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Our Eco-Conscious products make for a healthy planet
Samsung Electronics gives the utmost priority to the environment -- from the moment product planning begins until a product’s final disposal. Our Eco-design Process, adopted in 2004, thoroughly analyzes a product’s potential environmental impact. We are doing our best to make our products as eco-conscious as they are functional -- from conserving resources and making new, innovative products to ensuring they are easy to recycle at end-of-life. This is why our products are recognised around the world as eco-conscious.
2020 KPI: Developing eco-conscious products
Eco-conscious product development
Product energy efficiency improvement
The Eco-design Process considers a product’s environmental impact on the environment starting with the product design phase
The Eco-design Process is an environmentally-friendly evaluation method used during the product planning phase. We look thoroughly into a product’s environmental impact at each step -- from product design to logistics, distribution and take-back. Through this process, we identify a product’s particular features aligning with Eco-Conscious practices like using a minimum of resources in manufacturing, eliminating unnecessary packaging, distributing efficiently, and recycling products effectively at end-of-life.
In the case of refrigerators, the Eco-design Process led us to replace ozone-depleting substance with Eco-Conscious refrigerant. We also made technological progress through the use of a compressor that minimizes energy loss by quickly supplying only enough cooled air to keep food fresh. In these ways, the Eco-design Process enables Samsung Electronics to offer products that consider the environment while making life more convenient.
The state-of-the-art features of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 received a tremendous response, and these innovations were no exception in terms of environmental features. In developing the Galaxy S8, we did not settle for merely meeting the environmental standards of each country but comprehensively examined the potential environmental impact of the device using the Eco-design Process. In addition, our QLED televisions have attracted focused attention for its cadmium-free Quantum Dot technology, overcoming the technological limitations of previous Quantum Dot technologies which had failed to remove cadmium usage to achieve efficiency. In recognition of our environmental commitment, the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ received the highest Gold Rating from the renowned US Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), while our QLED TVs won the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Gold Award for Cutting Edge from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in January, 2017.
Samsung Electronics carries out environmental assessments of major products, applying strict internationally-approved certification standards. We adopt assessment criteria from the Korean government’s Eco-Label certification, the United States’ Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), and the sustainability certification standards of the US Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).
As part of our dedication to going eco-conscious, we have also developed an indicator to show the rate of our eco-conscious product development, and we have been publishing the numbers. Samsung Electronics will continue to work so that over 90% of our newly developed products are eco-conscious by 2020.
Environmentally sensitive substances in all products
are strictly managed To make them safe to use
Under the principle of “no compromise on environmental issues” Samsung Electronics closely manages environmentally sensitive substances. In line with tighter international environmental regulations, we have established the ‘Standards for Control of Substances Used in Products’ and have been conducting thorough preliminary inspections and follow-up management on all components and raw materials that are used. We have voluntarily formulated reduction plans for the use of not only restricted substances, but also potentially environmentally sensitive ones such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), beryllium and antimony. All the while, we have been continuously reducing the use of environmentally sensitive materials in products.
Samsung Electronics has been proactively managing environmentally sensitive substances since 2004, two years in advance of the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. The impetus for establishing a stringent management system internally before the EU issued its Directive was Samsung Electronics’ management philosophy emphasizing the environment. Starting in 2005, we built a lab for analyzing environmentally sensitive substances and volatile organic compounds and we set up a self-monitoring system. Moreover, we were certified as an authorized testing lab by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) of Germany, achieving recognition for our credibility and expertise in chemical substance analysis.
Samsung Electronics acknowledges the environment as an important value for the future, and we have adopted our own standards that are stricter than international requirements in terms of hazardous substance verification and management. Our Hazardous Substance Management Standards are categorized into 4 classes and, accordingly, we examine and improve our products to make them safer and more eco-conscious.
|2018||· Plans to restrict the use of 4 types of phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP) in all components|
|2016||· Restricted use of 4 types of phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP) in new components|
|2015||· Banned the use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and nonylphenol|
|2013||· Released phthalate and antimony-free products (some components of laptops, TVs, monitors and home theater products)|
|2012||· Released PVC-free products (some components of laptops, TVs, monitors and home theater products)
· Banned the use of chlorinated flame retardants in mobile phones and MP3 players
|2011||· Released mobile phones completely free of beryllium compounds|
|2010||· Banned the use of cobalt chloride
· Released newly developed mobile phones, cameras, and MP3 players completely free of BFRs and PVC
|2008||· Banned the use of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and antimony compounds
· Released mobile phones completely free of BFRs and PVC (some models)
|2006||· Set plans to reduce the use of BFRs and PVC|
|2005||· Banned the use of PBB and PBDE in products and BFRs in packaging materials
· Developed a technical tree to reduce the use of BFRs (supply chain improvement)
|2004||· Completely removed cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg) and hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)|
|2003||· Introduced the Standards for Control of Substances Used in Products|
Samsung Electronics believes that environmentally sensitive substances should also be strictly controlled in the supply chain. If suppliers use environmentally sensitive substances in the raw materials, components and products they provide and fail to process them properly, our final products will not be environmentally friendly. Therefore, to prevent our suppliers from using environmentally sensitive substances and to enable the strict management of substances, we have implemented the Eco-Partner Certification system.
Samsung Electronics continues to research ways to save energy
Samsung Electronics ceaselessly endeavors to manufacture highly energy-efficient products that use less energy for better performance. If a product can deliver an even more outstanding performance using less energy, then customers can save on energy costs. Less energy is used to generate power, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions. By applying innovative, highly energy-efficient technology, the amount of energy consumed when using our products in 2016 decreased by an average of 49% compared to 2008. This means we were able to make a better-performing product using half the energy. But our work does not stop there -- we continue our research to develop groundbreaking technology that will reduce energy use even further.
· Recycled plastic in charger case and inner tray
· Recycled paper in product packaging box
· Charger energy efficiency of 86%
· Lower levels of potentially environmentally sensitive substances (antimony, BFRs, etc.)
· Eco-certified by US EPEAT, UK, Russia, and Brazil (2017)
SSD 850 EVO 250GB
· Achieved industry’s lowest ‘Global Warming Potential’ (9.327kg of CO2
is produced per device, a smaller amount than the 9.36kg an average 30-year-old tree can uptake in a year)
· Certified under Environmental Declaration of Products (EDP) program* operated by Korea’s Ministry of Environment(*Environmental Declaration of Products: National certification system disclosing the quantitative environmental impact of a product or service throughout its entire life-cycle, from raw material collection to product disposal)
· Super Speed setting cuts laundry time by almost half to 40 minutes
· Corresponding 20% drop in power consumption
Breeze-free Air Conditioner
· Achieved highest energy efficiency in Korea with new heat exchanger technology and ultra power-saving Smart Inverter technology
· Reduces power consumption by up to 80% using metal cooling panels and breeze-free air cooling technology
· Awarded the Prime Minister Award (grand prize) at the 20th Energy Winner Awards in 2017
· Achieved lowest power consumption in Korea at 28.5kWh per month by applying dual compressor technology to minimize energy loss by quickly delivering only the required amount of cooled air
· Started pilot project in cooperation with KEPCO to reduce energy use by installing peak power management feature in Smart Home function
· Reduced energy needed to generate heat by applying heat pump technology, enabling heat to be reused
· Achieved 25% energy savings through Eco Dry technology
· Obtained Sustainability Standards certification from US AHAM (2016)
Samsung Electronics’ eco-conscious efforts are acknowledged around the world
Samsung Electronics’ products have been recognized for their eco-friendliness in many countries including the US, Europe, China and Brazil, where they have been granted eco-certifications such as eco-marks and carbon emission labels. This was made possible by our efforts to study and develop products that put the environment first, using advanced technology. But our work is not finished -- Samsung Electronics will continue to pursue a ‘PlanetFirst’ vision, prioritizing the Earth and the environment. We will do our best to make life convenient yet environmentally sustainable.