ASML, the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, successfully obtained a new environmental permit for their Veldhoven headquarter Campus in the Netherlands on June 11, 2014. Tauw provided a team that, in close cooperation with ASML, prepared the permit application and managed the permitting process.
Dutch environmental law requires companies that conduct industrial activities to operate under an environmental permit. Such a permit provides for a regulatory framework in which industries are allowed to perform their activities.
Due to a solid expansion of the ASML Campus in recent years, the existing environmental permit appeared no longer sufficient to cover the existing operations properly. Further expansion of the ASML Campus was also not possible within the framework of the old environmental permit, whereas ASML is having ambitious plans for further development of their Campus. In consultation with the local authorities it was therefore decided to apply for a new environmental permit. After a process of a year, it has now been successfully obtained.
“What is so special about the new environmental permit is that it provides a broad framework allowing ASML to continue its current activities on the one hand and providing absolutely necessary flexibility to expand operations in the future on the other hand. And such expansion can be proceeded without having to obtain any further permits,” says Jan Willem Hoezen of Tauw, who has been involved in this project from the start. “Obtaining this new environmental permit is a major achievement and a great benefit for a company that constantly has to be prepared for volatile market conditions.”