Samsung continues its efforts toward creating more sustainable products in line with its ‘Going Green’ vision
The world’s leading TV manufacturer for 16 consecutive years, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced that its 2022 Neo QLEDs earned the ‘Reducing CO2’ certification from the Carbon Trust in recognition of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Carbon Trust is an international climate consultancy driven by the goal to accelerate the transition to a decarbonized world. A ‘Reducing CO₂’ certification indicates that a product’ s carbon footprint is reducing year by year. It measures the amount of GHG (Greenhouse Gases) generated during the entire product lifecycle by using internationally recognized standards.
This year, 11 models across Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup, including three Neo QLED 8K models, three Neo QLED 4K models, two QLED models, two Lifestyle TV models, and one Crystal UHD TV model, obtained the certification by reducing the weight of the product and the power consumption during the use phase.
Samsung has long been dedicated to both driving product innovation and implementing environmental sustainability technologies During Samsung’S keynote event at CES 2022, JH Han, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Head of Samsung Electronics Devices eXperience ( DX ) Division, unveiled the company’s vision of “Together for Tomorrow” highlighting Samsung’s commitment to create a sustainable future and drive collaboration as part of the world community to preserve our planet.”
As part of the new initiative, Samsung’s Visual Display Business plans to use 30 times more plastic from recycled sources than it did in 2021 to produce its displays. Samsung also announced plans to expand the use of recyclable materials in all of its mobile and home appliances by 2025.
In addition, Samsung has been adopting various sustainable practices to minimize the environmental impacts throughout its products’ lifecycles. The company’s ‘Eco-Packaging’ program – which allows consumers to upcycle the packaging for TV products into versatile pieces of furniture – has been upgraded this year with product packaging using 90% less ink while also removing the staples during production. Furthermore, all TV cardboard packaging contains a minimum of 50% recycled fiber content.
Building a Sustainable Future for the Planet
Samsung Electronics has adopted an innovative approach to developing and producing its products in order to create a better life for people around the world. This includes reducing the environmental impact of our operations through improved energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and recycling.
Samsung’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions throughout the production cycle have also earned recognition from the Carbon Trust, the world’s leading authority on carbon footprint. The Carbon Trust is an independent organization that uses science and technology to help businesses and governments achieve sustainable development goals. Last year, the company’s Carbon Trust-certified memory chips helped reduce carbon emissions by nearly 700,000 tons.
Samsung’s efforts in this area extend well beyond semiconductors and include expanding the use of recycled materials. To introduce everyday sustainability to more products, Samsung’s Visual Display Business plans to use 30 times more recycled plastics than it did in 2021. The company also revealed plans to expand its use of recycled materials to include all mobile products and home appliances over the next three years.
In 2021, all of Samsung’s TV boxes included recycled materials. For this year, the company revealed that it will be expanding the use of recycled materials to include the boxes’ interior packaging as well. Now, recycled materials will be incorporated into Styrofoam, box holders, and plastic bags. The company also announced the global expansion of its award-winning Eco-Packaging program. The expansion of the program, which transforms cardboard boxes into cat houses, side tables, and other useful furniture items, will include packaging for home appliances such as vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, air purifiers, and more.
Samsung is also building environmental sustainability into the way that customers experience its products and services. These experiences will be integral to helping people reduce their carbon footprints and make positive changes together. For example, the company has introduced notable enhancements to its SolarCell Remote, which enables charging during both day and night by using a built-in solar cell.
In addition, by 2025, Samsung’s goal is to make all of its TVs and phone chargers operate on near-zero standby power. The products will consume almost no energy when not being used.
“These are important steps,” said Han, “but we cannot achieve our goals alone. We believe open innovation and collaboration are keys to fighting climate change and protecting our environment.” With this in mind, Samsung announced that its eco-conscious technologies like the SolarCell Remote will be made open-source so that others can utilize them for their new devices too.