Samsung factories in USA, Europe, and China now powered by reusable energy

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Samsung is increasing its emphasis on renewable energy.
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Apple frenemy Samsung has achieved its goal of using 100% reusable energy in its factories in the USA, Europe, and China. It announced the sustainability drive in 2018, and achieved 92% reusable energy by the close of 2019.

Samsung has not yet revealed whether it plans to try and push this same focus on reusables to other parts of the world that it operates — including its home turf of South Korea.

Samsung has taken multiple steps toward sustainability in recent years. It uses eco-friendly packaging, features solar-powered remotes with its new TV sets, and more. Like Apple, Samsung now no longer includes a charger with its phones. That’s despite the fact that it originally mocked Apple for taking this step.

In 2018, Apple become the world’s first major tech company to be powered by 100% renewable energy. It generates so much power it had to create its own subsidiary company called Apple Energy. By 2030, Apple promises to be 100% carbon neutral.

Interestingly, Apple has been pushing its suppliers to be sustainable as well. Since Apple utilizes Samsung as part of its supply chain, it would be fascinating to know if Samsung’s push toward renewable energy has anything to do with Apple’s influence.

“Anybody could do this,” Tim Cook said several years ago about Apple’s environmental initiatives. “This is one area where we want to be copied.”

Making the supply chain more renewable

Samsung’s not the only Apple supplier to announce new environmentally friendly initiatives. According to a Wednesday press release, 110 of Apple’s manufacturing partners around the world have now committed to using 100% renewable energy for their Apple production. Apple previously committed to become carbon neutral across its entire supply chain by 2030.

“We are firmly committed to helping our suppliers become carbon neutral by 2030 and are thrilled that companies who’ve joined us span industries and countries around the world, including Germany, China, the US, India, and France,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “In a year like no other, Apple continued to work with a global network of colleagues, companies, and advocates to help make our environmental efforts and everything we do a force for good in people’s lives — and to work alongside the communities most impacted by climate change.”

Source: Android Headlines