Environment and Energy Policy

Intel public policy: How Intel promotes innovation worldwide

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Intel is the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and a world leader in computing innovation. As an American high tech manufacturer, more than three quarters of Intel’s revenue comes from outside the United States, yet roughly three quarters of its advanced manufacturing and research and design (R&D) is done here in the United States. Fundamentally, we believe that this manufacturing leadership should go hand in hand with environmental sustainability.

Intel remains the largest voluntary purchaser of “green” power in the United States, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a designation we have held since 2008. Energy efficient performance is a driving force in the design of our products. In 2013, we launched 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors that deliver industry-leading performance as well as the largest generational gain in battery life in Intel’s product history. Over the last decade, we have worked with suppliers and customers in efforts to eliminate lead and halogenated flame-retardants from our products. 

Key Issues

  • Information and communications technology (ICT) enabling climate change solutions: Recent studies verify that ICT devices, powered by Intel’s silicon products, can enable significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by driving end-use energy efficiency gains. Government policies should recognize and encourage a bigger role for the ICT industry in devising the climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions.

  • Smart energy efficiency regulations: When regulating the energy efficiency of ICT devices, governments should carefully classify devices so that different classes of products are not subjected to ‘one-size-fits-all’ limits. Regulations should also respect consumer preferences and avoid constraining device functionality.

  • Chemicals management policy should align environmental protection, the safe use of chemicals and U.S. technology innovation. Advancements in chemistry and materials science enable Intel’s technology innovation. The ability of our chemical suppliers to get new chemicals approved in a timely way, ensure the continuity of supply of existing chemicals and have their intellectual property protected are essential for Intel manufacturing competitiveness. In addition, as a “downstream user” of chemicals, our manufacturing processes and final products are also directly impacted by aspects of chemicals management policy. The perspectives “downstream users” of chemicals should be taken into account in modernizing the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA).