The five Samsung memory products – HBM2E (8GB), GDDR6 (8Gb), UFS 3.1 (512GB), Portable SSD T7 (1TB), and microSD EVO Select (128GB) – earned ‘Reducing CO2’ labels from the Carbon Trust. The previous versions of the five products had received the ‘CO2 Measured’ certification in 2020. The Carbon Trust recently also certified the product carbon footprints of 20 memory products by giving them the ‘CO2 Measured’ product carbon footprint label.
“It is exciting to see our environmentally sustainable efforts receiving global acknowledgements,” said Seong-dai Jang, senior vice president and head of DS Corporate Sustainability Management Office at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue our path toward a sustainable future with ‘greener’ chips enabled by Samsung’s cutting-edge technology.”
The Carbon Trust advises businesses on their opportunities in a sustainable, low-carbon world. The Carbon Trust also certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains and products.
The Reducing CO2 label certifies that a product’s carbon emissions have decreased. Samsung was able to cut the carbon emission of the five memory products through enhanced production efficiency. This means that less electricity and raw materials were used per chip. For the Portable SSD T7 (1TB), Samsung used environmentally sustainable paper instead of plastic as packaging material to minimize the carbon footprint of the product.
Samsung estimates that the volume of carbon emissions reduced from the five products, after their release until July 2021, amounts to approximately 680,000 metric tons of CO2, which is equivalent to 11.3 million urban tree seedlings grown for ten years or the greenhouse gas emitted from 149,000 cars driven for one year.
Before a product can be certified for carbon reduction, its current carbon footprint must be validated to set the starting line for measuring carbon footprint changes. The CO2 Measured label verifies the current carbon emission of the product with a globally recognized specification (PAS 2050). Thus, the 20 Samsung memory products with the CO2 Measured label has now set the benchmark for future carbon reduction.
“We have certified five of Samsung’s memory chip products with the CO2 Reducing label and are pleased to bring on board 20 more products with the CO2 Measured label,” said Hugh Jones, managing director at the Carbon Trust Advisory. “We hope that Samsung’s efforts could spread out to the entire semiconductor industry, so that the industry can continue its journey towards a more sustainable future.”