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Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS)

Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

Globally, Applied Materials considers environmental impacts as part of every significant decision we make, throughout our business operations. Our Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) is designed around five guiding principles:

  • 1. Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Emissions: Reducing our impact on the environment by conserving energy throughout our operations and supporting renewable energy sources
  • 2. Designing for the Environment: Designing safe, long-lasting, reusable or recyclable products and minimizing use of natural resources to support our customers in creating sustainable products
  • 3. Ensuring Safe Work Environments: Establishing EHS policies and procedures, evaluating chemicals against stringent safety parameters, and employing appropriate engineering controls when warranted
  • 4. Reducing Waste: Reducing product and packaging waste through material minimization, reuse, and recycling
  • 5. Conserving Natural Resources: Minimizing our resource consumption by using recycled materials and process water

Applied Materials ISO 14001:2015 Manufacturing Sites

  • Austin, Texas
  • Santa Clara, California (New Product Integration)
  • Kalispell, Montana
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Alzenau, Germany
  • Heimstetten, Germany
  • Rehovot, Israel
  • Treviso, Italy
  • Singapore
  • Pyeongtaek, Kyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Tainan, Taiwan

Learn more about our ISO Certifications »

We are committed to doing our part to achieve a low-carbon future. We’ve already boosted the share of renewable power in our energy mix, and in 2020 we set a long-term target to source 100% of our energy from renewables by 2030, with an important intermediary step of reaching that goal in the U.S. by 2022. With our recent signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) to support a new 500 megawatt wind energy project in Crockett County, Texas, we are well on our way to achieving this target and contributing to decarbonizing the grid.

Through water minimization and recycling practices, Applied facilities ensure that both water usage and discharges comply with local laws and regulations.

Our Austin, Texas water reclamation project has reduced our water consumption for irrigation by 5.7 million cubic feet (equivalent to over 86 Olympic-sized swimming pools).

Applied will work to decouple our direct environmental impacts from our business growth, with new sustainability targets that will dramatically reduce our carbon footprint over the coming decade:
• 100% renewable energy in the U.S. by 2022
• 100% renewable energy globally by 2030
• 50% reduction in our Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 -e emissions by 2030
• New Science Based Targets announced in the next 24 months, including Scope 3 emissions goals
• New commitment to disclose in accordance with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Applied is committed to minimizing waste across our locations and logistics operations, with a special focus on non-recyclable, landfill-bound waste. Waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs are managed at a site level, and we have introduced waste management targets, guided by ISO 14001, for individual manufacturing locations. Each site’s program targets are reviewed on an ongoing basis and scored annually, which has led to a measurable reduction in solid waste and an increase in reuse and recycling of product and packaging materials.

Global Clean Power Generation

We are minimizing our carbon footprint through onsite renewable energy production that supplements our green energy purchases from local utilities. Our onsite clean power generation has produced 3.5 Gigawatt hours— equivalent to the energy needed to power 2.3 million homes per year

The largest thin-film solar system in Singapore. Awarded the Green Mark Platinum award, the nation’s highest environmental honor, by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority.

  • 400 kW (kilowatt) peak system that annually generates 317 mWh (megawatt hours) of electricity.
  • Installed low-e glass curtain walls and a rainwater recycling system.

Established in 2008, the Arques rooftop and parking lot arrays include approximately 8,000 wafer-based solar panels manufactured using Applied equipment.

Solar arrays at our Arques campus in Sunnyvale historically provided roughly 3,000 MWh generated of the total energy used annually—equivalent to that used by approximately 1,500 homes.

Since 2007, a 24kW solar array panel installed at our Austin campus has generated more than 27 mWh (megawatt hours) annually. The pollution-free panels eliminates 54,390 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year, roughly equal to planting eight acres of trees.

In 2008, Applied Materials activated a 56 kilowatt solar array—the largest in Xi’an at the time—at our Global Development Center, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more 65 tons per year.


Applied Materials places the highest priority on the safety of our workforce, suppliers, and customers. We are committed to complying with or exceeding all regulatory requirements relevant and applicable to the health and safety performance of our operations, processes, and products. During the COVID-19 crisis, EHS and Sustainability has developed detailed Safety and Health Protocols for all our sites and operations and to support our employees who work at customer sites.

  • Austin, Texas
  • Santa Clara, California (New Product Integration)
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Kalispell, Montana
  • Alzenau, Germany
  • Heimstetten, Germany
  • Rehovot, Israel
  • Singapore
  • Tainan, Taiwan (TMC-1)
  • Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Supply Chain

We create complex products containing thousands of parts sourced from across a broad supply chain. To make a real difference with our sustainability vision, we are committed to working with suppliers who share our principles regarding ethical business practices and human rights. We recently codified this commitment through a new 10-year roadmap we’re calling Supply Chain Certification for Environmental and Social Sustainability, or SuCCESS2030.

Our Global Supply Chain (GSC) and Operations and Aftermarket Quality (OAQ) organizations manage our direct supplier relationships while Global General Procurement (G2P) manages our in-direct supplier relationships. We are coordinating efforts and developing capabilities to ensure our suppliers operate in an ethical, responsible, and sustainable manner.

CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act »
Applied Materials Responsible Minerals Sourcing Policy »
Conflict Minerals Report »
Declarable Substances List »

RBA (formerly EICC)

In 2005, Applied adopted the RBA Code of Conduct. This code addresses issues related to labor, health and safety, environmental responsibility, management systems and ethics in the supply chain. We are taking various steps to optimize our supply chain management. The top 80% of our suppliers must complete yearly self-assessments to measure their compliance with the RBA Code of Conduct, our Standards Business Conduct and related requirements. We similarly require that our suppliers observe applicable laws and regulations wherever they operate.

Conflict Minerals

Applied Materials is committed to the responsible sourcing of materials used in our products. The equipment and many of the spare parts we produce include components that contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold—commonly labeled today as conflict minerals or 3TG. While our products include components manufactured with 3TG minerals, Applied does not purchase these minerals directly or maintain any direct relationship with mines, smelters, or refiners that process these minerals. We rely on our direct suppliers to provide information on the origin of any conflict minerals contained in parts sold to us, including conflict minerals they obtain from lower-tier suppliers and smelters. June 2020, we adopted a Responsible Minerals Sourcing Policy to guide our direct suppliers’ sourcing of 3TG minerals and to communicate our commitment to due diligence and disclosure.

To ensure the efficacy of our policy, we utilize the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) Responsible Minerals Assurance Process as well as independent third-party audits. We have been a partner of the Responsible Minerals Initiative since its inception by the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI).

Supplier Diversity

Building diverse, inclusive supply chains is good for business and good for society. It brings new perspectives and capabilities to further innovation, reduces social inequality by supporting job creation and economic growth in diverse communities, promotes resilience, and drives competition that can reduce supply chain costs.

In 2017, Applied Materials established a supplier diversity program to make our supply chain progressively more inclusive and equitable. In 2018, the program was expanded to cover all U.S. operations. That same year, we co-founded the Manufacturing Ownership Diversity Working Group (MOD), a supplier diversity alliance with members from across the semiconductor industry.