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Motorola Releases 2007 CSR Report, Reclassification Doubles Haz Waste

motorola_csr_report.jpgIn its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report Motorola, Inc. highlights actions the company has taken on social, accountability and sustainability issues.

In 2007, Motorola used 690.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy, a three percent decrease from 711.8 million kilowatt-hours
used in 2005 despite a net gain of five sites during the period. This resulted in a three percent reduction in its carbon footprint.

Purchases of renewable energy remained at 5.4 percent in 2007.

In 2007, Motorola produced 670 tonnes of hazardous waste compared to 319 tonnes in 2005. The company says that the increase is due to the reclassification of electronics waste from nonhazardous to hazardous waste in China and Malaysia.

Electronics waste accounte for 417 tonnes or 62 percent of the total. Excluding this electronics waste, the company produced 253 tonnes of hazardous waste in 2007, a decrease of 21 percent from 2005.

Recycling of non-hazardous waste remained steady at approximately 80 percent in 2007.

In a move we haven’t seen much of yet, the company is pushing the Moto Q9h, which does the job of a mobile phone, a music player, a watch, an alarm clock, a calculator, a PDA and a basic computer, according to the company, as a product that helps the environment. By reducing the number of separate devices people need, the company says it cuts down on the use of resources, e-waste and energy consumption during product use.

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