Wednesday, August 9th
3:30-4:35 PM
SUST-203-1: Circular Economy of Storage (Sustainability Track)
Chairperson + Speaker: Jonmichael Hands, VP Storage, Chia Network

Organizer: Wayne M. Adams, SNIA Chairman Emeritus, SNIA

Paper Title: The Industry and Sustainability Opportunity in Circular Storage

Paper Abstract: Research suggests that more of the environmental impact of semiconductors comes from manufacturing than from their use, and as a result, many leading electronics brands have goals to reduce these manufacturing impacts by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains and other measures. At the same time, once produced, many SSDs are retired and destroyed after only a small portion of their useful life has been consumed, primarily to address perceived and potentially outdated security concerns. This presentation will discuss some of the environmental benefits of a circular economy model for SSDs or their constituent microchips, factors driving premature drive destruction (including the need for data destruction) and how to overcome them (such as the use of modern data sanitization standards), and questions regarding the appropriate allocation of manufacturing greenhouse gas emissions (a user's "scope 3" emissions) to a drive's use phase in a circular/reuse scenario.

Paper Author: Marshall Chase, Director of Sustainability, Micron Technology

Author Bio: Marshall Chase is the Director of Sustainability at Micron Technology, where he is responsible for driving the integration of environmental and social issues into the company's business strategy and operations, and leads the company’s engagement with investors, customers, and others on many of these issues. He guides the development of Micron’s climate goals, supports the company's product sustainability initiatives, and contributes to industry-leading collaborations including the Semiconductor Climate Consortium and Circular Drive Initiative. Prior to joining Micron in 2018, Marshall served as manufacturing industry practice leader at global sustainability consultancy BSR, where he worked closely with Micron and other companies to advance sustainability strategy and implementation. He has also run environmental programs for major real estate firms, led development strategy at the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Togo. Marshall earned master’s degrees in Business Administration and Natural Resources through the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Environmental Policy from Dartmouth College.