Environmental

We provide leading-edge technologies that enable electronic devices to deliver superior performance while reducing their energy consumption. Our research and development is at the cutting edge of driving down energy demands for computing power by increasing the number of calculations per kilowatt hour. As we help our customers reduce transistor size, through our research and development and the equipment we manufacture, we are supporting greater energy efficiency that can be realized in a wide range of different applications throughout the world by everyone. But we believe that we should do this while reducing our own impact to the environment.​

Net Zero By 2035


ASMI targets to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2035.

ASM recognizes the importance of the climate crisis to all stakeholders. Accordingly, this Net Zero aim is a priority in ASM’s sustainability strategy.

Commenting on the announcement, Benjamin Loh, CEO of ASM, "We have built a solid foundation of achievements in sustainability over the past years. We now take important steps forward with our sustainability strategy for the next horizon, of which this Net Zero target is a priority, as we strive to make a positive impact in the world".

The target includes setting science based targets for Scope 1, 2, and 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, with the aim: to reduce emissions as near to zero as possible, to maximize the sourcing of electricity from renewable sources, and to neutralize remaining emissions.

As the climate crisis transcends the actions of any one company, industry, or country, we intend to collaborate across our value chain for collective global impact. Further, ASM strives to embody high standards in the definition, scope, transparency, and realization of this target.

ASM’s next steps in its 2035 Net Zero target will be:

  • ASM has completed a detailed study of its Scope 2 emissions with the assistance of a recognized external expert, based on which it will source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources for all of its global operations from 2024 onward. Before that time ASM has the aim to:
    • Source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources for key sites in the U.S., The Netherlands, Finland, Japan, and Singapore, from 2021 onwards. Relative to its 2020, baseline this would represent a ~70% absolute reduction of ASM Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions.
    • Source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources for the remainder of its global operations from 2024 onwards. Relative to its 2020 baseline, this would represent a ~90% absolute reduction of ASM Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions.
  • We intend to align our target to the Paris Agreement 1.5°C pathway;
  • Size ASM’s Scope 3 footprint and set a target for all scopes before the end of 2022;
  • Accelerate the further energy and resource efficiency improvement of its products
  • Provide further interim goals on the pathway to Net Zero; and
  • Develop an emissions compensation and neutralization strategy to address residual emissions.

ISO CERTIFICATION

We are certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard at all of our manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. This sets a framework for our environmental programs and performance, but our vision and ambitions go beyond this framework.

Our approach:

Our approach to environmental stewardship starts with our philosophy of ZERO HARM! We believe that we can make the world a better place through responsibly managing our energy and water consumption, our product environmental footprint, and our enabling technologies. To drive this, we have set Global Environmental Targets, and we measure and report our progress annually.

WATER POLICY:


Water. We Care. We Conserve. Every Drop.

Water is one of the Earth’s most valuable resource. It cuts across all socio-economic factors. Clean water is taken for granted in many parts of the world and is not an unlimited resource.
ASM operations and the products we develop and sell depend on water availability and quality, and we recognize our part in protecting this valuable resource for our communities and globally.

Our impact on water resources associated with our operations and the equipment we design and sell, includes supply quality requirements, availability, and discharge quality. We continuously strive to reduce our impact through direct conservation efforts, responsible water discharge, and addressing associated triggers to water security including climate change. We engage with our stakeholders on water security, and through this strive for progress that exceeds minimum regulatory requirements wherever applicable. We align our approach with recognized standards, policies, and guidelines, including the OECD, the United Nations SDGs, and recognized water stress risk initiatives, and we set targets and objectives to measure our progress. We communicate our progress annually through the CDP Water Security report and our Annual Report, and drive progress on water security in our Supply Chain.

Progress


In 2016, we initiated a five-year target cycle for reducing our environmental footprint in key areas that are applicable to our business and aligned with industry standards, including the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standard for the semiconductor industry.

Our environmental targets and results for 2016-2020 were:


The scope of these objectives was our primary Engineering and Manufacturing sites in the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the US. As we look to the next horizon of 2025 and beyond, we are setting objectives to further improve our environmental footprint. These objectives will be announced in the second half of 2021.

To read more about our environmental strategies, including our approach and response to climate change, and targets and performance, please see our Annual Report.​​​​​​​​