Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Company news - Motorola

Motorola, in its recent CRS report, says that it supports global mandatory greenhouse gas emission reductions by at least 50% below 1990 levels by 2050 (a commendable viewpoint, but it might be better to be more precise about the target).

The company's own strategy includes absolute and normalised goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 15% per million dollars of sales by 2010, compared with 2005, and to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 6% percent by 2010, compared with 2000 (required to meet the company's Chicago Climate Exchange commitment).

In 2008, Motorola's carbon footprint (GHG scope 1 and 2) totaled 535,377 tonnes CO2, compared to 671,791 tonnes in 2005 (a 20% reduction). However, normalised emissions decreased by only 2.6% in 2008 due to weaker sales. The chart gives the details and the full report is here.

Whilst Motorola is clearly making progress, it seems to be mostly down to a reduction in business. In any case, it is absolute reductions that should be the target - normalised targets are not going to allow the company to match the 50% reduction of emissions by 2050 that it supports once the economy starts to pick up.

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