Corporate Responsibility
Motorola Mobility

Water and Other Impacts

Volatile Organic material

Volatile organic materials (VOM) include a variety of chemicals emitted as gases by a wide range of office and manufacturing products. In 2012, Motorola Mobility emitted 21.71 tonnes of such materials. Most VOM emissions occurred at our manufacturing sites. They result from the use of organic solvent-based fluids to clean stencils in our screen-printing operations and in the process of soldering electronic components onto circuit boards. We monitor opportunities to change processes and introduce substitutes to reduce these emissions.

Volatile organic material emissions (tonnes)




Year over year change

Volatile organic material



9 percent increase


Ongoing Goal

  • By 2016 we aim to reduce water use normalized to floor space by 10 percent from 2011 levels.

Our electronics manufacturing processes use very little water. Most water use at our sites is in dining facilities and restrooms, as well as in building cooling systems. In 2011, we set a company-wide water use reduction goal and pursued a number of water savings projects at sites around the world.

In 2012, Motorola Mobility used an estimated 1.06 million cubic meters of water.

Water Use




Year over year change

Total water use (cubic meters)*

1.15 million

1.06 million

8 percent decrease

Total water use normalized by floor space (cubic meters/1000ft2)



6 percent decrease

*Water use data measured for 75.4 percent of Motorola Mobility’s floor space totals 795,463 cubic meters in 2012.  Scaled up estimate of water use across all our sites is 1.06 million cubic meters.