Electronics giant Samsung has committed to using 100 per cent renewable energy in all of its factories, offices and operational facilities in the US, Europe and China by 2020.
In line with the move, Samsung Electronics has joined the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Centre.
“Samsung Electronics is fulfilling its duty as a corporate citizen by expanding and supporting the use of renewable energy,” said executive vice-president Won Kyong Kim.
“As demonstrated by our expanded commitment, we are focused on protecting our planet and are doing our part as a global environmental steward.”
In its native Korea, Samsung Electronics said it “fully supports the government’s national strategic plan to increase the country’s renewable energy use by 20 per cent by 2030” and added that it would begin the rollout of approximately 42,000㎡ of solar panels in Samsung Digital City, its headquarters in Suwon.
The company said it will continue to add approximately 21,000㎡ of solar arrays and geothermal power generation facilities next year in its bases in Pyeongtaek and Hwaseong.
And the company said it would also work with its supply chain partners “to help them set their own renewable energy targets, in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Programme, which the company intends to join next year”.
Jochem Verberne of the WWF said: “We welcome Samsung Electronics’ declaration to expand the roll-out of renewable energy across its global sites. This is an important step and we look forward to working with Samsung on further measures to reduce the company’s climate impact across its value chains.”
Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said: “Samsung’s announcement is a major step forward for the movement to build a renewably-powered future. If the company follows through with meaningful actions, it will join the ranks of innovative business leaders recognising the sense of urgency around climate change and showing a different future is still possible.”