At TI, we use the term "sustainability" primarily in relation to the operation of our business. We believe responsible, sustainable operations can meet current resource needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
We work toward sustainability by reducing waste and inefficiency in operations, including our manufacturing facilities, office buildings and distribution activities.
To drive sustainable progress, TI sets both annual and multiyear goals. Our annual targets are designed to achieve continued improvements and cost savings. In 2012, these included reducing waste and chemical use and improving employee safety; specifically, to:
- Maintain a days away, restricted or job transfer case rate less than or equal to 0.08.
- Maintain a recordable case rate less than or equal to 0.20.
- Reduce landfill-bound waste and maximize waste efficiency (recycling rate) at all major sites with a goal of 95 percent.
- Reduce targeted chemical use by 3 percent at fabrication sites (fabs) and assembly/test (A/T) sites.
- Reduce energy use in fabs and A/T sites by 5 percent.
- Implement utility savings projects that save $6 million annually.
We established and reported multiyear sustainability goals for the first time in 2011. We set five-year goals because we can experience large swings in results due to a variety of business conditions. In the last two years, for example, TI purchased several existing manufacturing facilities. As we continue to implement energy- and water-efficiency projects at these newly acquired sites, we expect to see accelerated improvement toward our 2015 targets.
By the end of 2015, we aim to:
- Reduce the energy required per chip by 45 percent.
- Reduce extracted water required per chip by 45 percent.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per chip by 30 percent.
We measure progress against a baseline performance, established in 2010.