Samsung's commitment to the environment starts with intelligent design and manufacturing. From the energy we use at our facilities to the packaging of our products, we never stop thinking of innovative ways to reduce our impact upon the earth.
At Samsung, we want to ensure that you can enjoy the most cutting-edge technology without compromising a greener way of life. That's why we pay close attention to the way everything we make affects the environment, from initial product concept to manufacturing, delivery and recycling—the entire life cycle of our products.
Samsung is at the forefront of clean production at our manufacturing facilities, using renewable energy through our participation with the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program. You can see our commitment at work in Austin, Texas, where our semiconductor facility is wind powered, or at our solar-powered lab in Los Angeles. We even have electric vehicle charging ports at our L.A. office.
Our partnership with the EPA's SmartWay Transport program ensures that we use fuel-efficient transportation for delivery, and we actively participate in offset programs through Carbonfund, which awarded Samsung a 2010 Carbon Neutral Innovation award for creating the first carbon-neutral World Cyber Games (WCG).
We're also taking big steps towards reducing or eliminating the use of hazardous manufacturing materials. We use no mercury or spray paint in the production of our LED TVs. And while we're eliminating dangerous materials, we're always looking for new, eco-friendly materials like the innovative, corn-based bioplastic used in our groundbreaking Reclaim™ Cell Phone (whose hardware is also 84% recyclable).
This is only the beginning. Samsung has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions at manufacturing facilities by 31% from 2008 levels, and we're investing more than $4 billion in initiatives that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our facilities and products. By 2013, these efforts should help reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from all products, resulting in an 84MM ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and that means a cleaner, greener planet for all of us.
When it comes to packaging, we're thinking inside the box—from what it's made of to the ink we use for printing. The 100% recyclable cardboard box of our Reclaim Cell Phone is made from 70% post-consumer materials and printed with soy ink, and we've replaced the paper manual with an easy-to-use online manual—which not only saves paper, but means you'll always have the manual at your fingertips when you need it, not buried in the back of a drawer. Great design also leads to better packaging—because our LED TVs are thinner, they require less packaging, which also allows more sets to be shipped in one trip to our distribution centers and retail partners and less fuel to be consumed in the delivery of our LED TVs.
These are just some examples of how Samsung is using innovative design and manufacturing to protect the earth and our resources. Our commitment begins here...and continues with sustainability initiatives to Conserve and Renew.