Elpida Memory’s 300mm DRAM fab in Hiroshima has been named one of the recipients of the ‘2009 Global Warming Prevention Activity Award’ bestowed by Japan's Ministry of the Environment. The plant uses Japan's largest–scale cogeneration system to reduce CO2 emissions and has installed PFC combustion abatement systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, since 2003 the plant has introduced an extensive range of energy conservation measures and plant employees have gone through environmental awareness training.
The Hiroshima fab is claimed to have cut annual CO2-equivalent emissions by 862 kilotons (a 56% reduction). The Environment Ministry's 2009 award honors this accomplishment by recognizing the plant's ‘facility-wide activities to lessen greenhouse gas emissions.’
Elpida is planning further ‘green’ measures for the facility in the future.