ASML is greenwashing Moore’s Law

Paul van Gerven is an editor at Bits&Chips.

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Chip shrinking won’t help reduce greenhouse emissions, as ASML claims. The gains in energy efficiency do not nearly compensate for the increase in carbon output resulting from the huge business opportunities that shrinking creates.

Digitalization, powered by ever more powerful and energy-efficient chips, will enable a 15 percent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, according to ASML CEO Peter Wennink. “There’s a whole list of areas where digital technology will help reduce emissions. Our vision is to develop lithography tools that will help our customers produce very-high-performance chips, which will increase in energy efficiency by a factor of three every two years,” Wennink said at ASML’s Investor Day 2021.

Like any self-respecting multinational these days, ASML is revving up the green ambitions. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become an integral part of his company’s strategy, Wennink said. “Our people talk about it. Our customers want it, our suppliers want it, our shareholders want it and the community wants it.”

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