Sustainability--Viewpoints

Sustainability (Stan Myers)--Unless you’ve been asleep for the past year, you’ll be aware of the intense global focus on sustainability—everything from renewable energy to global warming. We cannot go a day without being confronted by sustainability issues such as global warming, environmental degradation, species loss, energy conservation, resource management and so on. Experts agree that those companies who look at the environment, health and safety (EHS) as an integral part of development, production and sales will be long-term winners in the market place.

Are SEMI Members Sustainable? (Jerry Coder)—Are SEMI members sustainable? Is the semiconductor industry sustainable? Jerry Coder ponders these questions. Coder is chairman of the SEMI Board of Directors and his concerns carry weight—and he’s not alone. Leaders in other industries are also questioning the future sustainability of their own business operations.

A Challenge to All SEMI Members—Get Involved in Global Care (Kenichi Sekiya)—In the year 2000, the semiconductor equipment and materials industry entered a difficult period, seeing an unprecedented downturn at the end of a cycle cut one-third of global production. In the seven years since then, the industry has made an energetic recovery. In the midst of this volatility…

GENESIS Project: Desert PV Network to Meet Global Energy Needs (Yukinori Kuwano)—My research on semiconductors goes back 40 years to when I joined Sanyo Electric at the beginning of 1960…but the oil shock of 1973 led me to begin research on photovoltaic cells using cutting-edge amorphous silicon (a-Si). Over the course of 40 years, the Japanese photovoltaics industry grew to be the largest in the world.

Green to Gold—Be Strategic, not Tactical (Daniel C. Esty)—The entire value chain in the semiconductor industry prides itself on innovation, attracting top talent, and offering solutions to customer problems. At SEMICON West, Daniel C. Esty, co-author of “Green to Gold–How Smart Companies use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage,” shared his insights.

Renewable Energy and Politics: A Tale of Two Technologies (Eddy Blokken)—The role of politics in renewable energy is significant. While government tariffs and subsidies have sparked incredible growth in photovoltaic, government policies are hindering fuel cell progress. Renewable energy accounts for less than 1 percent of the world’s energy demand currently.

Solar Goes Boom Boom Boom—Good for Business and the Planet (Eddy Blokken) The dream of the world’s second largest solar cell maker is to make solar power a cost competitive energy source. “If we don’t, we’ve failed”, said Anton Milner, CEO and co-founder of Q-Cells. With 1.6 billion people in the world without access to the grid—a number that will grow to 2.4 billion in the next several years—success in photovoltaic (PV) is critical.

Green Looks Greener (Ed Sperling) Brian Halla, chairman and chief executive of National Semiconductor, sat down with Electronic News/Electronic Business to talk about his company’s future direction, public policy and what’s wrong with the electronics industry. What follows are excerpts of that discussion.

The Next Challenge in EHS (Tetsuro Higashi)—As many of you know, Akira Inoue, a past president of Tokyo Electron, was instrumental in defining our vision of being an environmentally responsible manufacturer, and we continue to place great emphasis on our environmental, health and safety activities.

Introducing REACH (Mary Majors and Dawn Speranza)—On June 1, 2007 the European Union (EU) will enact a new chemical policy known as “REACH”, an acronym for the “Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals”. REACH applies to all existing substances, including those listed on the European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS) and any new substances manufactured for the first time in the future.

Ready, Set, Go…China RoHS Compliance at KLA Tencor (Ken Kapur)—On March 1, 2007, the China RoHS regulations went into effect. KLA-Tencor was ready, although we had less than six months prior to the deadline to prepare. Since the EIP list included KLA equipment and KLA tools are included under “Inspection Test Equipment”, we had to comply.