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The European semiconductor industry takes a leading and proactive approach to our Environment Safety and Health (ESH) responsibilities. The European industry has an excellent ESH performance record and has repeatedly set and met voluntary emission reduction targets. It maintains a safe and healthy work environment for its employees and promotes safe and health conscious working practices. European manufacturing sites have audited environmental management systems in place such as ISO 14001. The industry promotes international cooperation regarding chemical management, utilizing scientific evidence and health assessment as the basis for effective workplace protection.

ESIA's ESH Committee coordinates the activities of the association in these areas. The Committee, together with specific working groups, are active directly on technical cooperative projects and regulatory issues of value to members. ESIA has working groups dealing with Chemical Management and Reach preparation, Energy savings, PFC, Health & Safety, Environmental resource efficiency and EU legislation.

ESIA is also proud to play a role as a member of the ESH Committee to the World Semiconductor Council. Through this unique forum, the global semiconductor industry is working together on collaborative approaches to resource conservation and many ESH issues. The semiconductor industry's PFC global reduction goal programme and the PFOS agreement are worthy achievements of this body.

In addition, ESIA participates in the WSC's annual International Semiconductor ESH conference (ISESH), a global forum that facilitates sharing of innovative ideas on new ESH technology practices and best practice exchange amongst ESH professionals.


Eric-Paul Schat - NXP Semiconductors


June 2015: ESIA Submission to ECHA Consultation on Restriction proposal for PFOA, its salts and related substances

February 2015: ESIA position on WHO recommendation to add Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butanediol (BDO) to Schedule I of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances

Brochure 2014: Semiconductors at the heart of Energy Efficiency

April 2013: ESIA position paper on HFCs

Brochure 2009: Enabling sustainable living in 21st century in Europe

Presentation: The Semiconductor Industry Contribution to Saving Energy and Protecting the Global Environment

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