Samsung Electronics has declared its commitment to build on its strong progress of energy efficiency and operational emissions reductions to expand the use of renewable energy in its operations.
The company said its renewable energy goals are part of its ongoing efforts to demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility.
As part of this effort, particularly in the United States, Europe and China, Samsung plans to source renewable energy for 100 percent of the energy used for all of its factories, office buildings, and operational facilities in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. In the medium to long-term, the company will seek to further increase its use of renewable energy around the world.
In Korea, the tech giant fully supports the Korean government’s national strategic plan to increase the country’s renewable energy use by 20 percent by 2030. According to the tech major, the company has already started installing approximately 42,000㎡ of solar panels in Samsung Digital City, its headquarters in Suwon. The company will continue to add approximately 21,000㎡ of solar arrays and geothermal power generation facilities beginning 2019 in its Pyeongtaek campus and 2020 in its Hwaseong campus, Samsung said.
With these efforts in place, Samsung Electronics is positioned to increase its use of renewable energy globally to match the equivalent amount of energy created by an average 3.1GW solar power plant by 2020. This amount of electricity is comparable to the annual energy consumption of about 115,000 four-person Korean households.
As part of its extended strategy, the Galaxy maker will also engage its partners across the supply chain. Beginning next year, Samsung plans to work with its top 100 partner companies to help them set their own renewable energy targets, in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Program, which the company intends to join in 2019.