ST has always placed high priority on adopting the best practices in environmental protection, water conservation and reductions in waste and pollution emissions.
STMicroelectronics is the world’s fifth largest semiconductor company with market leadership in many fields. In the 1980s, the company was one of the first in the semiconductor industry to incorporate sustainable business practices and promote environmental protection to its stakeholders. By the early 1990s, the company made voluntary environmental reporting an integral part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.
With a long established and strong manufacturing presence in Singapore, ST has always placed high priority on adopting the best practices in environmental protection, water conservation and reductions in waste and pollution emissions. Since 1984, the ST wafer fabrication plant in Singapore has made significant investments in environment-related projects. The company has continuously achieved significant results in reducing energy consumption and water conservation and recycling, both of which are on-going key priorities of the company.
Some highlights of the company’s environmental achievements include: daily savings of 6000 m3 per day or about 2.6 Olympic-sized swimming pools per day of water in 2009 using its water reclamation system; total savings of 3.5 million kilowatt-hour worth of energy in 2008 through energy-efficient equipment and chillers – this represents sufficient energy to power 800 HDB 4-room flats in Singapore for a year; and a recycling rate of 79% of its waste in 2008, with only 1.5% going to landfill and the rest incinerated to recover energy.
Other equally important sustainable development projects include the recovery and recycling of chemicals used in its manufacturing process and point-of-use abatement systems to clean the effluent process gases before release to the environment.
ST also believes in educating and nurturing a green mindset amongst its people. It organizes in-house trainings and conduct educational trips to water reclamation plants and waste treatment facilities operated by government agencies. Its environmentally-aware employees are the main driver of innovation and implementation of initiatives to conserve, reduce, reuse and recycle at ST.
Since 2004, ST has been a firm supporter of NEA’s Adopt-A-School program, nurturing and mentoring students to take ownership of the environment through joint projects. In partnership with NParks, the company also sponsored a reforestation plot at Bukit Timah Reserve. As testimony to its efforts, ST was awarded the Singapore Environment Achievement Award and the Singapore Green Plan 2012 Award in 2004.
A forerunner in championing sustainable development, ST sets an example of how private organizations can play a leading and fulfilling role in protecting and conserving the environment through responsible business practices and community outreach initiatives.