Schneider Electric, Intel and Applied Materials to address decarbonisation in semiconductor supply chain

Schneider Electric, a leader in energy management and automation digital transformation, has introduced Catalyze, a pioneering partnership programme designed to expedite renewable energy adoption throughout the worldwide semiconductor value chain.

Debuted earlier at SEMICON West 2023, Catalyze represents a unique collaboration among prominent semiconductor and technology industry leaders like Intel and Applied Materials, working together to tackle supply chain emissions in their sector. This program complements Schneider Electric’s existing supply chain initiatives, such as the Energize programme for the pharmaceutical industry and Walmart’s Gigaton PPA programme, harnessing the collective strength of supply chain cohorts.

The Catalyze program aims to accelerate renewable energy adoption, support suppliers, and drive semiconductor supply chain decarbonisation through collaboration and digital technology.

“At Schneider Electric, our purpose is to empower companies to make the most of our energy and resources, bringing progress and sustainability together for everyone. Our mission is to be a digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency, and the Catalyze partnership programme is an excellent example of how companies in key global industries can collaborate to accelerate decarbonisation,” said Peter Herweck, CEO of Schneider Electric.

“Switching to renewable energy is an important step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intel has achieved 93% renewable electricity in our global operations and remains committed to reaching 100% by 2030,” said Intel’s Keyvan Esfarjani, Chief Global Operations Officer. “Intel is proud to be a founding member of Catalyze to help remove barriers to choosing greener energy. Ultimately, we want our entire value chain to achieve net-zero as we continue to deliver leading technologies that power our digital world.”

“Applied Materials has been working with our suppliers to instill sustainability best practises through our SuCCESS2030 initiative, and we are excited to build on our momentum with the Catalyze program,” said Gary Dickerson, President and CEO, Applied Materials. “Promoting closer collaboration across the value chain is key to accelerating carbon emissions reduction. We look forward to working with our partners to drive higher output of clean energy for the global semiconductor industry.”

Initially, the programme targets semiconductor value chain suppliers with energy load in specific markets where renewable energy is available. The aim is to later expand globally, aligning with specific interests and renewable energy market opportunities.

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