In 2004, Samsung developed and set up the Eco-Design Assessment system. This system manages product’s compliance with environmental criteria developed based on resource efficiency, energy efficiency and eco-friendly materials.
This system ensures that our products and devices such as LCD and semiconductor to comply with the global environmental regulations as well as satisfies consumer demands for eco-friendly products. Samsung is also launching various innovative eco-products in the market and increasing the acquisition of global eco-labels and energy labels through the eco-design management system.
In 2009, we further upgraded our Eco-Design management system, introducing the eco-rating system for all developed products. This assigns each newly developed product an eco-rating (Eco-Product, Good Eco-Product, or Premium Eco-Product) based on strict evaluation criteria.
Samsung has set a goal to ensure 100% of products exceed Good Eco-Product criteria by 2013. This will include introducing eco-friendly evaluation for products in the R&D stage, enhancing energy efficiency, and increasing the use of recyclable and eco-friendly materials.
Eco-Design Management Process & Eco-Rating System
Product Life Cycle Extension
Samsung Electronics believes that extending the lifespan of products is important for sustainability. Therefore, Samsung has implemented a policy on providing reasonable product warranty and service parts availability, which takes into consideration the product, the sales region and legal requirements.
Table 1. The Period for Product Warranty and Service Part Availability
|Products||Product Warranty||Service Part Availability|
|HHP||1 ~ 2 year||2 ~ 7 year|
|TV||1 ~ 2 year||4 ~ 8 year|
|Monitor||1 ~ 3 year||3 ~ 7 year|
* Note. The figures above in Table vary according to product category, sales region and legal
requirements. Service parts are retained for given years after discontinuing production.
Sustainable Innovations for Extending Life Cycle
- Smart Evolution Kit for the Evolution of TV
The company developed innovative technology called “Smart Evolution” which allows users to constantly upgrade the television’s processors and software by plugging in a business card sized evolution kit to the back of the television. Consumers can improve the hardware performance by upgrading CPU, GPU and memory, and enjoy advanced functions and smart contents by software upgrade. The Smart Evolution Kit totally reengineers Smart Evolution enabled TV, and it makes consumers experience the newest TV technologies and features without having to replace the whole set. Therefore, this innovation can contribute to extension of the product life cycle. It can influence more sustainable consumption by encouraging upgrading of products rather than replacement.
- Reusable green packaging technology for refrigerators
The company developed reusable packaging technology for refrigerators by replacing paper and polystyrene with EPP. (Expanded Polypropylene) The EPP packaging container can be reused up to 40 times for delivering refrigerators, and therefore has a considerably lower impact on the environment compared to paper packaging. For example, it is estimated that it can reduce 7,000 tons of CO2 in Korea and 99.7% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by replacement. Additionally, Since this EPP packaging is a more durable and safe material, it can prevent potential damage and secure the product quality during transportation and delivery.
Table 2. Examples of Product Life Cycle Extension
|Smart phone||FOTA type OS upgrading service
FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) upgrading service will help smart phone users to upgrade the operating system of their phone at anytime and anywhere through wireless networks. It enables the user to upgrade their service without changing their phone. For details, see our support website
|Note PC||Battery life extension
Samsung Net book PC provides a battery life extension mode. When the PC is connected to main power, the user can set this mode which enables the battery recharging cycle to be extended by up to 2 times compared with other PC batteries.
|Renewable energy use
In August 2011, Samsung introduced the NC215 netbook,equipped with photovoltaic cells on the cover. Two hours of exposure in the daylight enables up to one hour of netbook use.
|Washing Machine||Inverter BLDC motor
Samsung washing machine has replaced previous universal motors with the inverter BLDC (Brush Less DC) motor. The BLDC motor operates without a brush and by removing this brush, the life span of the motor can be extended by up to two times in comparison with the universal motor.
|Digital Camera||Universal Charging Solution(UCS)
All Samsung digital cameras have adopted the Universal Charging Solution (UCS) which can be used for other mobile equipment such as smart phone, camcorder etc. This UCS standard initiated by GSMA can reduce standby energy consumption and eliminates the need for discarding chargers and keeping multiple chargers for different products.
*GSMA : Global System for Mobile communications Association