□ Technology that makes Technology Sustainable
In September 2022, Samsung Electronics announced its "New Environmental Strategy" outlining its ambition for future sustainability. In line with this, Samsung Semiconductor has set carbon, water, waste, and pollutant reduction targets, visioning to achieve them with "Technology that makes Technology Sustainable.” A year after, at SEMICON EUROPA, Samsung Semiconductor shared progress and efforts to discover and develop new environmental technology.
Moreover, by establishing dedicated future technology R&D institutions such as the Air Science Research Center, Samsung Semiconductor looks into future technologies such as Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU) to utilize emitted carbon. Furthermore, it to not only adopt such technology for itself but to expand to partners so that the supply chain can comprehensively achieve Net Zero.
□ Diversifying Collaboration
The IT industry, which Samsung Semiconductor is a part of, is a high-energy and resource consuming industry, making collaboration with various stakeholders such as customers, governments, and local community partners essential. As such at the event, Samsung Semiconductor went on to share various collaboration cases aimed at making sustainability a reality.
A notable example highlighted during the session was the business agreement on water resource recycling between Samsung Semiconductor, the Ministry of Environment, and municipal governments. This initiative aims to suppress water consumption by reusing discharged sewage water from local cities for industrial purposes, generated considerable interest among the event’s participants. Samsung Semiconductor also shared various carbon reduction efforts, such as utilizing aluminum extracts from discarded smartphones to produce the Company’s Portable SSD products.
Considering the growing significance of supply chain emissions, Samsung Semiconductor addressed the role of tier 1 material suppliers and opened its sustainable material cycle, emphasizing its commitment to building a sustainable semiconductor value chain.