Galaxy for the Planet, a sustainability platform for Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business unit was announced earlier today with the goal of tacking climate change and its environmental challenges.
The First Step
The first step had already been identified, where Samsung would target the year 2025 to reduce its environmental footprint and lessen resource wastage from production as well as disposal of its Galaxy products.
“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,”TM Roh, President, Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
- Incorporate recycled material in all new mobile products by 2025
To foster a more circular economy, Samsung 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 products, taking their strength, aesthetics and durability into consideration.
- Eliminate all plastics in mobile packaging by 2025
Samsung 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 below 0.005W by 2025
Samsung is prioritizing energy-saving technology that increases energy efficiency and reduces 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 is minimizing 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 optimizing the product lifecycle, improving product design processes, and through initiatives like Galaxy Upcycling, Certified Re-Newed, and Trade-In programs.
The Long Term
These are challenging, ambitious goals that wants to better the world, and we could see a future where our phone boxes will be bio-degradable , we will reuse our old chargers and even parts of our devices might be made from repurposed recyclable materials. We’re on board with these ideals as long as they can make the prices of tomorrow economically friendly too!
“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. 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.”Stephanie Choi, SVP & Head of Marketing of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.