New Samsung leadership plans sustainable products for the future

(IANS) The new leadership team at Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its vision for the future at ‘CES 2022, that focuses on introducing a range of sustainability initiatives, purposeful partnerships and customisable and connected technologies.

Jong-Hee Han, Vice Chairman, CEO and Head of DX (Device eXperience) Division at Samsung, said that open innovation and collaboration are keys to fighting climate change and protecting our environment.

Han has been promoted to the role of vice chairman and CEO, who will be in charge of the newly-created SET division, which merged the consumer electronics and IT and mobile communications divisions.

Samsung last month replaced all three CEOs in a move that, the company said, was intended to enhance competitiveness and promote future growth.

“I’m excited for you to be a part of our vision to see how innovation can create positive change, [and] to join us and work together for tomorrow,” said Han.

“These developments will make sustainability part of your product experience, enabling you to live a more sustainable life,” he said in his keynote address.

Samsung’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions throughout the production cycle have also earned recognition from the Carbon Trust, the world’s leading authority on carbon footprint.

Last year, the company’s Carbon Trust-certified memory chips helped reduce carbon emissions by nearly 700,000 tonnes.

To introduce everyday sustainability to more products, Samsung’s Visual Display Business plans to use 30 times more recycled plastics than it did in 2021.

The company also revealed plans to expand its use of recycled materials to include all mobile products and home appliances over the next three years.

In 2021, all of Samsung’s TV boxes included recycled materials.

For this year, the company revealed that it will be expanding the use of recycled materials to include the boxes’ interior packaging as well.

The company has also introduced notable enhancements to its first-of-its-kind SolarCell Remote, which eliminates battery waste with a built-in solar panel that can be charged during both day and night.

The enhanced SolarCell Remote gets electricity from radio frequencies in devices like Wi-Fi routers.

“What’s more, it will be included in more Samsung products — like new Samsung TVs and home appliances – with the goal of eliminating more than 200 million batteries from landfills. When you line them up, it is the distance from right here, Las Vegas, to Korea,” said Han.

In addition, by 2025, Samsung plans to make all of its TVs and phone chargers operate on near-zero standby power, so that the products will consume almost no energy when not being used.

Samsung said it has collected more than five million tons of e-waste since 2009.

For mobile products, last year, Samsung launched Galaxy for the Planet, a sustainability platform that was created to bring about tangible climate action and minimize devices’ environmental footprints throughout their lifecycles.

“We will continue to explore new partnerships and collaborations, aiming to address the challenges facing our planet,” said Han.

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