Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

Air Quality

Our commitment to cleaner air

Our consumption of fossil fuels for energy and transportation contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Power generators at some of our U.S. facilities also emit relatively small amounts of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic chemicals. Across our Company, we’re taking steps to reduce emissions of all kinds as we work collaboratively to confront the complex challenge of climate change.

Increasing transparency in our reporting

Climate change is a serious environmental, social and economic issue that calls for concerted actions among all sectors of society. Growing our Company while increasing energy efficiency and minimizing GHG emissions is challenging but, we believe, crucial to both our sustainability and the sustainability of the planet.

In 2011, we began reporting GHG emissions for all of our facilities in North America. After receiving the designation of “Climate Action Leader” for eight consecutive years by the California Climate Action Registry, we joined The Climate Registry, which tracks emissions of businesses and other organizations in all of North America. Because data-gathering and subsequent third-party certification of this data is time-intensive, we generally report emissions data from the prior calendar year rather than the most recent fiscal year.

Total Direct and Indirect GHG Emissions by Weight (CO2 metric tons)*
Total Direct and Indirect GHG Emissions by Weight (CO2 metric tons)

*2012 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for all of our North American facilities, or roughly 75 percent of our global square footage. 2011 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for all of our North American facilities, or roughly 80 percent of our global square footage during that timeframe. 2010 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for our California facilities only, which made up roughly 72 percent of our global square footage during that timeframe.

CO2 per Gross Square Foot of Facilities Spaces (CO2 metric tons)*
CO2 per Gross Square Foot of Facilities Spaces (CO2 metric tons)

*2012 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for all of our North American facilities, or roughly 75 percent of our global square footage. 2011 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for all of our North American facilities, or roughly 80 percent of our global square footage during that timeframe. 2010 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for our California facilities only, which made up roughly 72 percent of our global square footage during that timeframe.

We expect our total GHG emissions to increase as our operations expand. But we’re taking steps to minimize our energy consumption and to decrease our GHG emissions per square foot, one key measure of efficiency.

We’ve implemented energy efficiencies in our California facilities that save approximately 8,712 metric tons of GHG emissions every year—the equivalent annual emissions of 1,584 cars.

Participating in the global conversation about climate change

In December 2011, we participated as part of a designated observer delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 17 meeting in Durban, South Africa. This was the third consecutive U.N. climate summit in which we’ve participated. In Durban, we collaborated with other delegations to define the role of information technology and strong intellectual property rights systems in addressing climate change.

In June 2012, we participated in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development—also known as Rio+20—at the invitation of the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. We presented highlights of our Wireless Reach Fishing with 3G Nets project, which demonstrates the use of Qualcomm technology to promote sustainable fishing in the Brazilian state of Bahia. In 2012, we also continued our participation in the International Conservation Caucus Foundation, which brings together leaders from government, business and nonprofit organizations to develop market-oriented solutions for conservation and sustainability worldwide.

In 2012, Steve Crout, our senior director of government affairs, continued chairing the Energy and Environment working group of the Information Technology Industry Council. The committee educates policymakers, journalists and members of the public about the critical role information technology plays in energy-saving efforts. It also advocates for policies enabling the technology industry to advance solutions for energy conservation and environmental sustainability.

We participate in many other organizations dedicated to addressing climate change and promoting smarter energy use, including the following:

Tracking other emissions

In addition to GHG emissions, we also track emissions of nitrogen oxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) generated as by-products of two 4.5-megawatt cogeneration turbine plants at our corporate headquarters. Fueled by natural gas, these highly efficient turbines enable us to produce some of our own electricity, reducing both costs and GHG emissions. We also capture heat generated from the turbines and use it to power two large chillers in our corporate campus air-conditioning system, further saving electricity and the carbon emissions associated with producing it.

Significant Air Emissions by Type and Weight (tons per year)*
Significant Air Emissions by Type and Weight (tons per year)

*San Diego, CA, facilities only