Sep 24, 2020

Samsung Semiconductor Site Earns Sustainable Water Use Certification

The Samsung Hwaseong Campus earned the Carbon Trust Standard for Water. 

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The Samsung Hwaseong Campus became the first semiconductor site to earn the Carbon Trust Standard for Water. 

This certification recognizes organizations that have taken a best practice approach to measuring and managing water use, according to Samsung. This is part of Samsung’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Sustainable water management has been at the core of Samsung’s environmental efforts for more than a decade, according to Samsung. The company’s extensive water management practices largely focus on the 3R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle. 

The company also utilizes water filtration technology, or the membrane process, to increase its water recycling rate by treating wastewater and reusing it in utility facilities.

In 2019, these efforts enabled Samsung to conserve several hundred million gallons of water at the Hwaseong campus. Between 2017 and 2018, the site consumed an average of 13.24 billion gallons of water per year. In 2019, consumption levels dropped to 12.97 billion gallons, reported Samsung. 

Additionally, Samsung employs a team of water experts who ensure that its water treatment technologies remain green. Instead of chemical treatment options, Samsung utilizes eco-friendly processes, including electro-deionization and energy-saving equipment to produce the water needed to manufacture semiconductors at the nanoscale.

More than 1,100 organizations around the world have been certified with the Carbon Trust, according to Carbon Trust.

“At Samsung, our sustainability management aims to create integrated values. Not only do we create economic values by maximizing profits and shareholder values, but also we take on a stronger responsibility as a global citizen to create social values,” said Samsung in its Sustainability Strategies. “As we deliver innovative products and services along the value chain which is based on the core values we pursue at Samsung, we generate values in the fields of economy, society, and environment. We monitor the financial and non-financial impacts that we exert on society throughout such processes so that we maximize our positive impacts while minimizing any negative ones.

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