Remember the time we gave Samsung stores a makeover…
Or when we did this…
And remember when you shared this?
After months of people-powered actions around the world, Samsung Electronics finally accepted our challenge to #DoWhatYouCant and taken the first steps towards 100% renewable energy! This is great news for our planet and the hundreds of thousands of people around the world taking action for a renewably powered future.
So what exactly has Samsung committed to?
1) A 100% renewable energy commitment in the US, China and Europe by 2020 (including all its own manufacturing factories).
2) Onsite installation of solar and geothermal energy in Korea, near its Hwaseong, Pyongtaek, and Suwon semiconductor plants. Samsung also supports the government’s national strategic plan to increase the country’s renewable energy use by 20% by 2030
3) Join the CDP’s (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) supply chain program next year, which helps to identify and manage climate change risks, to lead change in their supply chain.
See Samsung’s full statement here.
What does this mean?
This is a really important first step for Samsung to reduce its massive global manufacturing footprint. Just imagine, in 2016 alone, the tech giant’s energy consumption amounted to 16,000GWh, that’s the same as the Dominican Republic! This could help drive a faster transition away from fossil fuels like coal countries like China and South Korea.
If we see more ambitious actions from companies like Samsung and a shared responsibility then there is still time for us to turn the corner and build the renewably powered future we urgently need.
What is key now is to make sure Samsung follows through on this commitment with meaningful actions that actually lead to more renewable energy and expands this same level of ambition to other key regions like Vietnam.
With your help, we will be watching to make sure they do! For now though help us celebrate the good news!
TWEET THE GOOD NEWS!
Insung Lee is IT Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia
Dear Friends, I've read all your comments and felt that you are just challenging Greenpeace to prove that Samsung has committed to move to renewable energies due to Greenpeace efforts, and asking not to take full credit of it. I felt this is not the most important part of this struggle. Samsung has done it for many reasons, and at the same time you, me, Greenpeace and all the people in this planet has the very same reason to ask Samsung to shift to renewable energy. It is because this is our mother earth, so we do not have any other planet to live, so safeguarding it is a prime responsibility of all of us. As Samsung thinks about their survival, we have the same right to think and act on our survival, so rather trying to prove who did it, it is really worth do something to save this world, and make it a better place.
dear greenpeace, could you please explain to some of people, if "samsung" choice to turn green was influenced by recent greenpeace activism, or if it was just a coincidence? for some of us may appear confusing. so what is the probability that "samsung" choice was just a coincidence? (respectfully, robert)
Hi Robert. Companies consider many factors when making business decisions, but customers today expect companies to act responsibly and take action to address climate change. Greenpeace's campaign helped to educate thousands of people about Samsung's energy footprint, and these customers in turn voiced their opinion, which contributed to Samsung's announcement.
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This wasnt because of your efforts. Companies dont succumb to external influence that easily. Samsung did this because it was financially beneficial for them to take this road. The cost of renewable energy is going down drastically where as cost of non-renewable sources are slowly going up. It was, as is many other companies, financially motivating factor that contributed to this change of heart. Dont try to take all the credit.
Hi Peter Pan. That's right, renewable energy is going down and we're glad Samsung took notice! Companies consider many factors when making business decisions, but customers today expect companies to act responsibly and take action to address climate change. Greenpeace's campaign helped to educate thousands of people about Samsung's energy footprint, and these customers in turn voiced their opinion, which contributed to Samsung's announcement. So credit goes to all the people help making this happen!
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