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Our Environmentally 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 environmentally 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 environmentally conscious.
2020 KPI: Developing environmentally conscious products
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 Environmentally 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 Environmentally 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.
Samsung Electronics’ latest smartphone model Galaxy S10 boasts environmental features as well as excellent performance. Reflecting Samsung Electronics’ circular economy and environmentally conscious packaging policies, the Galaxy S10 not only has an excellent charging efficiency but also uses bio plastic, renewed plastic, and renewed paper. Also, we stopped using plastic packaging materials that were used for our chargers, headsets, and ear tips to join the plastic reduction effort, which has recently attracted the world’s attention. Acknowledged for their features, our products have obtained environmental certifications including the United Kingdom’s Carbon Trust Certification and the United States’ EPEAT (Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool) Certification. The large-capacity Grande Dryer boasts reduced drying time, power consumption, and standby power thanks to a hybrid method that uses both heaters and heat pumps. Furthermore, the product was designed in a way that enables disassembly with ordinary, easily obtainable tools, and its plastic components comply with the 100% material labeling rule to make recycling easy.
Samsung Electronics performs environmental assessments on its products from the product development stage using its assessment system. In order to gain the public’s confidence in the assessment system, we have adopted the certification criteria of Eco-Label, the certification given to environmentally conscious products by the Ministry of Environment of Korea, the United States’ Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Certification, and the United States’ Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) Certification. In addition, we have developed and are operating an indicator for environmentally conscious product development rate and plan to roll out at least 90% of our new products as environmentally conscious products 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 environmentally conscious .
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. As a result of applying innovative, energy-efficient technologies on our products, we were able to lower the energy consumption of our products by 39% 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.
LED TV (UE75NU7100)
· EU Energy Label A+
· Adopt Energy Saving mode
· Screwless Design
(Productivity↑, Recycle availability↑)
· Accessary bag made of 20% of sugarcane
Smartphone (Galaxy Note 9)
· Adoption of high-efficient charger
(Recycling Plastic 20% / Charging efficiency 86% / Standby power 0.02W)
- Ultra Power Saving mode
- Application of Bio material
(Earphone Jack_Bio nylon, packing materials_by-product of sugarcane and bamboo)
Notebook 9 Always (NT900X3N)
· Slim & Ultra-light metal(13.9mm, 799g)
· Green packaging material
(Full Pulp mold package)
· 'KOREA STAR AWARDS 2018' Won government innovation awards for future packaging
· Korean Environmental Product Declaration
∙ Refrigeration of Fixed temperature - Triple metal Cooling
∙ Food Showcase door
∙ Flex temperature alternation function
(Refrigeration ↔ Freeze)
∙ Energy rating of 1st
Washing machine (Quick Drive Combo)
∙ European Highest Energy-efficiency A+++
∙ Combine troll plate of automatic washing machine to drum type; Wash cycle 50% decrease
(131min → 65min)
∙ Washing~Drying within 3 hours
∙ High-efficient inverter heat pump dryer
∙ Maximum capacity of 16kg
∙ Warm up the large dryer utilizing early heater
∙ 99.99% air sterilization of dry laundry/wet laundry
Supercomputer SSD (3.84TB NVMe Z-SSD,SZ1733)
∙ World's first lastest response speed SSD for super computer's extremely high reliability and ultra-low latency-Serving read operation in 20us, 5 times increase of system response speed for AI, big data applications
∙ Read and write speeds of up to 3,200MB/s, random read IOPS up to 800K (more than 6,600 times faster than an HDD)
∙ Dual-port 3.84TB NVMe Z-SSD offers a more practical and cost-efficient way to build high capacity storage than using single-port 800GB Z-SSD
∙ 3.84TB NVMe Z-SSD combines 500 of the industry's fastest 48-layer 64Gb SLC Z-NAND
Air Dressser (DF60N8700MG)
∙ Multi care of lining and upper with jet air
∙ Remove dust with fine dust filter
∙ Sterilize virus and toxic bacteria with jet stream
Samsung Electronics’ environmentally 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.