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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.
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 order to assess the potential environmental impact of our products throughout their entire life cycle such as production, usage, and disposal, Samsung Electronics performs Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and reflects the results in product development. In 2019, LCA was conducted on 24-inch monitors, and the results gained credibility by obtaining UL Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification in the United States. Samsung Electronics analyzed the monitor’s impact on global warming during each stage of its life cycle such as pre-production, production, distribution, usage, and disposal in 12 environmental impact areas¹⁾.
The results showed that 76% of the impact was made during the “usage” stage. This is because generation of power consumed during “usage” of the monitor causes significant greenhouse gas. Going forward, we will reflect the result in the development stage to try to minimize power consumption and standby power.
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, our environmental analysis laboratory was credited with the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS) certification, adding reliability to our data analytics and experimental capability in 2019.
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.
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 in 2019, we were able to lower the energy consumption of our products by 42% 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.
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.