Sustainability: Environmental Impact Overview

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Our Environmental Impact and Reduction Target

In 2021, we established a science-based reduction target to achieve a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of 38% by 2035, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to keep global temperatures below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Littelfuse is committed to conducting its manufacturing and distribution operations in a responsible manner that protects the environment. All our manufacturing facilities are certified to ISO 14001, which provides us with means to determine how we interact with and impact the environment. Through our lean manufacturing operating system, we seek efficiencies in resource conservation and waste reduction. Our primary environmental opportunities are found in two business areas: semiconductor manufacturing (water usage) and electronics manufacturing/assembly (energy usage).

At the core of our lean manufacturing operating system is the focus on various aspects of waste reduction and elimination. Accordingly, our manufacturing facilities regularly implement projects that aim to reduce usage of energy, chemicals, water resources, and waste generation. Through our Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reporting process, we have strengthened our understanding of our sites’ environmental impact and have collected the data needed to identify areas where these reduction initiatives will have the greatest impact.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a critical component of our business strategy to provide necessary technologies for the marketplace. We develop products to address the increasing demand for renewable energy technologies including smart meters, wind turbines, solar panels, energy storage, power optimization, and electrification of transportation applications. At the same time, we continue to invest in programs to ensure our operations conserve energy and rely upon renewable energy when possible.

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Water Use

We strive to use our natural resources responsibly and have historically implemented Lean projects throughout our facilities to help optimize water usage. Through our environmental management system and ISO 14001 certification maintained by each of our manufacturing facilities, we have established procedures to understand and manage our operation’s environmental impact and comply with applicable laws and regulations regarding the quality of our water discharge. Our business is not uniformly water-intensive; however, our semiconductor manufacturing facilities utilize a greater amount of water within the fabrication process than our electronic assembly facilities. To ensure we conserve water, we have implemented a variety of water reduction and management programs, with an initial focus on our locations with higher water use that are in water-stress areas.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A key element of our sustainability program strategy is to reduce our carbon footprint. Through our participation in CDP reporting and internal data management initiatives, we have developed more robust data collection processes to better monitor and manage our Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

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Waste & Hazardous Materials Management
Waste and Hazardous Materials Management

The foundation of our waste reduction strategy is centered on three basic concepts: reduce, reuse, and recycle. As far as is reasonably practicable, waste management and waste minimization efforts throughout our manufacturing facilities utilize the waste hierarchy approach.

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