the majority of its emission is from material used to produce its core product, according to computer chips. It may be difficult, or perhaps impossible, to identify alternatives that do not cause climate change.

So Intel said it may resort to "carbon offsets," a technique that seeks to reduce climate impacts by adopting measures to compensate for its own emissions. Environmentalists claim for carbon emissions, but Intel said it will count them toward its "net zero" goal "only if other options are exhausted."

Intel's pledge came as a result of an unusual Oregon weather. An unprecedented April snowstorm to commemorate Intel's D1X research facility in Hillsboro. It was. and last June, temperatures struck, breaking previous records.

It's impossible to connect a single weather event to climate change, but scientists agree that.

"The impact of climate change is an urgent global danger," Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement Wednesday. "Protecting our planet requires immediate action and fresh thinking about how the world works."

According to the State Department of Environmental Quality, Intel is Oregon's largest corporate employer, and is the state's seventh-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

According to Oregon, Intel's Washington County chip factories emit the equivalent of 331,620 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2019, the most recent year for which the state publishes data. (Georgia Pacific Corp. emits more carbon in Oregon than any other manufacturer, according to the state, about 1.6 million metric tons.)

Intel claims to have emitted the equivalent of around 3 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2020. About a third of that was from electricity usage; the rest was related to the company's manufacturing process, refrigeration, and air travel.

Intel said it intends to combine chemicals it currently uses to create semiconductors with alternatives that have a lower carbon footprint while simultaneously providing technological advancements. It said it will also develop new equipment to mitigate those effects.

Intel claims that its operations in the United States have been focused on renewable energy for over a decade, and that it intends to replicate that across its operations in other countries by 2030. De asemenea, Intel said it will work to maintain higher environmental standards and design more efficient computers.

This will require significant innovation and investment, but we are committed to doing what it takes and will work with the industry to accomplish this objective, said Keyvan Esfarjani, the Intel executive vice president and CEO of its global operations.

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