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Arm commits to achieving net-zero carbon by 2030

Arm has committed to achieving net-zero carbon by 2030 – which is 20 years ahead of the target outlined in the United Nations’ Paris Climate Agreement.

The Cambridge chip design company said the “scientific evidence is clear” that excess carbon was changing the world’s climate and “we must take urgent action”.

Arm computer chips are found in over half the world's mobile devices. Picture: Matej Moderc
Arm computer chips are found in over half the world's mobile devices. Picture: Matej Moderc

Arm, based in Fulbourn Road and due to be acquired by NVIDIA for $40bn, said it would also help its ecosystem to reduce its carbon footprint too.

Dominic Vergine, VP, head of sustainability and CR, said: “Our commitment means we will take a science-based approach to cut absolute emissions from our business operations by at least 42 per cent.

“Additionally, we will reinforce and drive innovation in tech-based carbon sequestration solutions, while empowering our employees and supply chain to make low-carbon, sustainable choices.

“Seventy per cent of the world’s population uses Arm technology. Arm’s ongoing focus on the environment and sustainable business is guided by our core beliefs to establish a culture of social responsibility which steers our behaviour and operations as part of the broader global community.

“While Arm doesn’t manufacture devices, our ecosystem of 1,000-plus technology partners has shipped more than 180 billion Arm-based chips. This puts the onus of responsibility on our shoulders; it behoves us to act responsibly – and to help our ecosystem to tread lightly, too.

“This commitment complements our ongoing efforts to increase power efficiency and reduce the emissions associated with deployment of our IP.”

Arm is one of the founding partners of 2030Vision, which aims to fast track advanced technologies to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

2030Vision was formed from the merger of the 2030Vision Partnership Initiative created by Arm in December 2017, with the Frontier 2030 initiative, launched by the World Economic Forum in January 2020.

It is co-chaired by Arm CEO Simon Segars and Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Microsoft, Google, Huawei, Amazon Web Services, Unicef and Cambridge-based Fauna & Flora International are among the partners in the 2030Vision.

This week, the Competition and Markets Authority announced that it would be investigating the acquisition of Arm by NVIDIA.

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