Environmental Performance

Delivering on our sustainability goals allows us to do good, and do well

Environmental Performance for the Planet

Managing the raw materials we use and the products we make in a safe and environmentally responsible manner is essential. It is also essential for our customers to know that the products they buy from Hemlock Semiconductor are accurately described, properly packaged, and documented to identify any hazards or potential safe use issues. We have a drive toward zero waste and emissions.

Energy reduction – We aggressively target significant reductions in our average greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes reducing natural gas usage by recovering heat from our processes and continuous efforts to drive down electrical consumption.
Hazardous waste reduction – Minimizing hazardous waste generation is a critical initiative in our commitment to the communities where we live and work.
Water conservation – We continuously assess our water usage and identify opportunities to recycle and reclaim water.
Recycling – If materials can be recycled, we do it. We have been successful in recycling a significant percentage of our waste materials. Since 2008, we have recycled an average of 8.4 million pounds (3,810 metric tons) of materials per year, including paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, batteries, metals, and process materials.
Decarbonizing polysilicon production – We have relentlessly improved our energy efficiency and energy management to reduce our carbon footprint. This means very low "embodied" greenhouse gas emissions in the polycrystalline silicon materials that we manufacture, enabling ultra low-carbon solar panels through reduced supply chain emissions. We offer solar project developers and owners an opportunity to lower the "embodied carbon" of their projects by up to 50 percent through the use of better solar panels. To learn more, click here.

Clean Corporate Citizen

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has designated HSC as a Clean Corporate Citizen (C3). Companies who earn C3 status display facility-specific environmental management systems, active pollution prevention initiatives, and a consistent record of compliance with state and federal environmental requirements.

POWERING THE FUTURE: Harnessing Industrial Demand Flexibility to Reduce Emissions and Integrate Renewables

Power grids are undergoing a paradigm shift—spelling fresh opportunity for industrial leaders to partner with grid operators to manage energy costs, support grid reliability, reduce carbon emissions, and help integrate more renewable energy.

Learn more about one of the emission reduction measures HSC instituted with nonprofit WattTime and utility Consumers Energy in HSC’s latest white paper, Powering the Future.

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