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.
We are working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in our operations and value chain. Our goals, aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5°C, are:
• To reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030 from 2020 base year
• To reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 25 percent by 2030 from 2020 base year
• To reach net-zero global operational emission for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2040
We also maintain our 2025 GHG reduction goal, consistent with science-based reductions required to keep global warming well below 2°C, to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30 percent compared to a 2014 base year.
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:
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™ Platinum status. We earned this recognition by publicly reporting a third-party verified GHG emissions inventory for our operations. This data will enable us to continue to track and credibly report our climate initiatives and GHG reductions over time.
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 found at the bottom of this page.
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.