Chip maker TSMC aims for net zero emissions by 2050

Taipei — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, said Thursday that it will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, in line with plans announced by President Tsai Ing-wen in April. He said he was aiming.

“TSMC is deeply aware that climate change has serious impacts on the environment and humanity. As the world’s leading semiconductor company, TSMC must take on the corporate responsibility to tackle climate change challenges.” Said President Mark Liu in a statement.

Apple Inc. And Qualcomm Inc. The company, which counts as a major customer, “sets relevant mitigations” and added that it will aggressively adopt the use of renewable energy.

TSMC said it had set a short-term goal of zero-emission growth by 2025.

“TSMC will continue to actively value and invest in all kinds of opportunities to reduce carbon emissions.”

After Tsai criticized the government in April for not doing enough to combat climate change, the government evaluated how the island could reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Said it started.

Taiwan’s previous goal set in 2015 was to halve emissions between 2005 and 2050.

Last year, coal supplied 45% of Taiwan’s electricity and liquefied natural gas (LNG) accounted for almost 36%, the second closest, according to the Ministry of Economy.

According to government plans, coal’s contribution to Taiwan’s electricity mix will drop to less than 30% by 2025, with LNG at about 50% and renewable energy at 20% from 5.4% last year. It will rise.

Last year, Greenpeace called on tech powerhouse Taiwan to take a more active approach to climate change in the face of the risks of subtropical islands due to extreme weather and rising sea levels.