Global semiconductors specialist ST Microelectronics has announced that all six of its front-end manufacturing sites have achieved certification to the latest, most stringent ISO 50001 energy management standard.
ST’s Agrate site in Italy was the first to achieve the ISO 50001 certification, followed quickly by Catania in Italy and ST’s other front-end sites in France (Crolles, Rousset, Tours) and Singapore (Ang Mo Kio).
The certification process involved developing tools to systematically measure the energy consumption of each piece of equipment including buildings, and chiller and compressed dry-air equipment, and to analyse the sites’ overall energy usage. A common platform, which includes a documentation database, reporting tools and processes, has been developed and shared internally to establish and promote best practices. ST estimates that the certification process will contribute to saving 14 GWh of energy and US$ 2m in the 2013-2014 timeframe.
Each manufacturing site is committed to implementing energy performance indicators to both monitor and optimise its consumption of electricity and natural gas and explore all opportunities to minimise the amount of energy used, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Edwin Dobson, Director Facilities, Front-End Manufacturing and Technologies, STMicroelectronics explains environmental performance and energy management are rooted in ST’s culture and have been a priority since the start. ST began upgrading their energy management systems in anticipation of ISO 50001 before the standard was finalised.
He adds all ST products and technologies are recognised today as enabling low energy consumption for the end user.