UniBetter’s Sustainable Electronic Component Solutions.

Published on: May 21, 2024

The semiconductor industry, which is vital for modern technology, is constantly evolving. With the zero carbon plan in mind, the semiconductor industry is now moving into a sustainable era.

In 2023, there was a decline in the industry and by Q4 of 2023, the industry was estimated to grow 12% in 2024. When the chip industry declines, as a result, the use of energy, water, and process gases with high global warming potential (GWP), lowers and vice versa. The semiconductor industry is now attempting to be sustainable by lowering the usage of energy, water, and process gases during the manufacturing process of chips.

Despite the growth in the industry, for 2024, Deloitte predicts that there will be a year-over-year decline in average water intensity and average energy intensity used by leading chipmakers that are renewable.

The resource usage reduction is mainly caused by the rise in greenfields which are brand new chip plants that use various sustainable equipment, tools, and processes.

Compared to the chip manufacturing technologies used 10-20 years ago, these new chip plants (greenfields) use more sustainable technologies.
However, manufacturing is not the only factor that should be considered when it comes to energy and resource preservation in the semiconductor industry. In the semiconductor industry’s sustainability equation, factors such as the energy used by chips after manufacturing, resource extraction, testing and packaging, distribution, and product life cycle are also important. At UniBetter, sustainability is at the forefront of our operations. We ensure that our entire process has a minimum impact on the environment and our efforts enabled us to get ISO 14001 certified.

 

European Union-headquartered chipmakers have set aggressive 2030 carbon zero targets. Some US-headquartered chipmakers have similar targets and others are aiming for 2040 or later. Apart from Singapore, most Asian-headquartered chipmakers are setting targets for 2050 and beyond while the rest are yet to set targets. UniBetter has over 7000 electronic component global supply chain channels and our team closely monitors the business operations of each supplier. If any of the suppliers engage in unethical or dishonest behaviour, we immediately blacklist the supplier and eliminate the contract to ensure that you receive electronic components from ethical and sustainable sources.

Being sustainable not only helps the bigger picture of reducing global warming but it also plays many roles in the semiconductor industry.

Sustainability is a requirement for semiconductor companies to gain the trust of the parties involved in the 5Cs framework: capital (investors,) compliance (regulators,) constituents (such as employees), communities, and creativity (innovation). When chips are manufactured, energy, gases, and water have a cost. Careful usage of such resources helps companies significantly reduce manufacturing costs and it improves the company’s bottom line.

The semiconductor industry is competing with other industries for limited skilled talent. Especially the younger generation prefers to join companies that have a sustainable track record. Hence, semiconductor companies can attract skilled talent by maintaining sustainability throughout their operations.
As an environmentally friendly company, UniBetter maintains partnerships with sustainable and ethical electronic component suppliers. If you’re looking to fulfill your electronic component requirements in a sustainable manner, you can get in touch with us: sales@unibetter-ic.com