The figure below shows the U.S. semiconductor industry Partners’ historical F-GHG emissions compared to its “business as usual” (BAU) emissions. The BAU scenario reflects the Partners’ direct F-GHG emissions assuming they took no action to reduce emissions. The difference between the actual/projected emissions and the BAU emissions represents the Partnership’s environmental benefits, expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2E). The semiconductor industry’s growth pattern is historically cyclical. While production slowed and declined in 2001 and 2002, rising demand for mobile consumer products (e.g., iPods, cell phones) and computers drove the recovery and continued growth. Analysts predict maintained industry growth as our society continues to become more reliant on electronics products (e.g., tablets, e-readers, smart phones).
The Partners achievements in reducing F-GHGs have been primarily due to the result of development and implementation of new processes and chemistries, adoption of new etch gases with low GWPs as well as installment of abatement devices in the facilities. The Partnership produced an interim progress report in December 2005 (PDF) (80 pp, 605K, About PDF) describing the then-current state of F-GHG emission control technologies and the industry’s progress towards implementing its F-GHG reduction strategies.