Results | Looking ahead
TI's key air-quality achievements for the year included:
While we increased our chiller inventory to 28 with the acquisition of National Semiconductor in late 2011, we continued retiring large manufacturing chillers that use CFC refrigerant as part of our facility maintenance/replacement strategy.
- Assessing facility systems, including air-quality controls, to address opportunities for improvement.
- Receiving the North Texas Commission's 2012 Working for Clean Air Award in the Best Business Operations category. We received this award for having an overall plan to reduce energy consumption in our business operations, which reduces emissions.
In 2012, we:
- Reduced our CFC refrigerant leak rate from 4.8 percent in 2011 to 2.8 percent.
- Increased emissions of volatile organic compounds in the U.S. an estimated 11 percent, primarily due to the inclusion of emissions from a manufacturing site in Maine, which was part of the National Semiconductor acquisition. Without this addition, our 2012 emissions would have shown a year-on-year reduction of 4 percent.
- Increased nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from U.S. sites by 3.7 percent, again primarily due to the inclusion of the Maine site.
- Integrated emissions from former National Semiconductor U.S. sites into our report to the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory. Our 2012 data, which we will submit in July 2013, will show an increased in permitted air releases due to the inclusion of emissions from the Maine site.
- We added additional chillers with the acquisition of National Semiconductor, increasing our number of chillers using CFC refrigerant to 28 and increasing our total charge to 51,800 pounds.
In 2013, we will:
- Work to comply with a new U.S. NOx-reduction regulation that places limitations on diesel-powered generator maintenance and requires documentation of such activities. We are currently ahead of schedule to comply with this requirement.
- Continue to monitor emerging legislation that may impact our air-management programs.
- Seek opportunities to replace or retire our remaining 28 chillers.