Samsung to expand use of renewable energy
Samsung Electronics announced its commitment to build on its strong progress of energy efficiency and operational emissions reductions to expand the use of renewable energy in its operations. Samsung Electronics' renewable energy goals are part of its ongoing efforts to demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility. Samsung Electronics is making a concerted effort in the United States, Europe and China - markets that are well-equipped with infrastructure for the development and transmission of renewable energy - to increase its use of renewable energy. As part of this effort, Samsung plans to source renewable energy for 100% of the energy used for all of its factories, office buildings, and operational facilities in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. In the medium to long-term, the company will seek to further increase its use of renewable energy around the world. In Korea, Samsung Electronics fully supports the government's national strategic plan to increase the country's renewable energy use by 20% by 2030. Beginning this year, as an initial commitment, Samsung will additionally install approximately 42,000 of solar panels in Samsung Digital City, its headquarters in Suwon. The company will continue to add approximately 21,000 of solar arrays and geothermal power generation facilities beginning 2019 in its Pyeongtaek campus and 2020 in its Hwaseong campus. With these efforts in place, Samsung Electronics is positioned to increase its use of renewable energy globally to match the equivalent amount of energy created by an average 3.1GW solar power plant by 2020. This amount of electricity is comparable to the annual energy consumption of about 115,000 four-person Korean households. As part of its extended strategy, Samsung Electronics will also engage its partners across the supply chain.