Environment and Energy Policy

Intel public policy: How Intel promotes innovation worldwide

Intel is the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and a world leader in computing innovation. We believe that manufacturing leadership should go hand in hand with environmental sustainability.

Transparency, Integration, and
Collaboration – What the Shifting
ESG Landscape Means for Companies

Transparency, Integration, and
Collaboration – What the Shifting
ESG Landscape Means for Companies

Over the past year we have seen a significant shift in what investors, customers, employees, and governments expect from companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG), and how they are using corporate responsibility reporting to drive new conversations and actions.

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Intel Supports New Report on
Bipartisan Climate Policy Proposals

Intel Supports New Report on
Bipartisan Climate Policy Proposals

The Biden Administration has taken a number of executive actions to reassert Federal policy leadership on climate change, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement on inauguration day.

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Key Issues

ICT-enabling climate change solutions

Recent studies verify that information and communications technology (ICT) devices, powered by Intel’s silicon products, can enable significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by driving end-use energy efficiency gains. We call these gains the “Handprint” effect – our technology enabling others to reduce their footprint. Government policies should recognize and encourage a bigger role for the ICT industry in devising climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Smart energy efficiency regulations

When regulating the energy efficiency of ICT devices, governments should carefully classify devices to compare like products 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. Poorly designed regulations (e.g., idle power, network standby power requirements) applied to ICT devices and data centers can restrict the functionality that delivers the handprint benefits. Such restrictions can especially affect the rapidly growing deployment of Internet of Things technologies.

Chemicals management policy

Chemicals are essential to innovation in the semiconductor industry. Intel is committed to the safe management of chemicals to protect our workers and the environment. Government policy regarding chemicals should align with 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 directly impacted by aspects of chemicals management policy. The perspectives of “downstream users” of chemicals should be considered in modernizing the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Finally, government reviews and approvals of chemicals should be performed in a timely fashion, supporting rapid innovation in product development.

Intel is one of the largest voluntary purchasers of “green” power in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Energy-efficient performance is a driving force in the design of our products.

In 2020, we introduced new products such as 10nm-based 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, optimizing power efficiency with leading performance and responsiveness. Intel achieved 100% adoption of Modern Standby on notebook PC designs using 11th Generation Intel® Core™ (TGL-U) processors to replace traditional system sleep and higher power idle states.

We set challenging 2030 goals to increase product energy efficiency 10x for Intel client and server microprocessors to reduce our Scope 3 emissions. Over the last decade, we have worked with suppliers and customers in efforts to eliminate lead and halogenated flame-retardants from our products. 

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Ideas and perspectives promoting a thriving innovation economy from Intel’s public policy team.