At Qualcomm, we’re proud to join President Obama’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The pledge supports the president’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to cut nearly 6 billion tons of carbon pollution through 2030. Qualcomm’s goal is to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our global operations by 30 percent, compared to a 2014 baseline, by 2025.
As a company of inventors and engineers who have been part of making the world a better place through mobile, we continue to look at new technologies and solutions that do even more. Addressing the seriousness of climate change to ensure a safe and sustainable world for future generations is part of what we’re about. We have always been—and continue to remain—committed to collaborating with all sectors of society to develop innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenge we face today.
The evidence of climate change is undeniable. As a former member of the U.S. National Security Council staff in the Obama administration, I saw first-hand the wide range of issues, geographies and people affected by our changing climate. In many parts of the world—including many that have significant strategic value to the U.S.—climate issues are exacerbating conflicts, affecting how people obtain food and water and challenging how they source energy supplies. Efforts by governments, individuals and companies to mitigate climate change must continue both here in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, and the goals included in the President’s Pledge are a strong step in the right direction.
In addition to signing the Pledge, we’ve taken a range of actions to do our part in fighting climate change at our corporate home in San Diego, where we’ve achieved LEED Gold-certified status at our Pacific Center campus. The Qualcomm Real Estate and Facilities (QREF) and Smart Cities teams worked with partners to deploy smart sensors and systems that collect data from power and HVAC systems. Our Qualcomm Smart Campus OS analyzes the collected data and determines what resources are needed and when. We’re aiming for a 10-12 percent savings in energy use and close to a 15 percent increase in operational efficiency. Our plan is to leverage what we learn from this smart campus pilot and then scale the solution throughout our real estate portfolio.
In India, we support Project Surya, which is helping fight global warming by replacing traditional, biomass-burning cook stoves—used by approximately 3 billion of the world’s population—with cleaner technologies. Through Qualcomm Wireless Reach, we’re collaborating with Nexleaf Analytics, The Energy and Resources Institute New Delhi, and Project Surya on SootSwap, an application that works with a mobile phone and sensing device to monitor the use and incentivize the adoption of clean cooking technologies.
On a macro level, we’ve been participating in the international climate negotiations through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2009. We take action on environmental and energy issues through our engagement in cross-industry forums, such as the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Smart Cities Council, International Caucus Conservation Foundation and Industrial Environmental Association, and are always looking for creative ways to exceed the GHG targets we’ve set, and for our partners in our supply chain, too. And last year we became a signatory to the Climate Declaration to show our support for U.S. leadership on addressing climate change.
We support the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future, and call on other companies to do the same. As the president has said, the time for aggressive and meaningful action on climate change is now.
I am proud of Qualcomm’s efforts and pleased we are supporting this Climate Pledge. As a father of the three kids, I am grateful for all of the pledges that will help ensure an environmentally sound future for everyone, including my children, and one day their children as well.
To learn more about Qualcomm’s actions to protect the planet, check out our latest Sustainability Report.