Environmental Conservation

The Device Solutions Business of Samsung Electronics has introduced pollution prevention facilities optimized to the properties of different pollutants, and uses these facilities to minimize the adverse environmental impact of air and water pollutants as well as reduce the overall quantity of waste materials generated during the manufacturing process. In addition to complying with applicable laws and regulations, the Device Solutions Business has also established and has been operating treatment facilities at multiple stages of the manufacturing process in order to minimize emissions of pollutants. Furthermore, the company applies the pollutant limits more strictly than the limits required by laws and regulations which is 30% under Air Environmental Conservation Act, and operates a Tele Monitoring System (TMS), a pollutant concentration surveillance system, 24 hours a day.


The semiconductor industry consumes a great deal of electricity by operating facilities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and inevitably produces greenhouse gases while manufacturing products. In acknowledging that reducing greenhouse gases is absolutely vital for the company, the Device Solutions Business of Samsung Electronics is making every effort to prevent the increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the continuous growth of the semiconductor industry (e.g., from the increase in production due to increased demand), and plans to apply Best Available Technology (BAT) to new production lines and reduce greenhouse gases by 37% of the estimated total (i.e., Business as Usual (BAU) scenario) by 2030.

To achieve these goals, the Device Solutions Business uses high-efficiency energy facilities and technologies during the purchase and design phases, and constantly strives to expand the use of a high-capacity Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC) treatment facility that Samsung Electronics has developed—the first of its kind in the industry.

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The temperature of discharged water is strictly managed in order to meet legal requirements. In addition, a water cooling facility was constructed to minimize the possible adverse impact on the ecosystem by reducing a steady influx of discharged waste water at a constant temperature. The water cooling facility lowers water temperature through heat exchange with cold water.

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Thanks to continuous efforts to recycle waste generated from the manufacturing process, Samsung currently recycles 97% of all generated waste, including recovered energy. We recycle waste synthetic resins as a source of plastic, and sludge as a source of cement and fill materials. We also refine or reuse waste chemicals internally. The company will continue to recycle more items to abide by the corporate principle of 'Waste is a potential resource.'


- 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), Eco-friendly Waste Management Strategies 

- 4Rs (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Refrain)

Samsung Semiconductor Environmental Conservation, Water Recycling Rate Graph
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The Device Solutions Business of Samsung Electronics received a Carbon Emissions Certification for its AP (20nm Exynos 5410) product, the first awarded in the industry, in 2013; and received Low-Carbon Product Certification for the 30 nano 4Gb LPDDR3, GDDR5, and CIS 13 million-pixel products. In addition, in 2015 the Device Solutions Business obtained a Carbon Emissions Certification for the 20 nano DDR4 product used as the main memory solution for PCs and server systems, and again for the 20 nano 4G LPDDR4 in 2016. The Device Solutions Business also obtained an Environmental Product Declaration (including Carbon Footprint) for the 850 EVO 250G in the SSD product line, as well as for the 10 nano 64G Nand flash products —the first in Korea—in 2017.