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Acting now for a sustainable,
Climate change, resulting at least in part from a surge in the use of fossil fuels and the global warming it has caused, is a serious problem that affects the entire world. Samsung Electronics has acknowledged the reality of the crisis and is therefore continuing efforts on multiple fronts. These include developing highly energy-efficient products, installing equipment with minimum greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and harnessing new and renewable energy.
We are expanding our emissions management at all levels
Problem solving requires accurate information. To precisely measure and manage our greenhouse gas emissions, we have categorised them into three scopes which are defined by the GHG Protocol based on their proximity to business and operation. Locating the exact point of emission at each level is the basis for managing greenhouse gases in the optimal way.Scope 1 refers to greenhouse gases emitted when products are manufactured at Samsung Electronics’ worksites, while Scope 2 indirect emissions are associated with worksites’ energy purchases to generate electricity and steam. Scope 3 covers non-worksite emissions, such as those from logistics activities, business trips, our supply chain, and the use of our products. We use this analysis to systematically manage all emissions, whether direct or indirect, from our worksites, use of products and our suppliers.
Scope 2(Indirect emissions from electricity)
· Monthly analysis of global worksite emissions based on GHG management system
· Installed F-Gas treatment equipment in semiconductor processing, with a decomposition rate of 90% and higher
· Installed high-efficiency equipment and converted indoor lighting to LED at global worksites
∙ Execute greenhouse gas reduction projects to improve energy efficiency in logistics.
∙ Discover greenhouse gas reduction projects through on-site support for major vendors.
∙ Increase the use of video conferencing and reduce the number of international business trips.
We use advanced technology to improve energy efficiency
With its advanced product technologies, Samsung Electronics is evolving as we seek to enable a more environmentally responsible and convenient way of life. To achieve this goal, Samsung operates companywide eco- consulting group meetings twice a year. Through these meetings, Samsung shares information about environmental requirements and the development of innovative technologies among environmental experts of business divisions, and researches energy-saving technologies to develop products with high energy efficiency. In 2019, we reduced annual energy consumption by 42% compared to 2008 by adopting highly-efficient compressors for refrigerators and highly-efficient heat exchangers for air conditioners.
Samsung Electronics pursues energy efficiency not only through our products but also through our facilities used at all worksites. We introduced monitoring system and active control environment based on IoT in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems of Yeongdeok Training Center in Korea and the worksite in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. By utilizing the IoT technology, we also developed energy-saving algorithm that factors in outdoor climate conditions, HVAC load, and device capacity, enabling optimum operational control of the infrastructure equipment. As a result, Samsung Electronics in Ho Chi Minh City was able to reduce energy consumption by 12.4%. The technology is scheduled to be applied at our worksites in Korea, the United States, and Southeast Asia.
At Samsung Electronics, we are constantly expanding the use of renewable energy.
In 2018, Samsung Electronics declared to transition to 100% renewable energy in all our worksites in the United States, Europe, and China by 2020. In addition, to expand the use of renewable energy in Korea, we promised to install photovoltaic and geothermal power generation facilities in newly constructed worksites as well as parking lots and rooftops of existing worksites located in Suwon, Hwaseong, and Pyeongtaek. To this end, we set up and have been following execution plans tailored to each region: in India, we signed power supply contracts with wind and photovoltaic power plants; in Brazil, certain portion of the power supplied by the utility company is renewable energy; and the Mexican worksite purchased renewable energy certificates. As a result, as of 2019 92% of the power used in the United States, Europe, and China are renewable energy. Samsung Electronics will continue to expand the use of renewable energy in areas where renewable energy can be secured.