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South Korea’s household electronics names Samsung and LG have raised the standards in addressing to reduction in carbon footprint.
Samsung Electronics on Thursday announced that four of its high-performance system LSI products received product carbon footprint label certification from the Carbon Trust, bringing its total Carbon Trust labels to 14 of its semiconductor chips.
The label certifies the chip’s carbon footprint, which informs consumers of the impact that the product and its manufacturing process have on the environment.
The Carbon Trust is an independent and expert partner of organizations around the world that advises businesses on their opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world. The Carbon Trust also measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains and products.
The latest four products are Samsung’s system on chip Exynos 2100 for premium mobile devices, mobile image sensor ISOCELL HM2, DTV SoC S6HD820, and timing controller (TCON) S6TST21.
Samsung Electronics received the semiconductor industry’s first carbon footprint accreditation for memory chips from the Carbon Trust in 2019. It also grabbed the industry’s first triple Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon, Water and Waste in June 2021.
LG Electronics plans to use more recycled plastic and collect more waste electronics products as part of its sustainability management efforts. On Thursday, the company released a goal of using a cumulative 600,000 tons of recycled plastic from this year to 2030.
LG Electronics used about 20,000 tons of recycled plastic last year. LG Electronics is currently using recycled plastic as a raw material for interior parts in some models of various products such as TVs, monitors, washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners.
LG Electronics` flagship product OLED TV now uses less plastic compared to LCD TV. The amount of plastic used in its 65-inch OLED TV is 30 percent of that of LCD TV, according to the company.
LG Electronics also raised its goal of collecting waste electronics from 4.5 million tons to 8 million tons between 2006 and 2030. As of the end of last year, the company’s cumulative collection volume came to 3.07 million tons.
By Noh Hyun, Park Jae-young and Minu Kim
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