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Intel launches global initiative to eliminate carbon and waste and achieve carbon-neutral computing

By Ken Wong - on 15 May 2020, 3:30pm

Intel launches global initiative to eliminate carbon and waste and achieve carbon-neutral computing

A water sustainability project Intel is carrying out. Image courtesy of Intel

With bushfires in California and Australia not far past, companies have realised that they need to lead the way in reducing carbon emissions and dealing with climate change if governments will not.

Intel’s recently released annual Corporate Responsibility Report laid out a series of environmental goals for company and partners over the next decade.

As one of its initiatives, Intel said that it would work with partners to achieve carbon-neutral computing to address climate change. To do this, Intel will use sensors and more efficient processor architectures to boost energy efficiency in new devices. Intel will also partner with material vendors on recyclable packaging and developing longer-term, energy-efficient architectures.

This is also the first time that an Intel CSR challenge has been expanded to include collaboration with partners, and across countries.

Other Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) initiatives include a shift to 100% green energy use, achieving net-positive water use, and zero waste to landfills from its manufacturing processes.

But it won’t be easy for Intel to do this alone.

Intel CEO Bob Swan said:

The world is facing challenges that we understand better each day as we collect and analyse more data, but they go unchecked without a collective response – from climate change to deep digital divides around the world to the current pandemic that has fundamentally changed all our lives. We can solve them, but only by working together.

Other Corporate CSR initiatives

Earlier this year, Microsoft pledged to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove all the carbon it has ever produced by 2050.  Acknowledging the difficulty, the company said it would try to achieve this ambitious goal by sourcing all of its electricity from renewable sources, electrify its global campus vehicle fleet, and invest heavily in new technologies.

Singapore based retailers have a national electronic waste (e-waste) recycling program at some of their stores to ensure that they are disposed of properly.

Manufacturers like ASUS have used their Green ASUS initiative to promote green and environmentally-friendly practices throughout the company. For example, their ASUS U Series Bamboo Collection uses fewer plastics used in the manufacturing process thanks to an innovative application of bamboo.