Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Reducing GHG contributions

PFC emissions | Energy

Not every climate-change mitigation strategy is appropriate for TI. We must weigh each greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction decision by balancing sustainability progress against practical cost considerations. In 2011, we set an ambitious company goal to reduce GHG emissions per chip produced by 30 percent over the next five years.

We currently focus our efforts on reducing emissions from two primary areas – perfluorocompounds (PFCs) and energy use – which make up the majority of our emissions.

PFC emissions

PFCs are a group of chemicals vital to semiconductor manufacturing that are considered greenhouse gases. Our industry recognizes that although the volume of such chemicals used may be small, we are still obligated to find technically and economically feasible alternatives that further reduce PFC emissions while preserving product quality.

As part of a 10-year, industry wide voluntary memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TI reported PFC emissions to the agency, supporting a 10 percent reduction of emissions from a 1995 baseline through 2010. The semiconductor industry successfully achieved and far surpassed that goal.

Our company committed to helping the industry achieve a new goal, established in 2011, to reduce normalized perfluorocompound emissions by 30 percent per amount of product produced (based on surface area) by 2020.

We voluntarily report PFC and other GHG emissions to the World Semiconductor Council as part of the U.S. industry report. In addition, we report our performance to the CDP, a group of institutional investors that encourage private- and public-sector organizations to measure, manage and reduce emissions. We also report our U.S. GHG emissions to the U.S. EPA to comply with the mandatory GHG reporting rule.


The production of energy from fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas. The majority of our GHG emissions are from upstream emissions at energy generation facilities.

The actions taken and planned in our energy section are significantly contributing to a reduction in our GHG emissions.