With COP26 just days away, Apple has joined a new chip technology program as it works to improve its environmental sustainability in product design. It’s a move that reflects what is hopefully a growing understanding that every enterprise must mitigate the environmental consequences of doing business.
An obsession with detail
The Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS) scheme will take a deep look at how future processors are made in order to help reduce the environmental impact of making these chips. It’s a detail-based approach that may benefit from the critical successes Apple’s product designers can sometimes achieve. The program is being put together by Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre and aims to “anticipate the environmental impact of choices made at chip technology’s definition phase.”