Samsung Electronics has set a target to ‘eliminate’ all plastics in mobile packaging by 2025 as part of its commitments acting more sustainably across its mobile product lifecycles and business operations.
Samsung Electronics has unveiled ‘Galaxy for the Planet’, the sustainability platform for its Mobile Communications Business which it says will take ‘tangible climate actions across its business’.
It has established an initial set of targets to be reached by 2025 with an aim of reducing its environmental footprint and ‘lessen resource depletion’ from production to disposal of its Galaxy products.
Samsung will work to achieve its initial goals by 2025, and it will aim to evolve its commitments to address new challenges beyond 2025, it said in a statement.
We believe that everyone has a role to play in providing innovative solutions that protect the planet for generations to come
“We believe that everyone has a role to play in providing innovative solutions that protect the planet for generations to come. Samsung understands our efforts need to match our scale, our influence and the magnitude of the entire Galaxy ecosystem around the world,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
“Galaxy for the Planet is an important step in our journey toward creating a more sustainable world, and we will do so with the openness, transparency and collaboration that drives everything we do.”
Incorporate recycled material in all new mobile products by 2025
The electronics brand will set out to foster a more circular economy. It is investing in new and ‘innovative eco-conscious materials’ for its products. With the goal of using recycled material across all new mobile products by 2025, Samsung says it will use various recycled materials within its products, taking their ‘strength, aesthetics and durability into consideration’.
Eliminate all plastics in mobile packaging by 2025
Samsung says it is working towards the full elimination of single-use plastics from product packaging by 2025 – reducing, removing and replacing ‘unnecessary resources and materials’ traditionally used in device packaging and incorporating eco-conscious solutions.
Achieve zero waste to landfill by 2025
Samsung says it is minimising waste generated at its mobile worksites, with the commitment to divert all waste from landfill by 2025. Samsung says it will also work to reduce e-waste on a ‘global scale’ by optimising the product lifecycle, improving product design processes, and through initiatives like Galaxy Upcycling, Certified Re-Newed, and Trade-In programmes.
Reduce standby power consumption of all smartphone chargers to below 0.005W by 2025
Samsung says it is prioritising energy-saving technology that increases energy efficiency and reduces power consumption.
Samsung has reduced the standby power consumption across all smartphone chargers to 0.02W, which is among the most energy efficient in the mobile industry, it says.
To build on this progress, Samsung will set out to achieve zero power standby consumption of smartphone chargers, targeting reduction to below 0.005W by 2025.
Galaxy for the Planet
Samsung said it will continue to discover new ways to address the climate crisis and expand its role in accelerating progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The company said it is dedicated to ‘reporting progress transparently’ and working with industry peers and partners throughout its sustainability journey.
“Samsung is committed to creating solutions that enable a better future for our people and our planet. However, we know we cannot do this alone, and the collective fight for the planet is not a competition,” said Stephanie Choi, SVP & Head of Marketing of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
“We strive for collaboration in everything we do, and our strategic partnerships across sectors, industries and markets enable us to scale positive impact around the world – helping us achieve a more sustainable future.”