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

Energy

Building energy efficiency into our future

Using less energy makes our Company more sustainable by helping us minimize our carbon footprint and cut costs. As we strive to consume less energy, we’re also contributing to a more energy efficient world as part of the effort to develop smart grids and other kinds of energy-savings technology.

Aiming for greater transparency and efficiency in our operations

Starting in 2011, we now track energy consumption for all of our facilities in North America. Our reported energy use increased, due mainly to company growth and increased reporting of our total North American consumption. Data for 2010 and prior is for our California facilities only. Our company growth provides jobs and stimulates local economics, bolstering communities against negative effects of economic downturns.

Direct Energy Consumption*
Direct Energy Consumption

*2011 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for all of our North American facilities, or roughly 80 percent of our global square footage. 2010 and 2009 amounts represent prior-year calendar year data for our California facilities only, which made up roughly 72 percent of our global square footage during that timeframe.

Indirect Energy Consumption*
Indirect Energy Consumption

*2011 amount represents prior-year calendar year data for all of our North American facilities, or roughly 80 percent of our global square footage. 2010 and 2009 amounts represent prior-year calendar year data for our California facilities only, which made up roughly 72 percent of our global square footage during that timeframe.

Even as we use more energy to support our growing business, we continue to invest in technology that makes our energy use more efficient. In 2011 alone, we made improvements that will save 2.8 million kilowatt hours and 945 metric tons of CO2 emissions every year.

Investments in high-efficiency lighting; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; and renewable energy help us save energy, reduce carbon emissions and lower our energy bill year after year.

At our California facilities, our energy-efficiency initiatives resulted in:
26.6 million kilowatt hours saved annually

Helping to put the “smart” in smart grids

We’re contributing to the global evolution toward more efficient energy by enabling the wireless components in smart grids—digitally enabled electrical grids that use wireless networks and information technology to distribute energy more efficiently, saving costs and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the process.

Our acquisition of Atheros Communications substantially expanded our portfolio of smart-grid-related products, including power-line technologies and low-power WiFi solutions. [Read more about Qualcomm Atheros’s smart grid solutions here.] We also announced a new department focused on growing our cellular chipset business in the Internet of Everything space, with initial focus on smart automotive and energy solutions.

CPS Energy of Texas showed that using Qualcomm-enabled smart grid solutions to power 140,000 homes could save 145,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually and delay the need to build a new power plant.

Source: Wireless and The Environment: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges, BSR and CTIA, October 2011.

We helped advance smart grid technologies in other ways this past year as well:

  • Mark Klerer, our senior director of technology, was vice chair of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). The SGIP is a public-private partnership that coordinates standardization activities for U.S. smart grid standards and has developed a number of plans to address reduction of the nation’s carbon footprint via the use of plug-in electric vehicles and renewable energies like wind.
  • We participated in state, federal and international government rule-making and public-comment opportunities regarding smart grids.
  • We sponsored a meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as well as GridWeek, two key annual events for businesses, utilities and policymakers focused on smart grid technologies. Qualcomm representatives gave presentations and took part in panel discussions at both events, and we exhibited multiple smart grid solutions containing our products.
  • We continued our membership in the GridWise Alliance, an organization representing virtually the entire energy supply chain and aimed at making the U.S. energy grid sustainable.
  • We continued to invest in Consert, Inc., a provider of home energy management systems. Consert leverages our 3G cellular technology in solutions that enable residential energy users to better manage their power consumption through an online portal.
  • We participated in the Electricity Subgroup of the Future Transportation Fuels Study, a study of America’s energy diversification led by the National Petroleum Council and commissioned by former Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman.

We also collaborated on energy-related initiatives related to carbon emissions and climate change. Read about those here.