GALAXY S III and GALAXY Ace Duo achieve carbon footprint certification across Europe
Samsung Electronics has achieved a carbon footprint certification for its GALAXY S III and GALAXY Ace Duo smartphones across Europe*. The company is the first and only mobile phone manufacturer to have product carbon footprints certified by UK-based Carbon Trust Certification to PAS 2050, the global standard for measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services over their life cycle. Samsung had previously gained PAS 2050 certification for its GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note smartphones.
Samsung was supported with product carbon footprinting training and knowledge transfer from the Carbon Trust which assisted the footprint analysis of the certified mobile handsets.
The best selling GALAXY SIII – with more than 20 million phones shipped in the 100 days after launch – has an even lower carbon footprint than its predecessor, the GALAXY SII. A more efficient charger, the use of fewer raw materials and a reduction in emissions during its assembly all contributed to reducing the smartphone’s carbon footprint by up to 14%. Carbon footprints are calculated on a country by country basis, and can be determined by the energy mix in each region.
A carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by a product.
Three years ago, in 2009, Samsung introduced its Green Management strategy, as part of Samsung’s Planet First initiative. Since then, Samsung has developed innovative solutions for environmentally friendly products. As part of this, Samsung reviews the production, usage and end-of-life disposal of its handsets.
* The footprint certifications for the GALAXY SIII and the GALAXY Ace Duo are valid for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.