Samsung stated at this time that it’s going to make its factories and workplaces within the US, Europe, and China run on 100 % renewable vitality. The announcement comes after a greater than year-long Greenpeace marketing campaign advocating for greener practices and protesting the corporate’s function in worsening local weather change.
Activists have identified that Samsung lags behind rivals in terms of going inexperienced. Apple and Google have each bought sufficient renewable vitality, corresponding to wind or photo voltaic vitality, to offset their world vitality consumption since April. (It’s seemingly that Samsung can even buy renewable vitality to offset its consumption, relatively than be immediately powered by renewables.)
Samsung is barely explicitly promising 100 % renewable vitality for 17 of its 38 buildings around the globe. It makes no point out of the regional workplaces in Israel, India, Singapore, and Japan. Samsung says that the buildings within the US, Europe, and China specifically are “well-equipped with infrastructure for the event and transmission of renewable vitality.”
Samsung has additionally joined the Carbon Disclosure Challenge to determine local weather change dangers throughout the provide chain
The American, European, and Chinese language factories and workplaces shall be upgraded by 2020. Within the interim two years, Samsung says it is going to attempt to enhance renewable vitality use internationally, though it doesn’t say what areas it is going to concentrate on particularly. A sustainability report being launched tomorrow ought to have extra particulars.
Samsung has additionally joined the Carbon Disclosure Challenge (CDP) program for subsequent yr, which can determine local weather change dangers inside its provide chain. It stated that it’s additionally going to attempt to get its companions throughout the availability chain to set their very own renewable vitality targets.
In South Korea, Samsung is working alongside the federal government’s 2030 plan to boost the nationwide renewable vitality use by 20 %. The corporate says it is going to set up extra photo voltaic panels at its headquarters and add photo voltaic arrays and geothermal energy turbines at its different areas.
Greenpeace responded to the information at this time with a weblog put up, “This can be a actually essential first step for Samsung to cut back its large world manufacturing footprint … This might assist drive a sooner transition away from fossil fuels [in] coal nations like China and South Korea.”