Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1996
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education>Information provision
Policy Target:Industry
Agency:US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Description:The Environmental Protection Agency s (EPA) PFC Reduction/Climate Partnership for the Semiconductor Industry supports the industrys voluntary efforts to reduce GHG emissions by following a pollution prevention strategy. The GHG emissions of primary concern are perfluorocarbons, trifluoromethane (CHF3), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), collectively termed perfluorocompounds (PFCs). Through the Partnership, the semiconductor industry has identified, evaluated, and implemented a variety of new technologies that protect the climate in four key technological areas: 1) Process improvements/source reduction; 2) Alternative chemicals; 3) Capture and beneficial reuse; and 4) Destruction technologies. EPAs partners have committed to reduce PFC emissions 10% below their 1995 baseline by 2010. All semiconductor manufacturers participating in EPAs voluntary partnership also saw a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions; emissions were equivalent to 4.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2002, a 37% improvement since 1999.

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