The semiconductor manufacturing process requires large quantities of water with a very high level of purity.
Tackling the challenges of water scarcity has been a fundamental part of our strategy since 1994 and our overall water footprint has been reduced by 72% through continuous improvement programs undertaken at all our manufacturing sites.
Our 2025 goal is to reduce our water consumption by 20% compared to 2016 (normalized values).
|Water management approach|
Evaluation of water use patterns
Each manufacturing site conducts regular, detailed analyses of how every drop of water is used in the production processes, which enables us to identify and focus on the most water-consuming or polluting production phases. ST’s Corporate Environment team also conducts product Life-Cycle Assessments to calculate the virtual water content of our products throughout their whole life cycle.
3R approach : Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
ST sites are designed to support the reduce, recycle and reuse approach. Based on each site’s own assessments, specific measures are taken to further reduce consumption and increase recycling rates, mainly through the upgrade of manufacturing equipment and processes.
Collaborating with local communities
Our sites work closely with local stakeholders to reduce their water extraction and consumption, and to ensure a sustainable approach that takes into account the needs of a wide range of community stakeholders. This is documented in our manufacturing sites’ EMAS Environmental Statements, available on request from each site.
|Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals|
Our commitments and programs related to Water contribute to:
More details on programs and performance are available in our latest Sustainability report.
Our Environmental Policy and procedures describe how we prevent pollution, reduce consumption of natural resources, reduce waste, and minimize the impacts of our manufacturing operations. Our Policy is in line with international and local regulations, incorporating best practice principles from the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), as well as the ISO 14001 and 50001 international standards.
Our Policy is supported by our Sustainability charter which outlines our commitments for the six seven years and replaces our 2014-2020 Decalogue (see Decalogue results published in our 2021 Sustainability report)