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Responsible consumption: rethinking production and consumption

Responsible consumption: rethinking production and consumption

Our consumption patterns are stretching the world’s natural resources to a limit. To create a more durable lifestyle, we do not only need to change the way we consume, but also the way we produce.

Imec is a member of the OnePlanet Research Center, which develops innovative technology in the domains of food, agriculture and health. One of its aims is to create a sustainable and affordable, healthy and safe food system and environment, through the development of sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence, (big) data analysis and digital connectivity for more sustainable agricultural technology.

When it comes to the sustainability of our own production activities, we believe it starts at the moment of purchasing our raw materials. We therefore select suppliers that guarantee that their products (e.g. tantalum) are mined and traded in a humane, responsible, and conflict-free way. 

We optimize our production processes to make better use of our raw materials and thus reduce waste flows. The ideal is to move towards a circular economy where one waste flow becomes a resource for a second production process.

Through the Circular Economy track at our imec.academy, imec employees can familiarize themselves with the opportunities provided by the circular economy.

Imec is also part of a consortium that brings together all European companies in the semiconductor field. Together they want to map the health and environmental risks associated with engineered nanomaterials and develop sound methods for risk analysis and prevention.