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TI Recycles 96 percent of Industrial Waste

Texas Instruments released its fourth-annual corporate citizenship report (CCR) yesterday, detailing the company’s 2009 social responsibility and environmental performance and goals.

Last year, the electronics company reported that it prevented 22,000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through new energy-efficiency projects, helping reduce its carbon footprint, reduced our global and U.S. absolute PFC emissions by 10 percent from 1995, decreased energy use by 3 percent, and instituted its first worldwide energy strategy manager.

It also reduced water use at fabrication facilities by about 32 percent (per product shipped) and began recycling rechargeable lithium batteries used in Education Technology products. TI recycled 1.2 billion gallons of water globally; about 14 percent of its total water use. TI recycled 89 percent of our nonindustrial waste and 96 percent of industrial waste.

Thirty eight percent of U.S. print and paper goods purchases came from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)- and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified suppliers, and the company has plans to develop a policy that will expand responsible purchasing to other paper products.

The company also outlined its plans for 2010, including saving $4 million through energy efficiency strategies, implementing changes in processes to comply with IECQ 080000 requirements, replacing older vehicles in its fleet with more fuel efficient models, and transitioning Education Technology products to run on mercury-free batteries. It also announced plans to formalize its global energy strategy, establish consumption and procurement targets, and determine how to coordinate reduction efforts worldwide.

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