Earlier this week, Samsung launched the newest members of its tightly integrated ecosystem of Android powered products - the third-gen foldable smartphones, the Fold3 5G and Flip3 5G, as well as new Galaxy Watch4 models and the Galaxy Buds2, all of which work even more closely together than ever before.
Alongside this launch was a new Galaxy for the Planet initiative, which is Samsung's "sustainability platform for its Mobile Communications Business powered by its scale, innovation and spirit of open collaboration, to take tangible climate actions across its business."
The company says it has "established an initial set of targets to be reached by 2025 to reduce its environmental footprint and lessen resource depletion from production to disposal of its Galaxy products."
TM Roh, the President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business said: “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. 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.”
Promising the delivery of a better environmental impact by 2025
Samsung says it "believes the integration of sustainable practices across each stage of production is crucial to minimising environmental impact and building a better future for communities around the world and the next generation of innovators."
The company says it will "work to achieve its initial goals by 2025, and it will aim to evolve its commitments to address new challenges beyond 2025."
Here are Samsung's stated goals:
• Incorporate recycled material in all new mobile products by 2025
To foster a more circular economy, Samsung says 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 will use various recycled materials within its new products, taking their strength, aesthetics and durability into consideration."
• Eliminate all single use 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."
• Reduce standby power consumption of all compatible Samsung smartphone chargers to below 0.005W by 2025
Samsung states it is "prioritising energy-saving technology that can increase energy efficiency and reduce power consumption. Samsung has successfully reduced the standby power consumption across all smartphone chargers to 0.02W, which is among the most energy efficient in the mobile industry. To build on this progress, Samsung will work to achieve zero power standby consumption of smartphone chargers, targeting reduction to below 0.005W by 2025."
• Achieve zero waste to landfill by 2025
Samsung notes it "is minimising waste generated at its mobile worksites, with the commitment to divert all waste from landfill by 2025. Samsung 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 programs.
Continuing Samsung’s spirit of openness
Samsung says 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 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.”
Samsung reminds us its products are "thoughtfully designed to help minimise the impact on the environment during their lifecycle – including power-efficient semiconductor chips, sustainably designed packaging, energy-saving technology and the ability to upcycle old devices."
You can view Samsung’s sustainability progress and its 2021 Sustainability Report here.