Results | Looking ahead
In 2013, TI had a goal to reduce utility costs by $8 million by implementing energy-saving projects. We exceeded that goal, achieving savings of $10.2 million by implementing 112 energy-efficiency projects worldwide. These efforts prevent 34,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually (primarily through indirect emissions reductions).
We are also proud to have reached the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants program goal a full seven years early. Our goal was to reduce energy intensity at U.S. manufacturing sites by 25 percent by 2020 (from a 2010 baseline). We have now reached a 32 percent reduction. The intent of the program is to encourage participants to reduce energy waste and air pollution, grow the number of jobs, and ultimately make the U.S. manufacturing sector more competitive. Our extremely efficient fabrication site in Richardson, Texas, was critical to helping us achieve this milestone.
Finally, TI completed follow-up energy assessments at facilities in the Philippines, Taiwan and California during the year. This effort included reviewing progress made at each site, updating project priorities, and sharing best practices.
In 2013, we:
- Although it takes a fairly small amount of energy to manufacture a single semiconductor chip, TI manufactures billions of chips each year. That's why we set a global goal in 2010 to reduce the energy required to design, market and manufacture a chip by 45 percent by 2015. After three years of working toward this goal, our normalized energy use decreased by 15 percent. This figure will continue to improve with the shutdown of operations at two older factories and the shift of production to more efficient facilities in 2014.
- Our overall energy use globally was 10.4 million British thermal units (MMBTUs) or 3,035 million kilowatt hours, which made up about 59 percent of our carbon footprint. This was an 8 percent decrease from 11.2 million MMBTUs or 3,295 million kilowatt hours in 2012.
- In 2013, 21.6 percent of our total grid-supplied power came from renewable energy, up slightly from 20.8 percent in 2012.
TI's plans for 2014 will be to:
- Continue implementing energy- and water-saving projects (at least one per site) that will reduce utility costs by $9 million.
- Assess an acquired assembly/test site in Chengdu, China, for efficiency opportunities and develop an improvement plan.
- Hold two energy workshops for our sites to share project successes and focus efforts on impactful projects.
- Continue to use best practices, assessments and idea sharing to decrease utility use at all existing sites.
- Identify new opportunities to purchase more affordable renewable energy sources.