Background - 27 April, 2010

Summary 31/100

Intel sits right in the middle of the pack for average scores in all three areas. The company’s most deserved recognition is for its direct purchasing of renewable energy as a mitigation strategy under energy impact, as well as its clean energy capital investments. While not on par with Google’s, these investments exemplify a good contribution to clean energy development. Intel would have received a higher score for its political advocacy had it better distanced itself from the position of Business Europe, of which it is a prominent member, against the European Union’s proposed 30% by 2020 GHG reduction target. This earned it a negative lobbying penalty deduction.


Climate Solutions


Current Savings Calculations


Intel provides several very basic case study examples of energy solutions, but does not include any useful detail on estimated savings potential, net or otherwise.

Public Metrics


Intel scores for supporting analysis in collaboration with Microsoft to measure the energy savings potential for distributing music digitally through online service versus delivery of CDs through brick and mortar stores.



Intel stands out for its leadership in making relatively significant investments in clean energy companies, including $125 million in solar energy in past two years, and is also both funding clean energy innovation directly and working the venture-capitalists to leverage bigger investments in clean tech start up companies.

Future Savings Goal


No future savings goal.


Energy Impact


Reduction Target


Intel has a good absolute GHG emission reduction target of 20% of 2007 levels by 2020.



Intel reported that it reduced its GHG emissions by more than 45% below 2007 levels by the end of 2009, becoming one of the biggest renewable energy certificate buyers in the US. It is also installing solar panels at its facilities. However, Intel should be looking at examples such as Google, which has entered into direct purchase agreements with a utility for large scale renewable energy.

Infrastructure Siting


Intel doesn’t prioritise the availability of good conditions for energy efficient cooling or renewable energy but it puts some effort into making its data centers more efficient (p.38)

Supply Chain Footprint


Intel has investigated which portions of its supply chain have the biggest impact on its GHG emissions but now has to become active working with its suppliers on reducing their footprints.


Political Advocacy




No applicable example of political speech.

Political Policy


Lorie Wigle, Intel’s Director of Eco Technology testified before the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation about the potential of IT solutions to cut GHG emissions, save energy, and a need for standards. The company also submitted comments to the New York Public Utilities Commission on the need for consumer access to information. Either occurence could have scored higher had it addressed a policy priority or contained more specific recommendations.

Repetition Bonus


Intel receives a repetition bonus for three occurrences of political advocacy, including further Congressional testimony and signing on to a letter to President Obama requesting better consumer access to energy information.

Negative Lobby Penalty


Intel receives a penalty for membership of the Corporate Advisory group of Business Europe, which actively opposes the European Union’s proposed greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% by 2020.

Intel's scores to date

Leaderboard Score
Version 1 18
Version 2 28
Version 3 27
Version 4 31