Sustainability Will Lead Key Discussions at SEMICON WEST 2024

Four topics and areas where we expect developments, announcements

By Gibson Peters

Sustainability Will Lead Key Discussions at SEMICON WEST 2024

Join SEMICON WEST 2024 in San Francisco, July 9-11, for a pivotal semiconductor industry event with special focus on sustainability, including sessions on environmental challenges and opportunities.

The semiconductor manufacturing industry is at a critical juncture regarding sustainability. Traditionally known for its high energy and water consumption, the industry is under increasing pressure to reduce its environmental footprint. Recent advancements have seen significant strides in energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable energy sources. Water conservation has also become a priority. Semiconductor manufacturing processes are notoriously water-intensive, but innovations in water recycling and purification are helping to mitigate this issue.

SEMICON WEST 2024 in San Francisco, Calif., July 9-11 promises to be a pivotal event for the semiconductor industry, especially with its strong focus on sustainability. This year's agenda is packed with sessions addressing the environmental challenges and opportunities within the sector.

What to Watch For

As we look forward to SEMICON, keep an eye on:

  • Collaborative Innovations: Expect announcements of new partnerships and collaborative projects focused on sustainability.
  • Regulatory Updates: Insights into emerging regulations and compliance strategies.
  • Technology Showcases: Demonstrations of cutting-edge sustainable chip manufacturing technologies and practices.
  • Industry Commitments: Public commitments from leading companies on sustainability goals and initiatives.


Here are the key sustainability topics we're most excited about:

Business Risks and Climate Change

The semiconductor industry faces increasing scrutiny regarding its environmental impact. Climate change poses significant business risks, from supply chain disruptions to stricter regulatory landscapes. At SEMICON, expect in-depth discussions on how companies can mitigate these risks through strategic planning and innovative technologies.

Energy: Tripling Up and Doubling Down

Energy consumption is a critical issue for semiconductor manufacturing. The industry must "triple up" its efforts in renewable energy adoption while "doubling down" on energy efficiency initiatives. We anticipate seeing cutting-edge solutions for integrating solar, wind, and other renewable sources into manufacturing processes. Additionally, advancements in energy-efficient equipment and processes will be showcased, highlighting significant strides toward reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Bringing Circular Economy to the Value Chain

Circular economy principles are gaining traction, emphasizing the need to reduce waste and maximize resource efficiency. The event will explore how the semiconductor value chain can adopt circular practices, such as recycling and reusing materials and components. Look out for innovative models that promote sustainability across the product lifecycle, from design to end-of-life management.

Innovation in Sustainable Chip Manufacturing

Semiconductor sustainability is no longer a niche topic but a critical focus area. Expect to see breakthroughs in sustainable manufacturing technologies, including water conservation methods, waste reduction techniques, and green chemistry applications. These innovations will not only reduce environmental impact but also enhance operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Latest Developments on Process Gases

Process gases are essential in semiconductor manufacturing but pose environmental challenges. Innovations aimed at minimizing the use of harmful gases and improving gas recycling methods will be a key highlight. Sessions will likely delve into the development of alternative, eco-friendly gases and advanced abatement technologies.

PFAS: Regulatory Threats, Supply Chain Challenges, Research Opportunities, and Industry Collaboration

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are under increasing regulatory scrutiny due to their persistence in the environment and potential health risks. The semiconductor industry must navigate these regulatory threats while addressing supply chain challenges. SEMICON WEST will provide a platform for discussing research opportunities and collaborative approaches to finding sustainable alternatives to PFAS.

Accounting for Our Handprint

Beyond carbon footprints, the concept of "handprint" measures the positive impacts companies can make. This involves improving sustainability practices and contributing positively to the environment and society. Sessions will explore methodologies for measuring and reporting handprints, encouraging companies to enhance their sustainability narratives. Predictions include the adoption of standardized handprint metrics and increased corporate transparency in sustainability reporting.

Building Industry Awareness & Impact

Raising industry-wide awareness and driving impactful change is essential for sustainable progress. Sessions will focus on strategies for enhancing industry collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and public communication.

SEMICON WEST 2024 is set to be a landmark event, driving the semiconductor industry towards a more sustainable and resilient future. TechInsights’ sustainability is on the ground meeting with industry players to continue the discussion around sustainability. Please contact Dan Breeden ( to help facilitate meetings with our on-site team.

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