Samsung Electronics Announces New Environmental Strategy – Samsung Global Newsroom

Achieve net zero emissions by 2050; Joins RE100 . initiative
Energy and resource-efficient products to enable consumers to live sustainably
– Investing in and developing innovative technologies for a better planet; Application of carbon capture technology and clean air

Samsung Electronics today announced its new environmental strategy, a comprehensive effort to join global efforts to tackle climate change. It includes commitments to achieve net net carbon emissions at the enterprise level and plans to use more renewable energy, as well as investing in and researching new technologies to develop energy-efficient products, increasing water reuse and developing carbon capture technology.

The core of the new commitment is to achieve net zero emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) for all operations in the eXperience (DX) division by 2030, and across all global operations, including the Device Solutions (DS) division, through 2050. The DX division includes The company’s business is in consumer electronics, including Mobile eXperience, visual display, digital devices, networking, and health and medical equipment, while the DS division includes memory, LSI and plumbing business.

Samsung Electronics has also joined forces with RE100, a global initiative dedicated to the pursuit of 100 percent renewable energy. As part of this commitment, the company plans to match the electric power needs of all the international markets in which it operates, outside of Korea, with renewable energy within five years.

The new plan builds on Samsung Electronics’ current climate efforts, significantly expanding its programs and investments. Samsung will develop new technologies and implement more sustainable practices to enable a brighter future for all.

“The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Jong-Hee Han, Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, said the consequences of inaction are unimaginable and require the contribution of all of us, including businesses and governments.” Samsung responds to the threats of climate change with a comprehensive plan that includes emissions reductions, new sustainability practices, and the development of innovative technologies and products that are better for our planet.”

Samsung Electronics’ environmental commitment also includes an enterprise-wide effort to enhance the diffusion of resources throughout the entire product life cycle, from raw material sourcing to recycling and disposal. The plan also details investments in new technologies to reduce emissions from process gases as well as to reduce energy consumption in consumer products. The company also plans to explore technologies to capture and use carbon and treat harmful airborne particles.

Recognizing the need for innovative approaches to environmental sustainability, Samsung Electronics will invest more than KRW 7 trillion in its environmental initiatives by 2030, including reducing process gases, conserving water, expanding e-waste collection and reducing pollutants. The investment figure does not include costs related to the expansion of renewable energy.

Net zero direct and indirect carbon emissions by 2050

Samsung Electronics plans to achieve net direct and indirect carbon emissions to zero by 2050, with the DX division achieving its target by 2030. By reaching net direct and indirect carbon emissions to zero, Samsung Electronics expects to reduce the equivalent of approximately 17 million tons of CO2 Carbon dioxide – equivalent emissions (CO2e) based on 2021 figures.

To advance these efforts, Samsung Electronics will invest heavily in innovative technologies for processing facilities that reduce carbon emissions. The company plans to develop new technologies to significantly reduce process gases A by-product of semiconductor manufacturing – and installation of processing facilities on semiconductor manufacturing lines by 2030. Samsung Electronics will continue to expand waste heat utilization facilities and consider introducing electric heat sources to reduce the use of LNG boilers.

Samsung Electronics has joined forces with RE100, in a collaborative effort to reduce indirect carbon emissions from energy consumption, and aims to match electric power needs with renewable energy by 2050 for all operations globally. As part of this initiative, Samsung Electronics plans to run all operations outside Korea as well as its DX division on renewable energy within five years. The company’s renewables methods will include, but are not limited to, signing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), purchasing renewable energy certificates and participating in green pricing programs.

The goal of matching electricity use with renewable energy is 2022 for Southwest Asia and Vietnam; 2025 for Central and Latin America; and 2027 for Southeast Asia, CIS and Africa. In the United States, China and Europe, which have already matched electric power use with renewable energy, Samsung Electronics plans to move toward expanding renewable power purchase agreements (PPA).

RE100 cites Korea, where many of Samsung Electronics’ production facilities are located, as one of the most challenging countries for a renewable energy source. This is partly due to the country’s renewable energy market, where purchasing options for companies are beginning to expand but are still limited. In addition, the electrical power needs of semiconductor manufacturing facilities continued to increase with the expansion of Samsung Electronics’ production capacity to meet global demand. However, the company will aim to achieve a more proactive use of renewable energy, recognizing the urgency of current climate challenges. The company will also enhance collaboration with various stakeholders, including counterparts in the technology industry, international organizations and NGOs.

Ultra-low energy and resource cycle products

Part of Samsung Electronics’ pledge to a healthier planet includes ensuring that its products are energy efficient and use less electricity, while ensuring that the entire product life cycle is more sustainable, from raw material sourcing to disposal and recycling.

Ultra-low-power semiconductors and energy-saving electronic products

Samsung Electronics plans to take advantage of new low-power technologies to reduce power consumption in everyday consumer electronics. This includes the development of new ultra-low power memory chips that aim to reduce the annual power consumption of memory products used in data centers and mobile devices by 2025 compared to current products.

The company will also implement low-energy technologies in the flagship models of seven consumer electronics products — smartphones, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, televisions, monitors and computers — with the goal of reducing energy consumption levels by 30 percent in 2030 compared to products with similar specifications in 2019.

Going forward, Samsung Electronics will set medium to long-term targets for value chain emissions (Scope 3). Samsung Electronics will also focus on new approaches to reducing emissions in areas such as supply chain, logistics and resource popularization, as well as supporting suppliers in setting emissions targets and efforts to reduce emissions.

Maximizing resource circulation across the entire product lifecycle

Samsung Electronics will redouble efforts to improve resource mobilization for electronics throughout the entire product life cycle, from raw material sourcing to disposal and recycling, ensuring each resource is used with the least possible environmental impact.

It all starts with a reassessment of the use of natural resources in product development. Samsung Electronics has established the New Circular Economy Laboratory to conduct comprehensive research on materials recycling technologies and waste resource extraction processes with the aim of applying these technologies to maximize resource circulation. In addition, Samsung Electronics plans to create a system by 2030 in which metals extracted from all collected waste batteries can be reused.

Also by 2030, the company aims to have 50 percent of the plastic used in its products include recycled resin. The year 2050 will see this number increase to 100 percent. The Galaxy Z Fold4 has already been designed to incorporate plastics recycled from discarded fishing nets, and the success we saw here will expand to additional products.

To address sustainability after using the product, Samsung Electronics plans to expand its e-waste collection system from about 50 countries to about 180 countries by 2030. Through this, the company plans to collect 10 million tons of cumulative e-waste between 2009 and 2030, the highest target in the industry and a cumulative 25 million tons by 2050. Samsung Electronics will also actively promote a recycling program that collects and reuses used smartphones for other purposes such as IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

Water conservation measures and pollutant treatment

Samsung Electronics also plans to increase the efficiency of water resources. With the expansion of domestic semiconductor manufacturing capacity, the daily water withdrawal needs of Samsung Electronics’ semiconductor operations in Korea are expected to double from current levels by 2030. However, the company is committed to maximizing water reuse, thus maintaining actual water withdrawals to 2021 levels.

For the DX division, the company plans to boost water reuse by improving water treatment facilities and recovering the same amount of water it consumes by 2030 through water recovery projects such as water quality improvement and stream restoration.

At the same time, the DS department aims to implement new technologies that remove air and water pollutants emitted during the manufacturing process of semiconductors and treat them before they are discharged to ensure that they have virtually no further impact on the environment from 2040.

At the company level, Samsung Electronics plans to achieve the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Platinum-level Zero Waste to Landfill certification for all global operations by 2025.

Investing in and developing innovative technologies for a sustainable future

Samsung Electronics intends to apply the company’s leading technology to global climate challenges. In particular, the company will focus on developing carbon capture and use technologies to reduce carbon emissions and clean air technologies to reduce particulates, which have become an urgent global environmental challenge.

The Carbon Capture Research Institute within the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) was established in September 2021, and is the first of its kind in the semiconductor industry. The institute’s main mission is to develop and commercialize carbon capture and utilization technologies that make it possible to store carbon leaked from industrial semiconductor sites and turn it into a usable resource. The technologies developed by the institute will be applied first to semiconductor production lines after 2030 and then to other parts of the company in addition to its suppliers.

The company will also develop clean air technologies, including new filtration systems, to reduce particulate matter and plans to expand use to local communities from 2030.

In addition, Samsung Electronics plans to identify and invest in startups that support innovative green technologies. The company is also committed to promoting ideas and supporting projects addressing climate change through C-Lab, an in-house project incubation and an offshore startup acceleration program.

Accountability and Progress Tracking

To ensure accountability, Samsung Electronics’ efforts will be objectively verified by designated organizations. Its performance will be evaluated by participating in the Samsung Institute of EHS accreditation system, and verified by a Carbon Reduction Verification Committee that includes third-party experts.

The company has developed operational roadmaps for each environmental goal, including net-zero and circular economy goals, and will track progress and ensure robust implementation through the Sustainability Board, chaired by the CEO, and the Sustainability Committee, which is made up of external directors.

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