The world needs to continue the fight against climate change and seek solutions for both CO2 and power consumption reduction. The call for green products has never been greater than today, a demand that will only increase in the coming years in all markets and impact mobility and energy consumption. The European Green Deal is striving to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent and will pave the way for a better future. Melexis is especially well positioned to contribute to the electrification trend in the automotive industry that is currently seeing an acceleration on the back of a heightened and justified attention to combating climate change.
An important environmental risk that Melexis faces is linked primarily to climate change, such as the higher occurrence of natural hazards. Melexis is mapping, proactively and together with our suppliers, business continuity risks including natural hazards, at every stage of the supply chain and ensuring mitigation of the main risks.
Another risk related to climate change is the potential need for increased expenditures and investments by players in the semiconductor industry to ensure compliance with new regulations to reduce the CO2 footprint. The production of wafers for instance is very energy and water intensive. Moreover, the environmental footprint of transportation of ICs is high, given the global nature of the semiconductor supply chain. Therefore, regulation in view of climate change could put pressure on the industry and lead to substantial increases in the cost of doing business.
Environmental diligence is an integral part of Melexis’ policy and values. We strive to engineer a sustainable future by planning for continuous improvement of carbon footprint (CO2 emission) and by strictly banning forbidden substances for our products. Our environmental strategy is based on compliance with legislations and relevant standards (ISO14001).
With a keen eye on reducing our ecological impact, our sites are actively analyzing environmental opportunities. By replacing its end-of-life and energy-gobbling old testing equipment with more efficient ones, Erfurt reduced its power consumption in production from 5 GW to 4.1 GW in 2019. In 2020, our sites in Ieper and Bevaix installed charge points for electric vehicles, fitting in nicely with our strategic mobility plans. Furthermore, the use of new chillers in the current Sofia building’s air conditioning helped save a projected 1 GW in electricity consumption.
Once our brand-new building in Sofia becomes fully operational, it is to be expected that it will positively impact our environmental performance data even further. The new state-of-the-art building was designed to minimize the risk of energy and heat waste. The amount of electricity used will be minimized by the use of low-consumption compressors and the amount of water used will be reduced by the collection and reuse of rainwater. To control the building’s temperature, we have targeted potential energy-loss points like windows and doors, we are recuperating heat emanating from the facility’s own equipment and we have opted for outdoor blinds to avoid the accumulation of heat inside.