The Importance of Environmental Footprint definition and Life Cycle Assessments to your Sustainability Strategy

Reichelt, Ted
(Intel, Hillsboro, OR)

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The Importance of Environmental Footprint definition and Life Cycle Assessemtns to your Sustainability Strategy Going beyond clean production is the concept of sustainability. While several definitions of sustainability exist, emphasis is commonly placed on the triple bottom line of environmental, economic and social impacts. Indeed, the proliferation of corporate sustainability indexes such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, illustrates the growing influence of environmental and social performance on a company’s reputation. As such, setting and meeting high standards for responsible business practices and environmental performance along with increasing shareholder value are among Intel’s top priorities. Intel has published extensively on its economic performance and social initiatives. Therefore, those two areas are not included this paper. Rather, the focus of this paper is on Intel’s Environmental Sustainability strategy: Sustainable Processes, Sustainable Buildings and Sustainable Products. The purpose is to provide an overview of Intel’s strategy and key initiatives. The paper will provide a focus on the importance of clearly defining environmental footprint along with identifying opportunities for future research and collaboration – especially in the area of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) – to allow better decisions in optimizing the entire footprint.

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