Samsung Electronics has received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its sustainability leadership. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung honored by the US EPA in US

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics announced on March 4 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had awarded the company for its sustainability leadership.

The Seoul-based outfit said that its honors included a Gold-Tier Award, the EPA’s highest award for the responsible recycling of electronic waste, and a Sustained Excellence Award.

Through the award, the EPA honors brands, which have employed innovative strategies to use materials in a more environmentally responsible way throughout their lifecycle.

“At Samsung, we’re making sustainability the driving force of our bold innovations, and we’re deeply honored by the EPA’s recognition of those efforts,” said Mark Newton, Head of Corporate Sustainability for Samsung Electronics America. 

“Our engineers and designers are continuously finding meaningful ways to reduce waste and minimize our environmental impact as part of our journey toward a more circular economy.”

He added: “When consumers buy a Samsung product, we want them to feel confident that they’re not only experiencing our cutting-edge technology and eco-innovation advances, but we’re also making it easy for them to repair, refurbish and recycle their products as well.”

EPA Administrator Michael Regan praised efforts for efforts to reduce electronic waste.

“It’s going to take all of us working together to build a sustainable future, and I applaud the organizations recognized today for their leadership in essential electronic recycling efforts,” Regan said.

“Electronics are a global economic driver with supply chains that reach around the world and products that play a big role in our daily lives. Because of these organizations’ efforts, we’re able to recover and recycle valuable resources like precious metals, critical minerals, plastics, and glass.”

Samsung Electronics is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, memory chips, and flat-panel displays. Currently, Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is leading the outfit.