Samsung Electronics has released more greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 than the previous year, according to the company’s annual sustainability report.
The report said Samsung’s greenhouse gas emissions are increasing by 5% annually and releasing 3.2 tons of CO toe (CO₂equivalent) per 100 million won revenue as the company expands the operations and product output of its semiconductor production line.
With the increase in emissions, Samsung fell short of its 1.55 tons of CO₂e per 100 million won target for 2020, a 70% reduction from 5.17 tons of CO₂e per 100 million won in 2008.
While acknowledging the increase in emissions, Samsung also wanted to point out that its operations in China, Europe and the US are now fully powered by renewable energy sources.
The tech giant added that it has signed agreements with renewable energy suppliers in Brazil and Mexico and expects to use only renewable energy in these countries by 2025.
Despite this shift, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Samsung needs to do more, as construction sites in China, Europe and the US account for less than 20% of the company’s total energy production.
“In 2020, renewable energy represented 17.6% of Samsung’s overall energy mix,” Greenpeace said. Said.
Greenpeace, which also published its own report on the same day, said that Samsung currently uses fossil fuels for 82% of its electricity needs.
To address this issue, Greenpeace recommended Samsung make energy consumption changes to its operations in South Korea and Vietnam, as the electronics manufacturer accounts for about 80% of energy use.
“Given Samsung’s business scale and impact on the overall economies of Korea and Vietnam, and its commitment to achieving renewable energy targets in other markets, it has the power to make big strides in Korea and Vietnam by providing easier access to renewable energy in the two countries. Greenpeace,” he said.
Greenpeace added that while Samsung’s scope 2 emissions decreased between 2018 and 2019, due to the increase in renewable energy intake in some markets and possibly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Samsung’s scope 3 emissions – mainly responsible for suppliers and logistics – were retained. An upward trend between 2017-2019.
Elsewhere in Samsung’s sustainability report, the South Korean tech giant said it collected 510,000 tons of e-waste in 2020, which is 30,000 tons more than in 2019.
In 2020, it also reduced its average water consumption by 4,953 tons per day and reused 70,181 thousand tons of water, a 1.2% increase over 2019. However, Samsung did not disclose in the report how much water it currently uses per day. .
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