Happy Earth Day and welcome back for the third issue of our Earth Month newsletter series. This week, we’ll explain Intel’s approach to energy conservation as well as how we’ll achieve our goal to use 100% renewable electricity across our global manufacturing operations by 2030.

In honor of Earth Day, more than 60 Intel employees joined the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and the ODNR Division of Forestry to plant 800 trees around the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve in Heath. This effort will help to strengthen the banks of the river and improve water quality – more below.

Speaking of trees, we are also beyond excited to share that we’ve planted the first Buckeye tree on our Ohio One Campus. This tree is symbolic of the 3,600 trees that will be planted between now and fall, and an additional 3,000 trees later on in the project.

We know transparency is important, and throughout Earth month, we’ve issued multiple newsletters with details about Intel’s environmental stewardship programs and sustainability goals. In the first issue of our Earth Month newsletter series, we cover environmental management and how we are safeguarding the health and safety of our workforce and how we are protecting air quality and reducing our air and greenhouse gas emissions. In our second issue of the Earth Month newsletter, we share Intel’s global water strategy to reduce, reuse and restore water as well as our goal to achieve net positive water globally by 2030. And you can check out photos of the superload and the route from Adams to Licking County.

Be sure to stay tuned next week for our final Earth Month newsletter where we’ll be making a big announcement.

With gratitude,

Emily Smith

Ohio Community Relations Director

Intel Corporation

Planting Trees with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

It was a beautiful day at Blackhand Gorge where Intel helped plant 300 trees at the trailhead and an additional 500 trees at the future canoe launch site. Trees are vital to our ecosystem and our way of life. They protect our air, soil and water, and provide habitat for our wildlife.

The event also featured the planting of a white oak in honor of ODNR’s 75th anniversary. To commemorate 75 years of conservation, the Division of Forestry is planting a tree in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. This planting was the official tree for Licking County. Thank you to Director Mary Mertz and the team from ODNR for inviting us to participate.


Trees help address climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in the trees and the soil; they also release oxygen into the air. We’re proud to support the planting of these trees and are also excited to be planting so many trees at our Ohio One campus this year. 

Carmen: Ohio One's First Buckeye Tree

Last week, we started the landscaping on the Ohio One campus. Of course, the first tree planted is a buckeye tree, affectionally named Carmen. We extend a special thank you to the Johnstown Monroe High School students for making the placard to memorialize the first tree on our campus.


In addition to Carmen, another 3,600 native trees species will be planted between now and fall along with thousands of plants in the engineered wetland basins. And that’s not all! Before the campus is complete, there will be an additional 3,000+ trees and 1,000 shrubs and other landscaping.


The campus design is inspired by the beautiful agrarian landscapes of the region. Every detail has been carefully considered to honor the rural heritage with rolling berms, wetlands, pollinator plants, and thousands of trees which will provide biodiverse habitats for plants and wildlife.  The campus also includes numerous outdoor recreation spaces for Intel’s employees including the leisure trail that connects to the 68 miles of trails throughout the New Albany International Business Park and the City of the New Albany

Energy Conservation at Intel

Reducing energy use in our operations is core to Intel’s overall climate strategy and our sustainability goals. Intel’s Energy Management System is designed to follow the international ISO 50001 Energy Management System standard. Although energy conservation opportunities are present across the spectrum of Intel’s manufacturing operations, we have identified strategic investment opportunities in a number of areas. To reduce energy usage in operations, we are investing in HVAC upgrades and heat recovery projects. For new factory construction projects, we are incorporating energy efficiency into design and equipment selections.


Since 2020, we conserved approximately 970 million kWh of electricity cumulatively through the end of 2022, in support of our goal to conserve 4 billion kWh of electricity globally by 2030. For more information on our approach to energy conservation, read our Energy Conservation white paper.

Renewable and Alternative Electricity

Our approach to renewable and alternative electricity investments has been to reduce our own carbon footprint while encouraging others to take similar actions. Over the last decade, the number of Intel’s on-site alternative and renewable electricity installations and our installed capacity have grown significantly. We now have more than 110 alternative and renewable electricity installations with capacity of more than 50,000 kW across 22 Intel campuses. These installations use 22 different technology applications, such as solar hot and cooling water systems, solar electric photovoltaic-covered parking lots, solar window, mini bio-energy, motion power, geothermal energy, and micro wind turbine array systems.

For more than a decade, Intel has also been one of the top corporate purchasers of renewable electricity in the US. In addition to generating on-site and off-site renewable electricity and purchasing renewable electricity from our utility suppliers, we purchase green attributes from multiple sources of generation. These include wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal, many of which are certified and verified by nonprofit validation accreditors such as the Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e® program to meet US Green Power Partnership program requirements.

Intel first achieved 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. in 2013. Our 2030 goal is to achieve 100% renewable electricity across our global operations, and we achieved 93% renewable electricity across our global operations in 2022. Learn more about Intel’s approach to renewable and alternative electricity in our Corporate Responsibility Report

Earth Day Every Day

Intel is committed to becoming the industry’s most sustainable foundry. Intel has been a leader in sustainable and environmentally responsible semiconductor manufacturing for decades, and Ohio now joins our sites around the world in achieving ambitious sustainability commitments.


Reaching net-zero emissions is a team sport and requires every company in the value chain to participate. We must work together as an industry to develop common metrics across the value chain and all the way to the product. Learn more here from Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel’s Chief Global Operations Officer. 

Read more about how Intel is celebrating Earth Day >

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