Climate change is the most pressing issue facing the Earth right now. To make sure our planet is still liveable for future generations, we need a drastic reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases. Samsung Electronics has long been working to do its part, producing a Sustainability Report every year and running lots of company-wide initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment.
And now, Samsung Electronics has announced its latest environmental strategy, a comprehensive effort to contribute to the fight against climate change. Let’s take a closer look at some of the star measures in this new plan.
At the heart of this new strategy is the commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all global operations by 2050. A key part of Samsung’s plan to achieve net zero is membership of RE100. RE100 is a global initiative that brings together hundreds of large companies that are committed to pursuing 100% renewable energy. Samsung itself plans to match all the electric power needs of all its international operations with renewable energy in five years.
As part of its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions,the company set up the Carbon Capture Research Institute in 2021. The aim of the Institute is to develop and commercialise carbon capture and utilisation technologies. These technologies will make it possible to store carbon released in manufacturing processes, which helps to keep it out of the atmosphere.
Another way that Samsung Electronics plans to reduce its environmental impact is by using low-power technologies that will reduce energy consumption in everyday consumer products. Along with ultra-low power memory chips, which will help reduce how much power mobile devices use, the company will implement low-power technology in a range of products. From fridges and washing machines, to air conditioning and TVs, these low-power technologies aim to reduce power consumption levels by an average of 30%.
One pressing need when it comes to the environment is to reduce the amount of electronic waste in the world. This is why Samsung plans to expand its e-waste collection system from 50 to around 180 countries by 2030, with the aim of collecting a cumulative 25 million tons of e-waste by 2050.
Reducing e-waste isn’t just about collecting old devices: it’s also about giving them a second life. This is where Samsung’s upcycling program comes in. The company is going to promote this upcycling initiative, which collects used smartphones to reuse them for other purposes, helping to keep them out of landfill sites.
Protecting the environment is one of the most important things that anyone can do right now and will only get more important as time goes on. This is why it’s so vital that companies like Samsung Electronics do their part to reduce their environmental impact.
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