The 'greening of processes' aims to improve Samsung Electronics' resource efficiency through the development of clean production technologies, material reduction and recycling, reducing factory emissions (land, air and water) and maximizing energy efficiency. A key focus area is our plan to reduce direct and indirect GHG emissions in response to the current climate change challenges.
Climate Change policy
The 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development highlighted the need to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which have a direct impact on climate change. Under the ground-breaking Kyoto Protocol, signatory countries are required to reduce their combined GHG emissions by 5.2% from 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.
Samsung Electronics recognizes that it is not only countries but also companies that have a responsibility to address the global challenges posed by climate change. Samsung Electronics supports global mandatory cuts of Greenhouse Gas emissions of at least 50% by 2050 (from 1990 levels) and mandatory domestic cuts by industrialized countries (Annex I countries of Kyoto Protocol) of at least 30% as a group by 2020. The company also calls for global greenhouse gas emissions to peak by 2015.
To date, the company has focused on its direct impacts; reducing CO2 emissions during manufacturing processes via a range of energy-saving initiatives and improving the energy efficiency of products during use. Future plans will expand Samsung Electronics' GHG emission reduction efforts to cover additional direct impact areas such as logistics and indirect sources where possible.
Samsung Electronics has participated in several voluntary government-led initiatives on climate change in Korea where 60% of our workforce and the majority of our operations are based. These include:
- Mock CO2 emissions trading supported by the Korea Energy Management Corp (KEMCO);
- National Korean Greenhouse Gas Register (trial project)
- Voluntary agreements to reduce energy consumption in all Samsung Electronics workplaces in Korea via the Catch CO2 Project.
Voluntary agreement to reduce green house gases
In 2000, Samsung Electronics became signatory to the government-initiated Voluntary Agreement on reducing green house gases in Korea. Each Samsung Electronics factory in Korea has joined the Voluntary Agreement and implemented a plan to save energy annually and reduce CO2 emissions.
* The Voluntary Agreement
The purpose is to save energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions between the government and a business entity that consumes more than 2,000 TOE (Ton Oil Equivalent) of energy annually. The business entity sets energy saving targets for a period of 3~5 years starting from the agreement year. In return, the government provides incentives such as tax benefits and technology support.
[ the ceremony to join the voluntary agreement ]
Catch CO2 Project
Catch CO2 is the slogan for activities carried out at SEC business sites in Korea to lower the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). The production facilities are encouraged to optimize energy consumption, and new facilities are adopting low-power technologies under this program.
For semiconductor business, We are taking various steps to lower polyfluorocarbon (PFC) emissions from our semiconductor fabrication facilities, including the adoption of treatment systems, use of alternative gases and process optimization.
In production facilities, we are recovering and reusing waste heat, installing high-efficiency coolers and low-power pumps, and seeking ways to reduce energy consumption.
Reduction Goals for emissions of GHGs
Samsung Electronics sets reduction targets for emissions of GHGs in terms of targets in absolute emissions and relative emissions.
- Reduction target for absolute GHG emissions
: The company will reduce the total emissions of GHGs from its global manufacturing sites by 2% by 2011, from a baseline year of 2008.
- Reduction target for GHG emissions per basic unit*
: The company will reduce GHG emissions per basic unit globally by 36% by 2011, from a baseline year of 2008.
*Basic unit = GHG emissions / (Revenue / Bank of Korea's producer price index)