Texas Instruments

Environmental responsibility

Air quality

Results | Looking ahead

TI continued work to reduce emissions from operations worldwide in 2013, including nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other emissions.

Our top air-quality achievements for the year included:

  • Receiving the North Texas Commission’s 2013 Working for Clean Air Award in the Most Innovative category. We received this award for our design work in power management and renewable energy technologies.
  • Ensuring that our China manufacturing site continues to comply with our abatement standard, uses ultra-low NOx burners for boilers, and fulfills specific government stack-monitoring requirements for air emissions in light of the extreme air pollution in that country.
  • Complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particle pollution. These particles may contain nitrates, sulfates, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust.

Results

In 2013, we:

  • Kept our CFC refrigerant leak rate constant at 2.8 percent, and replaced or retired three of our remaining 28 chillers.
  • Decreased NOx emissions from U.S. sites by 24 percent, primarily due to the shutdown of TI’s manufacturing site (HFAB) initiated during the year in Stafford, Texas.
  • Reported emissions from U.S. sites into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory. Our 2013 data, which we will submit in July 2014, will show a decrease in permitted air releases, also due to the shutdown of HFAB.




Looking ahead

In 2014, we will continue to monitor emerging legislation, especially in China and Germany, which could impact our air-management programs. In addition, our assembly/test site in the Philippines plans to replace hazardous air pollutant chemistry with a nonhazardous alternative. Similar sites are evaluating this initiative as well.