ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

We’re committed to protecting the planet.

Climate change is a serious environmental, social, and economic threat that calls for immediate and concerted action among all sectors of society. Our EHS policy highlights our commitment to minimize our environmental footprint by preventing pollution, reducing our consumption of resources on a per capita basis, and consuming and disposing of materials in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Our goal, consistent with science-based reductions required to keep global warming well below 2°C, is a 30 percent reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from our global operations, compared to a 2014 baseline, by 2025.

Managing and reducing our environmental footprint.

We are committed to conducting our operations and activities in a manner that provides and maintains safe, healthful, and productive working conditions, protects the environment and the communities in which we work, and conserves natural resources. We work to continually improve our established environment, health and safety (EHS) management systems to maintain compliance with applicable legal and other requirements, monitor and improve EHS performance, eliminate hazards and risks, and incorporate industry best practices.

Our manufacturing facilities in China, Germany and Singapore have been International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 (Environmental Management System Standard) certified since 1999. Additionally, our Germany facility has been ISO 50001 (Energy Management System standard) certified since 2014 and we plan to expand our ISO 50001 certification to our Singapore and China facilities by 2023.

We use different methods to drive investment in emissions reduction activities and environmental responsibility measures. These include:

  • Internal finance mechanisms: Using electricity more efficiently helps us minimize our carbon footprint while avoiding millions of dollars in costs. Energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, data centers, and information technology (IT) equipment all help lighten our load. When feasible, we build new buildings according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) methodology. By sourcing, designing, and building with sustainable products, we minimize waste and water usage, improve indoor air quality, and help reduce GHG emissions.
  • Energy efficiency measures: Our energy efficiency savings across our building space in California and Bangalore have realized approximately $7.5 million in avoided costs each year. As we continue to evaluate our operations globally to explore opportunities for increasing our renewable energy purchases. We reduced our GHG emissions in India alone by approximately 22,485 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) through the purchase of solar energy for our Bangalore offices. This represents the first year of output from our 10-year power purchase agreement signed in 2018 to increase our renewable energy consumption. We also own and operate several on-site solar generating systems in San Diego and Bangalore, which are helping us achieve our GHG emissions reduction goal.
  • Compliance with regulatory standards: We have complied with California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) since January 2010, contributing to a reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions. Our provider is also on track to ramp up to approximately 60% renewable energy by 2030, in line with California’s RPS goals.
  • Technology improvements: We continue to invest in leading-edge technology. Many of these technologies offer increased capability while, at the same time, attain power consumption efficiencies. Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are industry-leading in their power consumption optimizations, also enabling longer battery life and Increase renewable energy purchases.
  • Cutting waste from operations:Qualcomm depends on a robust IT infrastructure for all aspects of our daily operations. We take steps to minimize energy consumption and waste in our IT system, keeping costs and environmental considerations in mind. Measures like powering down printers, connecting through wireless backhaul, and deploying modular and performance optimized data centers have made a significant difference. Our office kitchens and cafes have active recycling and food composting programs which help reduce waste to landfills from our corporate offices. We also engage employees in conservation efforts by conducting regular on-site events for personal e-waste collection and recycling.
  • Making every drop count: : As water sources around the world become increasingly stressed, we are acutely aware of the need to treat water as the precious resource it is. We prioritize assessing our water footprint and conserving water, particularly in California, the location of our headquarters and a state perennially challenged by water scarcity. In our facilities, we make our greatest gains in water conservation by using reclaimed water instead of potable water for irrigation and our cooling plant systems, whenever possible.
  • Promoting water conservation and transparency in our supply chain: As a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), we expect our manufacturing suppliers to reduce water waste and to treat wastewater according to regulatory standards prior to any discharge or disposal. Because semiconductor processing is water intensive, we work closely with the suppliers that make our integrated-circuit products to promote efficient water use. We ask our key semiconductor manufacturing suppliers to report their water use via the CDP water disclosure survey or the RBA Environmental Reporting Initiative.

Assessing climate related risks through Climate Scenario Analysis.

In 2020, we conducted our first company-wide climate scenario analysis (CSA), which included a qualitative evaluation of 1.5°C, 2°C and 4°C warming scenarios. Our analysis included a limited set of risks: price of carbon (transition risk), coastal flooding, high heat days, water stress, extreme cold days, average temperature and air pollution (physical risks).

As we evaluated the impacts to our business under these three scenarios, we focused on the potential for increased operating costs and increased business interruption across our operations. We leveraged standardized, third-party climate modeling data, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), and applied internal data sources such as our global greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and facilities data. For more information on our climate scenario analysis, please refer to our 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Reporting our GHG emissions.

Qualcomm has achieved Climate Registered™ Gold status. We did this by successfully measuring our worldwide Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program, having the data third-party verified, and then reporting the data on The Climate Registry’s website.

At Qualcomm, as part of being accountable around our environmental performance and GHG emission reduction efforts, we have been responding to CDP Climate Change survey on an annual basis since 2010. Read our disclosures to the CDP Climate Change surveys.

Beyond GHG emissions.

In addition to tracking our GHG emissions, we track emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic chemicals that are generated as by-products of three cogeneration turbine plants at our corporate headquarters. These highly efficient turbines are fueled by natural gas and enable us to produce some of our own electricity, reducing costs and GHG output. We use heat captured in the turbines to power large chillers in our corporate campus’ air-conditioning system, further saving electricity, and reducing carbon emissions.

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