Samsung Electronics’ U.S.-based Affiliates Honored with EPA Green Power Leadership Award
Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC, and Samsung Semiconductor announced today that Samsung has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award for Excellence in Green Power Use from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA presented Samsung with the accolade at a ceremony during the 2019 Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference in San Diego, California on Thursday, September 5.
The Green Power Leadership Award recognizes America’s leading businesses, organizations, programs, and individuals for their outstanding commitment and achievement in significantly advancing the development of green power sources. Samsung was one of seventeen organizations nationwide to receive the Green Power award.
“We are honored by this prestigious Green Power Leadership recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Mark Newton, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Samsung Electronics North America. “As demonstrated by our expanded use of green power, Samsung is focused on protecting our planet and doing our part as a global environmental steward to reduce our environmental impact and increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies. We strive to use our business to initiate change in our company, the industry and beyond.”
Samsung is a proud partner of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP), a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among organizations to advance the American market for green power. Samsung is No. 8 on EPA’s National Top 100 Partners list and No. 6 on the Top 30 Tech and Telecom Partners list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually as of July 2019.
In June 2018, Samsung announced its goal to source 100 percent renewable energy for energy used in its establishments – factories, office buildings and operational facilities – in the U.S., Europe and China by 2020. This goal is rooted in Samsung’s mission to serve as a global environmental steward, reduce its environmental footprint, and contribute to the advancement of the voluntary green power market.
From 2017 to 2018, Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC, and Samsung Semiconductor increased their green power usage over 56 percent from 792,096,012 kWh to 1,236,305,518 kWh through a purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from wind farms as well as a rooftop solar array. This green power use, which is equivalent to the electricity use of approximately 115,000 average American homes annually, represents 100 percent of the total power needs of Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Samsung Semiconductor. As part of their green power use, Samsung Semiconductor invested in a new rooftop solar array at its San Jose, CA campus, producing 800,000 kWh annually.
For more information on the company’s ongoing corporate sustainability initiatives, which includes driving improvements across all areas of business, please visit:
- Samsung Electronics America: https://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/sustainability/strategy/
- Samsung Austin Semiconductor: https://www.samsung.com/us/sas/Sustainability/Approach
- Samsung Electronics’ 2019 Sustainability Report