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Expansion of Low Carbon Management

Renewable energy

LGE understands renewable energy is the one of the most important sources to reduce GHG emissions in our global sites and plans to increase its voluntary use. Also, as a global leader company in responding to climate change , we are participating in initiatives who advocate the use of renewable energy and support their policies.

LGE is expanding its use of renewable energy, adopting solar power generating systems, converting energy sources (purchasing steam from Changwon municipal waste incineration facility), etc. As of 2011, solar power generating systems with a total capacity of 126KW are in operation at the production sites at Gumi, Changwon in Korea and also in Thailand.

LGEUS announced its voluntary GHG emissions reduction target (office buildings and warehouses) to cut down 50% GHG emissions by 2020, compared to 2007 and started to purchase 100% greenpower for its HQ building from October 2011. We plan to purchase total 2,490 MWh electricity from 50% wind and 50% biomass until 2013 in US and it would be 8% of the annual electricity consumption in office and warehouses in US. Also we purchased 2,900 MWh green power in European office buildings in 2011 and it was 24% compared to total electricity usage in Europe. LGE plans to continuously expand its renewable energy purchase and solar panel installation at our production sites.

LGE supported international renewable energy policy and joined voluntary membership. In February 2012, LGE joined Greenpower Partnership, a voluntary certification program for renewable energy use from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and plans to increase the use of renewable energy in its business operations. In November 2011, LGE officially supported the 2°C Challenge Communique proposed by the Corporate Leaders Network For Climate Action and clearly expressed its strong commitment towards GHG reductions and expanding renewable energy use. The communique urges governments and businesses around the world to participate in the effort to stabilize global warming to und2°C and was conveyed to international leaders at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17).


In 2012, LG Electronics conducted water inventory assessment  to enhance water-use management  This assessment helps us to understand and gain further opportunities which can lead us to reducing water impacts

LGE’s water inventory follows the principles of Greenhouse Gas Protocol(WRI/SBCSD), and the inventory follows the “control” approach for its operational inventory.

Water Inventory is comprised of two criteria, Direct Water use (or Scope 1) and Indirect water use. Direct water use presents the total water use for all purpose including portable, process and sanitation purpose. Direct water use data includes water withdrawals by sources, reuse/recycling in the site . Indirect water use presents water usage by using purchased electricity. To estimate indirect water use , LGE evaluated water usage in 5 major Korean power supplies to determine water usage values.

LGE collects water data for those sites consuming more than a hundred thousand ton of water per a year.

Water inventory assessment in 2012 , we limited to collect water-use data for 7 manufacturing sites in Korea.

The result data is as follows

* Goal & achievement (Global, ton)


Unit : ton

Classification 2009 2010 2011
Scope1 Withdrawal Municipal 3,888,871 5,672,794 6,109,962
Ground water 535,450 456,090 394,700
Recycling/reuse Reuse 529,775 578,850 530,699
Recycling 24,798 12,841 25,382
Sub total 4,978,894 6,720,575 7,060,743
Scope2 Electrocity 76,535 99,346 103,556
Tatal 5,055,429 6,819,921 7,164,299
    • All the data has been verified by DNV Certification, Ltd
    • The verification covers water use from scope 1 and 2 for manufacturing sites in Korea from 2009 to 2011

Discharge (ton)

  2009 2010 2011
Treatment facilities 3,566,530 4,541,883 4,932,441
Ground water 84,582 76,632 88,685
Waste water & others 1,327,783 2,102,060 2,039,617
Total 4,978,894 6,720,575 7,060,743


· Campaign

At our production locations, employees organized an energy observer group to check electricity and steam leaks, and to turn off power switches to reduce energy loss. In celebration of World Environment Day 2012, for example, our employees helped replace light bulbs to LED for a rehabilitation center in Changwon and participated in a tree planting event at Mt. Jeongbyeong in Korea.

· Education

LGE conducts climate change training to raise awareness of the issue among employees starting with Korean employees in 2009, the online climate change training was expanded to over 20,000 office employees at overseas subsidiaries (including North America, China, the EU regions, etc.) in the following year.
In 2011, the program was further expanded to suppliers with over 500 employees from 120 suppliers. LGE also included climate change in the curriculum for our regular offline training provided to suppliers.
In 2012, 366 supplier employees completed the program about climate change and the corporate response strategies.

· Communication

LGE disclose GHG emissions of the company every year by CSR report, environmental report and annual report regularly. In these methods, we disclose the amount of GHG emissions, business and activities related to climate change and LGE's low carbon green strategy.