In 2021, imec launched its Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS) research program. The SSTS program is the first initiative rallying stakeholders from across the IC value chain to anticipate the environmental impact of choices made at chip technology’s definition phase. Using concrete and reliable models, and detailed (carbon) footprint analyses, the program will help the IC-making industry cut back on its ecological footprint – as part of the global fight against climate change, resources depletion and pollution. Many companies in the industry realize they can only become carbon neutral if their whole supply chain follows suit. Imec's intention is to create a snowball affect o join forces and cut back the entire semiconductor industry’s ecological footprint. Apple was the first public company to join the SSTS In December.