Suzanne Fallender, Intel Corporation - Intel and Water Conservation


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  • Background : Intel purchases fresh water from the City of Chandler, and uses most of it to produce ultra pure water for its manufacturing processes. Once used, this water is still suitable for a number of on-site and off-site reuse and recycling programs. Intel’s Ocotillo Campus demand for water is well positioned with advanced water conservation strategies for optimizing recycling and water conservation practices. Cleaning silicon wafers during fabrication is one of the largest uses of water in Intel’s factories. Intel purchases fresh water from the City and turns most of it into ultra pure water for use in manufacturing. Once used, this water is still suitable for several on-site and off-site reuse and recycling programs. Intel and Chandler’s strong partnership has made it possible to implement a progressive water management system over the past decade which maximizes water conservation and reduces use of fresh potable by millions of gallons each day. Overall water conservation performance is achieved through the following 3 key approaches: Chandler Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Facility - AQUIFER RECHARGE Our Arizona site has a unique partnership with the City of Chandler which operates an Intel funded treatment process. Using reverse osmosis (RO) technologies, the wastewater from Fab 12, 22, and 32 are treated to drinking water standards and re-charged to the underground aquifer to replenish the groundwater supply in Chandler.  Since 1996, this water conservation strategy alone has resulted in over 3.5 billion gallons of water put back into the aquifer by Intel. This water conservation strategy supports a key City of Chandler effort to store water in the underground aquifer to assure the city has enough water to meet the future needs of all citizens and businesses for many more years even if the drought continues. Reuse of wastewater – RECLAIM Additionally, Intel over the past decade has utilized over 4.5 billions of gallons of treated wastewater from Chandler’s Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility in cooling towers, scrubbers, and landscaping avoiding the use of fresh potable supply. Each and every day of the year, the Arizona site takes back millions of gallons of processed wastewater from the City of Chandler sewage treatment plant to supply water to our cooling towers, operate our air abatement equipment, support the site landscaping, and irrigate the farm fields around the Ocotillo site. Internal water recycling - RECYLCE The use of advanced technologies such as RO and a Brine Evaporation System allows the Fab 22 Ultra Pure Water (UPW) system to operate as one of Intel’s most efficient high purity water treatment facilities, producing approximately 0.85 gallons of UPW for every gallon of fresh city water saving millions of gallons of water each year.
  • Suzanne Fallender, Intel Corporation - Intel and Water Conservation

    1. 1. Intel & Water Conservation Suzanne Fallender Director, CSR Strategy & Communications Intel Corporation Canadian Water Summit June 17, 2010
    2. 2. Integrated Approach to Corporate Responsibility Sources: Intel information based on multiple frameworks, including McKinsey and Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, “How Virtue Creates Value for Business and Society”, April 2009 Growth and Innovation Cost Savings and Continuous Improvement License to Operate and Governance Reputation and Goodwill “ Continuing our commitment to the highest performance in all we do — from product innovation to corporate responsibility — is good business.” - Paul Otellini, Intel President & CEO REVENUE OPERATIONS RISK MANAGEMENT BRAND
    3. 3. Intel’s Approach to Responsible Water Management <ul><li>Site selection </li></ul><ul><li>Short and long-term environmental goals </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce water demand at source </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous monitoring and reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse & conservation in new Fab design </li></ul><ul><li>UPW efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor recycling & conservation measures to local conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive transparency and water footprinting </li></ul>
    4. 4. Governance and Oversight <ul><li>Board-level responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Eco Management Review Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Intel Code of Conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Link compensation with environmental factors </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder engagement and SRI outreach trips </li></ul>
    5. 5. Policy and Goals <ul><li>Setting public goals </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce water use per chip 1 below 2007 levels by 2012 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Intel Water Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shareholder proposal and dialogue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human right to water tenets: safety, sufficiency, transparency, physical accessibility, responsibility </li></ul></ul></ul>1 Assuming a typical chip size of approximately 1cm 2 (chips vary in size depending on the specific product.)
    6. 6. Reporting & Transparency <ul><li>9 th annual Corporate Responsibility Report – May 2010 (GRI G3 report) </li></ul><ul><li>Integration into Annual Report/Form 10-K </li></ul><ul><li>Water reporting: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Absolute and normalized </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By major facility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By “scope” – direct, energy use, tier-1 suppliers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local conservation initiatives and investments </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Water reporting
    8. 8. Arizona Case Study Ultra Pure Water FABs Cooling Towers Air Scrubbers Wastewater Treatment Publicly Owned Treatment Works City Water Reclaimed Water City Water Demand (MGD) -1.5 7.7 Net 2.5 - - - Irrigation Chandler RO Treatment Plant Aquifer Recharge Evaporation Ponds -1.1 “ Toolbox” Technologies Internal Reclaim -2.6
    9. 9. Intel’s Water Savings <ul><li>Invested $100 million in water conservation since 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Saved 36 billion gallons of water – enough for 335,000 U.S. homes for one year </li></ul><ul><li>2007 U.S. EPA Water Efficiency Leader Award </li></ul><ul><li>2010 CERES Water Reporting Rating </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes to our performance/inclusion in leading sustainability/CSR indexes </li></ul>
    10. 10. Questions Read more at: [email_address] Twitter: @sfallender Blog: