Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation's U.S. subsidiary Advantest America, Inc. has earned a spot on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Top 30 Tech and Telecom list. This is the first time that Advantest America has been ranked on EPA's quarterly list, which represents the 30 largest green power users among technology and telecommunications companies within the Green Power Partnership.
"We congratulate Advantest America, Inc. for using renewable energy and taking a leadership position on the environment," said Blaine Collison, director of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "Advantest America's impressive green power commitment helps to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other organizations."
Advantest America purchases more than 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough to meet the company's electricity needs. This is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually.
In addition, Advantest America's purchase of renewable-energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy qualifies the company for EPA's Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have exceeded EPA's minimum purchase requirements.
The EPA's Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations -- from Fortune 500® companies to local, state and federal governments as well as a growing number of colleges and universities. The organization's Top Partner rankings highlight the annual green power use of leading Green Power Partners within the U.S. and across individual industry sectors.
Using green power helps to reduce the environmental impact of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable-generation capacity throughout the U.S. Usage amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet the EPA's partnership requirements by using any combination of three different options: renewable-energy certificates, on-site generation and utility green power products.
"We are proud of our company-wide commitment to fostering clean operations and practices as we continue to advance the state of semiconductor test technology," said Keith Lee, president and CEO of Advantest America, Inc. "It's an honor to have our dedicated efforts recognized at this national level by the EPA."
Advantest Corporation has an in-house Environmental Management System that promotes global environmental conservation efforts. Under the system's guidelines, individual employees strive to protect the environment while carrying out their daily responsibilities. In addition to upholding all environmental laws and regulations as well as voluntary standards, the company strives to provide environmentally friendly products throughout their life cycles, from procurement of material to waste disposal, through energy conservation, improved recyclability and the elimination of hazardous substances.