Samsung Continues Raising the Bar on Environmental Stewardship

By August 13, 2018General, Sustainability

As a world leader in sustainability, Samsung takes pride in the fact that our manufacturing practices are rooted in corporate social responsibility. At Samsung, we know that consumers expect companies to consider—and make decisions based on—the impact they have on the world.

Philanthropic contributions to communities and organizations can have a truly meaningful impact—at Samsung, we recognize that as much as anyone. However, over the past several years, we’ve also broadened our approach to expand operational investments that will bring lasting change to the world around us.

By incorporating sustainability into our day-to-day business, we can radically alter not only Samsung’s impact, but enable our consumers to reducing their impact as well. Here is a look at just a few of our most recent changes:

100 Percent Renewable by 2020: This month, we announced plans to source renewable energy for 100 percent of the energy used for all Samsung factories, office buildings and operational facilities in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. We joined the World Wildlife Fund’s Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center to protect the planet and serve as a global environmental steward.

We will join the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) supply chain program next year, and we will be encouraging our partners across the supply chain to set their own renewable energy targets. Notably, we were ranked in the 2017 CDP “A List” in both climate change and water security, placing us in the CDP ranking for eight consecutive years.

ENERGY STAR Certified Products: Last year, more than 800 Samsung products available in North America were certified by ENERGY STAR®, a U.S. EPA-backed program of energy efficiency and a trusted symbol for energy-efficient products. Thirty-eight products were further certified as “Most Efficient,” a top distinction that recognized products that deliver cutting-edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation. Moreover, our commitment to ENERGY STAR spans to our buildings as demonstrated by the fact that Samsung’s Brand Experience store is  ENERGY STAR®-certified and was the only office building in New York with a perfect score in 2017.

We received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This is the seventh Partner of the Year award presented to Samsung and the fifth time within Sustained Excellence. This builds on Samsung’s leadership in innovation as demonstrated by the 2016 EPA ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award of 2016. The Emerging Technology Award recognizes products that are at the forefront of energy conservation and climate protection, and we were recognized for the innovative R-600a refrigerant system, which met the EPA’s demanding performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

“Samsung has been a strong ally to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in supporting energy-efficiency programs. We appreciate Samsung’s leadership in supporting ENERGY STAR®—an EPA program that benefits the environment by strengthening energy security and reducing stress on the grid. ENERGY STAR® is the trusted source for recognizing energy-efficient products and engaging in consumer education, helping consumers save money.”

– Steve Nadel, Executive Director of The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

“We want to create a world that uses energy more productively to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability. We won’t be able to reach our goals without the leadership of companies like Samsung, and we are thrilled to work alongside them to build a more energy-productive future.”

– Jason Hartke, President of the Alliance to Save Energy

Galaxy Upcycling: In May, Samsung Electronics America was named an Environmental Leader 2018 Project of the Year Award winner for its Galaxy Upcycling program, which will allow Galaxy phone owners to retrofit the hardware and software of antiquated, used Galaxy phones into new technology products, such as closed-circuit TVs, gaming consoles and Internet of Things devices. It has also received the EPA’s Cutting Edge Champion Award.

Environmental Leadership: Our company leadership is being recognized for their contributions in driving toward a more sustainable world. Dr. Dochul Choi, senior vice president of R&D at Samsung Electronics America, was honored as a Top 75 2018 Environmental Leader for his efforts in driving sustainability management.

Through the innovative development of today’s most sustainable mobile devices and home appliances, coupled with our commitment to renewable energy—more of which can be found in our recently issued 2018 Sustainability Report—Samsung has broken out of the box-checking mentality and into the sustainable future that our consumers expect.

John Godfrey is the senior vice president of public policy at Samsung.

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