Corporate Responsibility
Motorola Mobility

Energy and Climate Change

At Motorola Mobility we are working hard to shrink our energy use and carbon footprint. By doing so, we can improve efficiency, cut costs, and honor our corporate responsibility commitments.

We approach this challenge by focusing on efficiency and on sourcing energy from clean renewable sources such as wind power. We have set energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2011-2016.

Energy efficiency

Energy Use 



2012 Year over year change

Energy use* (million KwH)



7 percent decrease

* Energy use data for electricity and natural gas representing the 78.20 percent of Motorola Mobility’s floor space for which data was available, totaled 200.1 million kilowatt hours in 2012. Factors from the Commercial buildings energy consumption survey (CBECS) published by the U.S. Energy information Administration were used to estimate the energy use of the remaining facilities.

** Because methods used to estimate electricity were modified in 2012, previously published 2011 data has been updated accordingly using consistent methods for both years.

Using energy more efficiently across our operations and facilities brings multiple benefits. It helps us in our commitment to tackling climate change, and it enables us to introduce operational efficiencies that in turn reduce costs, benefiting our bottom line. Our strong focus on building efficiency also helps us manage the risk of rising energy prices and be well prepared for potential future regulations.

Energy management at Motorola Mobility is coordinated by a global energy team, made up of representatives from Real Estate and Workplace Services; Facilities Management; Environment, Health and Safety; and Procurement.

In 2012, Motorola Mobility used 227.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy.  Lighting, Chiller and HVAC optimization initiatives, such as installation of occupancy sensors and demand control ventilation systems, helped us cut our energy use in 2012.

Renewable energy

Ongoing Goal

  • Increase our purchase of electricity from renewable sources to 50 percent by 2016

Global Renewable Energy Purchases (percent of total energy)




Total renewable energy purchases



Voluntary renewable energy purchases*



Grid renewable energy purchases**



* Purchased through Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (U.S. only)

** Figure represents renewable energy data from certain utilities that provide energy to Motorola Mobility sites.

*** Because methods used to estimate electricity were modified in 2012, previously published 2011 data has been updated accordingly using consistent methods for both years.

Our previous renewable energy goal was to purchase 30 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020. We have exceeded that goal early, due to increased voluntary purchases. We have therefore increased our goal to purchase 50 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2016. In the U.S. we bought 80,000 MWH of green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to support our goal.  In addition to purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), we will evaluate other opportunities for renewable energy procurement and installation.

In 2011, we joined WindMade, a labeling program that certifies companies that purchase at least 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources. In January of 2013, we were awarded the WindMade certification label, demonstrating that 66 percent of the power we used in our U.S. operations is covered by wind energy (based on 2011 data).

We also belong to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership and qualify for the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club. To be eligible for the leadership club, partners must purchase at least 30 percent of their U.S. electricity from renewable sources.  As of January 9th 2013, Motorola Mobility ranked 7th on the EPA's Top List of Green Power Users within the Technology & Telecom Sector, highlighting the largest green power purchasers in our sector in the United States.

Climate change

Ongoing goals

  • By 2016, reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2011 levels
  • By 2016, reduce greenhouse gas emissions normalized to floor space by 15 percent from 2011 levels

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tonnes of CO2 equivalent) *



2012 Year over year change

Greenhouse gas emissions – Scope 1



31 percent decrease

Greenhouse gas emissions – Scope 2



9 percent decrease

Total greenhouse gas emissions



11 percent decrease

Total greenhouse gases normalized by floorspace (tonnes/1000ft2)



8 percent  decrease

* Scope 1 emissions for 2011 were updated to correct data reporting errors and to include fleet vehicles owned in Latin America.  These changes were also reflected in the 2012 data calculations.

** Because methods used to estimate electricity were modified in 2012, which affects Scope 2 emissions, previously published 2011 data has been updated accordingly using consistent methods for both years.

*** In July 2012, we sold our corporate aircraft, which contributed to the reduction of our scope 1 mobile emissions.

Motorola Mobility recognizes that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. We believe addressing this challenge will require concerted effort by governments, business, civil society and consumers.

We are playing our part by:

  • Cutting the impact of our operations through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy purchases, as described above.
  • Improving the energy efficiency of our product range.

Measuring our operational greenhouse gas emissions provides a baseline for us to improve against, and is critical to identifying opportunities to reduce emissions.

Motorola Mobility measures its carbon footprint according to the scope 1 and 2 emissions defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the leading international greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standard. By measuring our global emissions we set a baseline for emission reduction goals and activities.

In 2012, our global (Scope 1 and 2) GHG emissions totaled 101,901 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent.  

3rd Party Verification

An independent 3rd party verification of Motorola Mobility's 2012 greenhouse gas emissions data has been completed.  Please refer to the verification statement for further details.  

Employee Business Travel

While some business travel is essential, it also offers opportunities for energy and cost savings. Our travel policy requires employees to travel as little as possible for work, instead making use of audio-conferencing, web meetings and video-conferencing, where available.