Samsung reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent since 2008
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has announced that all of their business sites have received ISO 50001 certification, the international energy standard. Samsung has received this accreditation due to its commitment to energy efficiency, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the entire business by 57 percent since 2008.
ISO 50001 was established in June 2011 by the International Organisation for Standardisation. It is a globally-certified energy management system that stipulates processes and procedures for energy reduction in planning, execution and operation. Samsung Electronics’ site in Gumi was the first to receive certification in July 2011 and later in July 2012 all six business sites in Korea had been awarded. Two years after introducing the standard, Samsung Electronics is the first company in Korea to receive ISO 50001 certification for all foreign and domestic business sites.
Michelle Potgieter, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Samsung South Africa, said, “The ISO 50001 certification is a testament to our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the company. We are especially proud that Samsung South Africa is also contributing to energy reduction, both in its internal and external environment.”
In 2012, Samsung SA was the first South African Consumer Electronics brand to have taken the 49M pledge which commits the organisation to energy efficiency through its product line and the environment in which it operates. This initiative aligns the brand to a government endorsed programme that aims to encourage a national culture of energy saving. The recently introduced Samsung Digital Village, an African first, is a complete solar digital offering which supports the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the business. By capitalising on the sun’s energy, this solution has been developed for both rural villages without power and urban neighbourhoods that are subjected to fluctuating
electricity supply. This unique offering includes a complete education system infrastructure, power generation for small business enablement, a tele-medical centre for quick and accurate diagnoses, a health centre and basic lighting solution all developed to reduce the reliance on electricity. Samsung is also proud to have aligned with Miss Earth South
Africa as a brand ambassador for all eco-friendly products. In partnership, Samsung and Miss Earth are implementing on a number of educational campaigns to inform South Africans of the benefits of using green technologies and practices to save energy, optimise water usage and contribute to a sustainable environment.
“We will continue to lead the way for energy management and plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by systematically identifying and addressing factors that result in energy waste, utilise renewable and environmentally friendly resource and continue to implement policies that ensure that a low-carbon footprint is not only maintained, but reduced,” concludes Potgieter.