If you’re noticing the weather getting hotter and your leccy bill getting higher over the years, you’re not imagining things – the world is indeed getting hotter due to climate change. To address this, 196 of the world’s governments have enacted the Paris Agreement in 2015 which aims to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with a host of other sustainable practices.
To tackle this, Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s largest brands has trailblazer a host of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. Here are some of Samsung’s eco-friendly initiatives that have taken place thus far…
100% Renewable Energy Usage in the U.S, China and Europe
Samsung has committed to having all their worksites in the United States, China and Europe rely exclusively on electricity sourced from renewable sources by 2020. Initiated in June 2018, this has seen remarkable progress with 2019 seeing 92% of the energy used in these facilities generated from renewable sources. In 2020, the company achieved this goal.
Across various worksites in Korea, Samsung has installed solar and geothermal facilities for renewable energy production with geothermal power generation facilities have been installed across the campuses’ parking lots, buildings, roofs and new construction sites deployed at Samsung’s Suwon, Giheung and Pyeongtaek campuses.
Samsung is also implementing regional action plans to promote renewable energy usage, including Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) purchasing and renewable power purchase agreements (PPA) such as energy supply contracts with wind and solar power suppliers in India and the purchase of renewable energy certificates in Mexico.
Samsung Eco-Friendly Products for Everyday Life
Samsung Electronics established a corporate Eco-Council in 2008 and began holding meetings across its diverse array of business units to support the development of energy-efficient products.
This synergy and sharing of technologies has resulted in the creation of products that maximise performance and minimise energy consumption. Earlier this year, Samsung revealed its 2021 TV portfolio at its virtual First Look event where they announced the inclusion of long-term sustainability initiatives such as solar cell-powered remote controls and the use of recycled materials to reduce product carbon footprints.
The aforementioned solar cell-powered remote controls will be offered alongside Samsung’s leading Neo QLED TVs with the long-term benefit of minimising the wastage of 99 million AA batteries across the potential 7 years of its usage life as a remote.
Samsung is also taking the initiative to apply recycled plastics and materials in the rear covers of their monitors and signage and will expand it to more components across their visual display line-up.
Consumers will likely notice this when they see the slim and sleek packaging of the new Galaxy S21 line-up and the recyclable nature of their TV packaging which can be folded and repurposed into new furniture or toys. Samsung’s Visual Display Business is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25,000 tons annually.
The new minimal packaging on Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series smartphones have also received the vaunted ‘Reducing CO2’ certificate from the Carbon Trust, acknowledging the reduction of greenhouse gases the Galaxy S21 produces compared to the previous Galaxy S20.
Samsung has also received the Carbon Trust’s Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) certification for nine memory products that include four DRAM solutions, three solid state drives and two eStorage devices, further cementing their goals towards reducing carbon emissions.
Enhanced Energy Efficiency for Samsung appliances
The U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded six Samsung refrigerators the 2020 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award.
These six refrigerators met three strict performance criteria in ensuring they had efficient compressors, low greenhouse gas blowing agents for insulation and low greenhouse gas refrigerants.
Samsung also implemented their own digital inverter compressors that use 30% less energy than mainline single-speed induction motor compressors, further contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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