Eco-Management

Our plan for ; Providing Responsible Solutions, Creating a Sustainable Future

Samsung Electronics established its mid-term roadmap of Eco-Management 2020 (EM2020) in 2014. The company now manages GHG reduction at the product use stage and during the manufacturing process as key performance indicators (KPIs). As it goes forward, we will continue to work hard to provide new value for customers, the environment, and society through eco-friendly innovation activities with all stakeholders.

 
 
  • Basic Philosophy

    Contribute to the prosperity of human life and the conservation of the environment by doing business activities that respect humanity and nature, based on a reverence for life.

  • Vision

    Provide customers with a new green experience and lead a sustainable future in the global society through innovative.

  • Slogan

    Fulfill corporate social responsibility and promote sustainable management through business activities that prioritize the planet.

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    <h3>Cumulative GHG reduction amount and GHG reduction plan</h3> <p>This info-graphic describe in order to reduce GHG emissions at the product use stage, we continuously improve the energy efficiency of products, with the aim of achieving a cumulative reduction of 250 million tons of GHG emissions from 2009 to 2020.</p>
    GHG Reductions at the Phase of Product Use
    In order to reduce GHG emissions at the product use stage, we continuously improve the energy efficiency of products, with the aim of achieving a cumulative reduction of 250 million tons of GHG emissions from 2009 to 2020.
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    <h3>GHG reduction plan Co2/KRW 100million</h3> <p>This image describe in order to reduce GHG emissions at the product use stage, we continuously improve the energy efficiency of products, with the aim of achieving a cumulative reduction of 250 million tons of GHG emissions from 2009 to 2020.</p>
    Reduction of GHG Emission Intensity at Worksites
    To reduce GHG emissions at manufacturing sites, Samsung operates facilities with high energy efficiency and treats gases, such as F-gas, generated during the production process. By doing this, we aim to reduce 70 percent of 2008 GHG emission intensity levels by 2020.
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    <h3>Eco-product ratio plan</h3> <p>This image describe Samsung Electronics manages eco-product development ratio as our performance indicator. It evaluates the environment aspects of a product is evaluated by product developers according to eco-design process. The result is classified into three levels: Premium Eco, Good Eco, and Eco. We are striving to have 90 percent of new development projects receive the Good Eco-Product stamp of approval or higher by 2020.</p>
    Eco-Product Ratio
    Samsung Electronics manages eco-product development ratio as our performance indicator. It evaluates the environment aspects of a product is evaluated by product developers according to eco-design process. The result is classified into three levels: Premium Eco, Good Eco, and Eco. We are striving to have 90 percent of new development projects receive the Good Eco-Product stamp of approval or higher by 2020.
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    <h3>EHS Management Certification Ratio</h3> <p>This image describe the EHS management system certification indicates a comprehensive environmental management system that clearly defines and tracks goals, activities and review processes so that our manufacturing sites operate to the same high global standards.</p>
    EHS Management System Certification
    The EHS management system certification indicates a comprehensive environmental management system that clearly defines and tracks goals, activities and review processes so that our manufacturing sites operate to the same high global standards.

Eco-Design

Considering environmental impacts at each stage of the product life cycle.

Product life cycle; from design and manufacturing; to purchase and usage; to end-of-life processing and disposal. Samsung is committed to constantly improving energy efficiency and recyclability, and reducing hazardous substances in products through an Eco-design Process and Eco-rating System which evaluates the sustainability performance of all products throughout their life cycle.
We fulfill all related global environmental regulations for products and strive towards higher standards through voluntary agreements and certifications; to provide our customers with an increasing number and quality of responsibly designed products.

 
 
<h3>This info-graphic explain eco-design process and eco-rating system.</h3> <ul> <li>Now, Start eco-design process and eco-rating system info-graphic item.</li> <li>Left area explain eco-design process.</li> <li>Left top area is 3 icon and icon title. First resource efficiency.</li> <li>Second Environmental hazard. The last third energy efficiency.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Left bottom area is two table.</li> <li>First table is development process.</li> <li>And development process 4 item. (concept, plan, execution, production).</li> <li>Second table is eco-design activity. <li>And eco-design activity 3 item. (targets, evolution & improvements, final verification)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Right area explain eco-rating system.</li> <li>1. premium eco-product. meeting or exceeding the highest environmental standards” + innovative eco-friendly features.</li> <li>List 1) compliance with EPEAT gold and UL platinum standards.</li> <li>List 2) Most energy efficient grande in each country.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>2. Good eco-product meeting 2nd grade standards.</li> <li>List 1) Compliance with EPEAT sliver and 85~90% of UL platinum standards. </ul> <ul> <li>3. Eco-Product Meeting environmental regulation standards.</li> <li>List 1) Compliance with EU RoHs, pachaging, and WEEE regulations.</li> </ul>
We perform Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) to identify the potential environmental impact of our products throughout their entire life cycle. In 2016, we analyzed our mobile phones and tablets on 12 environmental impact factors in each phase of the product life cycle, and have been using the outcomes in developing technology to minimize their GHG emissions in the manufacturing phase. The following are the LCA results of the Tab S2 in the materials production, product assembly, distribution, use and disposal phases, and we are determined to use these data to consistently reduce the environmental footprint of our products.
* 12 environmental impacts - Global warming, Acidification, Eutrophication, Ozone layer depletion, Formation of photochemical oxidants, Human toxicity, Freshwater toxicity, Seawater toxicity, Soil toxicity, Primary energy consumption, Water use, and Waste generation.
 
<h3> Global Warning Impact Assessment Outcomes for the Tab S2</h3> <p>This info-graphic describe</p> <ul> <li>pre-manufacturing(61.7%)</li> <li>manufacturing(3.2%)</li> <li>distribution(22.7)</li> <li>usage(11.2%)</li> <li>disposal(1.2%) in global warning impact assessment outcomes for the Tab S2</li> </ul>

Energy Efficient Products

Developing the most energy efficient products and solutions.

Samsung continuously develops highly energy efficient products and strives to meet or exceed higher standards than global energy regulations. We systematically and comprehensively evaluate the sustainability performance of our products through our eco-rating system. In doing so, we work hard to reduce power consumption and GHG impacts generated during the product use stage.

 
Samsung shares information on environmental requirements and technology trends through its company-wide Eco Council. As a result, annual average power consumption improved by 49 percent compared to 2008 levels in 8 major products.
 
<h3> Power consumption Improvement rate of products</h3> <p>This power consumption Improvement rate of products graph describe</p> <ul> <li>2014(42%)</li> <li>2015(47%)</li> <li>2016(49%) in improvement of product energy consumption</li> </ul>
* Based on 2008, improvement of annual average energy consumption of 8 major products
(8 Major products:Phones, Note PC, TVs, Monitors, Refrigerators, Washing machines, Air conditioners, and Printer)
Samsung electronics is contributing to developing energy efficient technologies such as energy efficient LEDs for UHD TVs, low loading mode for Monitors,
refrigerant-distribution efficient cycle for REFs with R600a and Ultra power saving inverter for breeze-free air conditioners. Furthermore, the technology for
Monitor are certified as green technology in Korean Green Certification programmed.
This product image is UHD TV 6 series, Forward product view. Add explanation is energy efficiency LEDs for UHD TV

High efficiency LED

This product image is black caviar front view. Add explanation is refrigerant-distribution efficient cycle for REFs

Technology to distribute refrigerant(R600a) with high efficiency

This product image is business monitor with high productivity(S22E200B). Add explanation is Low-loading mode for monitors

Low-loading mode technology

This product image is white air conditioners front view. Add explanation is ultra power saving inverter for breeze-free air conditioner

Inverter technology with low power consumption

Chemical Management

Ensuring that raw materials used in Samsung products are safe for consumers.

With the expansion of worldwide RoHS and REACH-like regulations, Samsung increasingly conducts rigorous inspections and management procedures for raw materials and parts it uses to ensure it provides safe, responsible products for customers. Through such efforts, we control the supply management process so that restricted substances are not intentionally present in our products.

 
Samsung has established a hazardous substance management system regarding raw materials and parts for the company’s products. We also operate an Eco-Partner certification system to assess the environmental impact of product components, raw materials, and production processes of our suppliers. We trade only with suppliers that have acquired all necessary eco-related certifications. In addition, for the efficient management of our Eco-Partner certification system, we have developed e-CIMS (Environmental-Chemicals Integrated Management System) to monitor substances of concern used by our suppliers. These all work together to ensure we reduce the environmental impacts of our supply chain.
 
<h3>Eco-Partner Certification Process info-graphic</h3> <p>This info-graphic is eco-partner Certification Process in sustainability environment</p> <ul> <li>First step is Raw material providers.</li> <li>Second step is component suppliers.</li> <li>Third step Samsung Electronics.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Each step has an organic relationship.</li> <li>List 1) 1~2step : data on contents and chemicals</li> <li>List 2) Product environmental report : data on contents and chemicals : eco-partner certification</li> </ul>

[Eco-partner Certification Process]

Samsung has had its own standard (Regulations on Managing Controlled Substances in Product Environment) which manages the use of chemical substances in our products since 2005. We review and enforce its provisions on a regular basis across the company in order to ensure the highest level of compliance is being adhered to.
Classification Class
Class I (prohibited substances)
Class II (prohibited substances)
Class III (substances with a reduction plan)
Others (observed substances)
Description
Substances regulated by EU RoHS
Substances managed by all other national laws or international agreements.
Nonregulated substances targeted for reduction after considering their impact on the environment and on humans. (e.g. BFRs, phthalates)
Expected to be regulated in the future (e.g. candidate substances for EU REACH’s SVHC*)
* Substance of Very High Concern
This image explain management of hazardous substances in products. Click to download PDF document file

Sustainable Materials

Implementing materials and product designs to facilitate a circular economy

Samsung have developed and applied eco-materials based on collaboration with various teams including R&D, Quality. Recently, researches on recycled plastic are expanded and it is applied to not only product, but also accessories and packaging.

 
Samsung Electronics has collaborated with material supplier companies and made endeavor to reduce environmental impact from production of plastic which is made of crude oil. Samsung have used recycled plastic which is recovered through dismantling and recycling process of discarded product. For Galaxy S7 and S8, recycled plastic used in travel adaptor, packaging tray, ear phone case by 20%, 30%, 60% in order.
 
Samsung Electronics has made endeavor for development and application of eco-material. In 2016, beyond of research on eco-material itself, Samsung carried out a research on measuring potential environmental benefit from use of eco-material. LCA(Life cycle assessment) methodology was used to quantifying environment impact of travel adaptor during its whole life cycle including raw material acquisition, manufacturing, use and end of life. The study shows that use of recycled poly carbonate contribute to reduce green house gas by 97% compared to vergin poly carbonate. It is estimated Galaxy S8 travel adaptor which is made of 20% recycled PC reduce 500 tons of green house gas and is expected to be same effect as planting 13,000 pine trees. Samsung Electronics have a plan to expand this study to bio based plastic and natural mineral based eco-materials.
  • This graph describe Virgin PC(100%), 97% reduction at recycled PC.

    [Global Warming Potential(GWP)]

  • This graph describe Virgin PC(100%), 95% reduction at recycled PC.

    [Abiotic Resource Depletion(ARD)]

Responsible Recycling

Operating global take-back and recycling programs in 60 countries

Based on the principles of Individual Producer Responsibility, Samsung has established take-back and recycling systems, Re+(Replus) in each region for end-of-life products.

Representative image of responsible recycling in sustainability environment
Samsung's sustainable promise to support the circular economy. Samsung's sustainable promise to support the circular economy.

  • Europe

    Samsung Electronics responsibly takes actions in recycling its products by participating in recycling schemes in Europe.

    Please click the map for the information of recycling schemes in Europe.

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  • Canada

    Samsung Electronics participates in state steward recycling programs and fully complies with state regulations in Canada. The company

    has voluntarily set and operated e-waste collection locations.

  • U.S.A

    In October 2008, Samsung Recycling Direct (SRD) was introduced as a voluntary recycling program. Since then, Samsung Electronics collects and

    recycles electronics waste through collection points in the 50 states.

    Please visit 'Samsung Recycling Direct' for more information.

  • Colombia

    Service center operate voluntary collection box

  • Brazil

    Service center operate voluntary collection box

  • Republic of South Africa

    Operate take back / recycling program starting in Dec. 2009

  • India

    Samsung Electronics is operating a voluntary recycling program in India with 235 fixed drop-off locations for small mobile devices and 291 locations for

    consumer electronic products as well as a website offering recycling information to consumers.

  • China

    Samsung Electronics plans to develop and operate voluntary recycling program in 2012.

  • Taiwan

    Samsung Electronics joined the TEPA (Taiwan Environment Protection Agency) recycling program for collection and recycling of used electronics products.

  • Korea

    Samsung Electronics established A-san Recycling Center in 1996 and has operated a green logistics network. The network provides safe e-waste

    collection, and A-san Recycling Center provides environment friendly recycling activities which minimizes environmental impacts from end-of-life

    electronic products.

  • Japan

    Samsun Electronics actively involves in recycling of consumer electronics by joining a home appliance recycling ticket center (RKC) and A Group, a

    recycling alliance with GE, Toshiba and Other electronics companies. The company also Launched a joint PCs recycling program with Mitsubishi

    Electronics and others in October 2003.

  • Australia

    Operate, take back, and recycling for TVs, PCs, printers Participate in a voluntary mobile phone take back program

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  • Europe

    Samsung Electronics responsibly takes actions in recycling its products by participating in recycling schemes in Europe. Please click the map for the information of recycling schemes in Europe.

    Europe countries >
  • Canada

    Samsung Electronics participates in state steward recycling programs and fully complies with state regulations in Canada. The company has voluntarily set and operated e-waste collection locations.

  • U.S.A

    In October 2008, Samsung Recycling Direct (SRD) was introduced as a voluntary recycling program. Since then, Samsung Electronics collects and recycles electronics waste through collection points in the 50 states.

    Please visit 'Samsung Recycling Direct' for more information.

  • Colombia

    Service center operate voluntary collection box

  • Brazil

    Service center operate voluntary collection box

  • Republic of South Africa

    Operate take back / recycling program starting in Dec. 2009

  • India

    Samsung Electronics is operating a voluntary recycling program in India with 235 fixed drop-off locations for small mobile devices and 291 locations for consumer electronic products as well as a website offering recycling information to consumers.

  • China

    Samsung Electronics plans to develop and operate voluntary recycling program in 2012.

  • Taiwan

    Samsung Electronics joined the TEPA (Taiwan Environment Protection Agency) recycling program for collection and recycling of used electronics products.

  • Korea

    Samsung Electronics established A-san Recycling Center in 1996 and has operated a green logistics network. The network provides safe e-waste collection, and A-san Recycling Center provides environment friendly recycling activities which minimizes environmental impacts from end-of-life electronic products.

  • Japan

    Samsun Electronics actively involves in recycling of consumer electronics by joining a home appliance recycling ticket center (RKC) and A Group, a recycling alliance with GE, Toshiba and Other electronics companies. The company also Launched a joint PCs recycling program with Mitsubishi Electronics and others in October 2003.

  • Australia

    Operate, take back, and recycling for TVs, PCs, printers Participate in a voluntary mobile phone take back program

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This is image of the global take back quantity at 2016
Global take-back quantity (2016)
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    <h3>cumulative take back quantity between 2014 to 2016</h3> <p>This image describe cumulative take back quantity between 2014 to 2016. List 1) 191 of the 2014. List 2) 226 of the 2015. List 3) 264 of the 2016.</p>

    [ Cumulative take-back quantity(million tons) ]

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    <h3> 2016 regional take-back quantity</h3> <p>This image describe 2016 regional take-back quantity. List 1) 53,618 in America. List 2) 222,620 in Europe. List 3) 105.426 in Asia. List 1)+List 2)+List 3) amount 381.667.</p>

    [ 2016 Regional take-back quantity(tons) ]

PlanetFirst Campaign

 

Samsung Electronics operates a variety of eco-friendly activities about climate change, resource depletion and the preservation of the environment.

 

Data Corner

Providing our customers with environment policies and data
  • Chemical Management

    Management of Target Substances

    Samsung Electronics must guarantee and verify environmental compliance for all parts and components

  • Chemical Management

    REACH SVHC Declaration

    Samsung Electronics provides information for Article 33 of REACH as follows

  • Take back & Recycling

    Correct Disposal of Electrical Electronic Equipment & Batteries

    Household users should contact either the retailer where they purchased this product

  • Take back & Recycling

    Regional WEEE Take back Scheme

    Samsung Electronics has established take back systems to comply with the requirements of recycling laws

  • Take back & Recycling

    EU Packaging & Battery Recycling

    Samsung Electronics has joined a packaging & battery compliance scheme in each country

  • LCA

    Life-cycle Assessment for Mobile Phone

    Samsung conducted a life cycle assessment for smartphones based on 12 environmental impact categories.