Environmentally Conscious Products

Environmentally Conscious Products

Our environmentally
conscious products make
for a healthy planet

Our environmentally conscious products make for a healthy planet

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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 recognized around the world as environmentally conscious.

We strive to exceed our environmental KPIs with eco-conscious product design

  • 98%

    * Based on 2020

    Environmentally conscious product
    development rate

  • 800+

    * Based on 2020

    A number of global environment-label
    certification model

Environmental assessments on major products

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.

Environmental Impact of Products – Life Cycle Assessment

We perform a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to analyse the environmental impacts of the entire life cycle of our products across product manufacture, use, and disposal stages and reflect the results in our product development. In 2019, for example, we performed an LCA on a 24-inch monitor (model: S24E650PL) during which we attained an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) from Underwriters Laboratories (UL). We analysed the impact of monitor products on global warming by evaluating them through 12 environmental impact categories1) in the process of pre-manufacture, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal. As a result, we saw that the ‘use’ phase had the largest impact at 76% out of all stages. This is because a large amount of greenhouse gas is emitted in the process of producing the electricity consumed during the ‘use’ phase. Based on these results, we will try to minimize the power consumption and standby power of monitors by reflecting these results from the development stage.

1) 12 major environmental impact categories: Global warming, acidification, eutrophication, ozone depletion, formation of photochemical oxidants, human toxicity, freshwater ecotoxicity, seawater ecotoxicity, soil ecotoxicity, primary energy consumption, water consumption, and waste generation

Results of global warming impact
assessment of a 24-inch monitor
(S24E650PL)

  • 21.7%

    pre-manufacture

  • 0.3%

    Manufacture

  • 0.7%

    Distribution

  • 75.6%

    Use

  • 1.7%

    Disposal

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.

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Classification of substances concerning product production

  • Restricted substances

    Substances are managed by regulation or
    convention
    And voluntary phase-out due to the
    potentially negative effects
    to the
    environmoent or the health

  • Potentially risk
    substances

    Substances that require continuous
    observation of substances
    expected
    to be regulated in the future.

Samsung Electronics’ environmentally sensitive substance management history

  • 2019

    • Banned the use of an additional eight types of phthalates
      (DINP,DIDP,DNOP,DnHP,DMEP,DIPP,nPIPP,DnPP)
    • Banned the use of sterilizers/anti-corrosion agents for products with air conditioners and air purfiers filters (PHMG,PGH,PHMB,CMIT,MIT)
  • 2018

    • · Banned the use of four types of phthalates for all components (DEHP,BBP,DBP,DIBP)
  • 2016

    • Banned the use of four types of phthalates for new components (DEHP,BBP,DBP,DIBP)
  • 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
  • Standards for Control of Substances Used in Products
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  • REACH SVHC Declaration
    355 KB

We are implementing
the Eco-Partner certification
system to closely manage
the supply chain

Samsung Electronics performs Eco-Partner evaluation on all suppliers of products and parts to closely examine not just products but also parts. We grant certification by assessing their compliance with our Standards for Control of Substances Used in Products and the suppliers’ environmental quality management system. Suppliers submit a product environmental report containing proof of their hazardous substances information, along with data from the raw materials company. Samsung Electronics then makes a thorough assessment by visiting the suppliers’ manufacturing sites to verify the submitted documents. To maintain the Eco-Partner certification, suppliers must be audited every two years, and those that fail to pass the audit are excluded from the supply chain. In these ways, we are striving to incorporate our suppliers in our green management initiatives. Rather than a one-time assessment, we provide continuous management and evaluation to ensure sustainable supply chain management.

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Eco-partner certification process

  • 01

    Raw materials

    • 1. Detailed analysis data
    • 2. Raw material composition
  • 02

    Suppliers

    • 1. Warranty letter
    • 2. Precision Analysis report
          (ICP/GCMS Data)
    • 2. Precision Analysis report (ICP/
          GCMS Data)
    • 3. MSDS
    • 4. Sample parts for approval
  • 03

    Samsung
    Electronics

    • 1. Review submitted
          documents and samples
    • 1. Review submitted documents
          and samples
    • 2. Assess environmental
    • 2. Assess environmental quality
          system
  • 04

    Eco-patner
    certification

Samsung Electronics continues to research ways to save energy

Samsung Electronics ceaselessly endeavours 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 in 2020, we were able to lower the energy consumption of our products by 32% 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 ground-breaking technology that will reduce energy use even further.

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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 and environmentally sustainable.

Global ecolabels & environmental product declarations

Ecolabels

Environmental product declarations