United Microelectronics, an eminent international semiconductor foundry, was awarded LEED-NC (leadership in engineering and environmental design – new construction) Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council for its 300-mm Fab 12A P3 and P4 in Tainan, Taiwan. P3 & P4 also earned the EEWH corroboration by Taiwan in 2011.
Fab 12A P3 & P4 is UMC’s most improved 300-mm production Fab. Green, low-carbon ideas have been incorporated in different sectors of the organization such as fab design, construction, and process development and operation. Many structural energy-efficient aspects such as energy-saving vacuum pumps, an improved solid cooling system that recycles vent gas, avant garde energy management, monitoring and consolidation systems have all been implemented by UMC.
Energy consumption is lowered by 8.5% when compared to Fab 12A P1 & P2. For saving water, UMC adopted a state-of-the-art water recycling and management system that will enhance water recycling rate to 90%. Existing in harmony with the surroundings is UMC’s aim. UMC earnestly helps the Taiwanese government in promoting green building and clean production and assessment procedures and also consistently advertises green ideas to the people. In the future, UMC will persist in its efforts to promote green ideas to develop a low-carbon sustainable environment.
Dr. Shih-Wei Sun, CEO of UMC, pointed out that UMC was one of the first foundries to staunchly follow green practices. He added that UMC’s commitment to green standards is further underlined by the recognition awarded by the Taiwanese and U.S. governments to its Fab 12A P3 & P4. He promises incorporation of more green concepts in the upcoming P5 & P6 designs as well.