Product Stewardship

We are minimizing the negative environmental impact of our activities and business sites to zero, and going beyond, we are working towards expanding our positive impact. In addition, our products and services are carefully designed with the consideration of contributing to a sustainable future for our customers, communities, and the environment.

  • Evaluation and management of eco-friendly product

  • Achievements and goals in developing Green 3 Star products

(Unit: %)
Horizontal Table
2019 41
2020 46
2021 41
*Based on the number of development projects.
  • Conducting Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

    Here at LGE, we use the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to accurately analyze and manage environmental impact throughout the product life cycle. LCA is an environmental assessment technique standardized internationally (ISO 14040 series) which quantitatively measures the environmental impact of each product cycle (manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal) and derives improvement points and assesses improvement performances. In 2011, we established the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database for major product groups. We use this database to conduct the LCA on seven product groups each year, including TVs, monitors, washing machines, refrigerators, household and commercial air conditioners, and mobile phones. In 2018, we developed a Simplified LCA Tool that can evaluate the environmental impact of products in thirteen impact categories, including global warming, resource depletion, and ozone layer depletion, in the development stage based on life cycle evaluation experience and the LCI database. We are striving to use the Simplified LCA Tool to evaluate potential environmental impacts in advance during the product development stage, and then apply the results of these evaluations to the development of eco-friendly products. Moreover, we disclose the global warming impact and carbon emission data of our products to customers through our website and our sustainability management reports, and through third-party certification that bolsters the reliability of the data such as the Carbon Labeling (Korea) and Carbon Trust (Europe) certifications.

  • Product Carbon Footprint Management

    LG Electronics encourages and facilitates our customers’ efforts to lead low carbon lifestyles by measuring the carbon footprint of a product (the total amount of carbon emissions associated with the product’s life cycle) and informing consumers how much GHG is emitted when they use a particular product

  • Progress of Product Life Cycle Evaluation

1995 / Application of LCA 2002 / LCA and third-party certification for major product groups (refrigerator, washing machine, air conditionder, TV, monitor, mobile phone) 2009 / Calculation of carbon emissions by major product groups and disclosure of results                                         2011 / Construction of the life cycle inventory database and third-party certification 2016 / Mandatory LCA in the development stage of major product groups, and the development of the Simplified LCA* Tool 2018 / Enhancement and development of the Simplified LCA Tool (expanded to 13 impact categories including global warming) 1995 / Application of LCA 2002 / LCA and third-party certification for major product groups (refrigerator, washing machine, air conditionder, TV, monitor, mobile phone) 2009 / Calculation of carbon emissions by major product groups and disclosure of results                                         2011 / Construction of the life cycle inventory database and third-party certification 2016 / Mandatory LCA in the development stage of major product groups, and the development of the Simplified LCA* Tool 2018 / Enhancement and development of the Simplified LCA Tool (expanded to 13 impact categories including global warming)
Calculation of Carbon Emissions throughout the Product Life Cycle (Unit: %)
Stages of Life Cycle Refrigerator
Unit %
Pre-manufacturing 26.0
Manufacturing 0.9
Distribution 0.7
Use 64.6
Disposal 7.8
Stages of Life Cycle Washing Machine
Unit %
Pre-manufacturing 39.0
Manufacturing 0.0
Distribution 1.0
Use 59.4
Disposal 0.6
Stages of Life Cycle Air Conditioner
Unit %
Pre-manufacturing 26.6
Manufacturing 0.1
Distribution 0.2
Use 72.9
Disposal 0.2
Stages of Life Cycle TV
Unit %
Pre-manufacturing 58.9
Manufacturing 0.1
Distribution 0.8
Use 40.0
Disposal 0.2
Stages of Life Cycle Monitor
Unit %
Pre-manufacturing 53.4
Manufacturing 0.3
Distribution 0.4
Use 45.4
Disposal 0.6
* Based on calculation of carbon emissions of particular models from each product group in 2021

LCA Result

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Green Technology Certification awarded by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
Name of Technology Technology to reduce standby power for PCs using facial recognition that detects user's absence
Date of Certification 2022. 01. 20
Valid Date 2025. 01. 19
Name of Technology Cutting-edge inverter air conditioning technology with axial penetration lower compression scroll compressor
Date of Certification 2021. 07. 29
Valid Date 2024. 07. 28
Name of Technology TV standby power reduction technology with X-capacitor discharge function inside Control IC
Date of Certification 2018. 05. 17
Valid Date 2024. 05. 16
  • Reduce carbon emissions during the product use stage by 20%(~2030)

    We set a target to reduce CO2 emission intensity by 20% during the product use stage compared to 2020. We carry out activities to reduce CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency for refrigerators, washing machines, monitors, TVs, dryers, and air conditioners for commercial and residential use.

  • Use 600,000 tons of Recycled Plastics(~2030)

    We set a target to use a cumulative 600,000 tons of recycled plastics from 2021 to 2030. We carry out activities to reduce the use of plastics, such as expanding the collection of e-waste and increasing the use of recycled plastics.

  • Human: Reducing Environmental Hazards

  • Voluntary Substitution of Hazardous Substances

    We adhere to international environmental regulations such as RoHS and REACH that prohibit the use of hazardous substances (e.g., lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB, PBDE, etc.) We entirely prohibit the use of harmful substances and continuously develop and apply replacement technical parts for toxic substances that can cause harm to the human body and the environment Though not currently subject to regulation, we are gradually replacing harmful substances such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) through safety and reliability tests. In 2015, HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane), a type of brominated flame retardant, was removed from all of our products and packaging in a preemptive response to EU regulations on persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In addition, the supply chain management of the information of biocide use in the product has been carried out, and we are striving not to use toxic substances in the manufacturing process through thorough management.

  • Hazardous Substance Management Standards

    We classify hazardous substances into LEVEL A-I, LEVEL A-II, and LEVEL B so as to enable management of these substances in accordance with national regulations and international agreements.

| Replaced Hazardous Substances |
OLED/Ultra HDTV • Applied PVC-free internal cables in 2013
• Applied mercury-free display panels
Laptop • PVC/BFRs-free laptops released since 2013(excluding FPCB,BARE,PCB,battery, adapter,keyboard,cable,touchpad, thermal module,cable connector,mouse,and power cord)
Monitor • PVC-free LCD modules in 2011 applied to all models
• PVC/BFRs-free LCD in 2013 applied to all models
  • Green Supply Chain Management (Green Program Plus)

    We operate ‘Green Program Plus (GP Plus)’ with a view to laying a foundation for shared growth by enhancing the eco-friendly competitiveness of suppliers through the transfer of our eco-friendly technologies and know-how. In order to actively respond to regulations on the management of hazardous substances in products, GP Plus, an eco-friendly supply chain management program, has been upgraded by expanding the management categories to include eco-friendly areas including the greenhouse gas management of suppliers based on the Green Program that has been operation since 2005.

  • Hazardous substance documents for Suppliers

    LG Electronics distributes related information such as 'LG Electronics guideline of the hazardous substance management in parts and models' both online and offline, so that its partner firms can easily adapt their operations to the GP Plus. This guideline also contains detailed LGE principles and standards with regard to hazardous substance management in parts and models

  • Supplier Training and Technical Support

    Every year, we conduct systematic training programs regarding regulations concerning hazardous substances, specialized skills in eco-friendliness, and greenhouse gas management practices in order to strengthen our green partnerships with the environmental managers of suppliers and our green partnership employees. In addition, a training course for 'hazardous substance measurement experts' was established with a view to enhancing hazardous substance management and measurement technology, and improving the reliability of data. This training course is provided to those in charge of measuring the hazardous substance inspection equipment of our suppliers.

  • Resource: Improving Resource Efficiency

  • Structural Improvement of Materials

    We conduct activities aimed at improving materials and structures in order to develop products exhibiting improved performance and convenience, by minimizing volume and weight from the development stage. And also we develop products that take eco-friendly factors into consideration to expand resource utilization and reduce waste.  

  • Use of Recycled Materials

    We are expanding the use of recycled materials by conducting product stability and quality reliability tests aimed at improving the efficiency of our use of resources. As a result, recycled materials are currently being used in various products of ours such as washing machines, refrigerators, air solution appliances, smartphones, TVs, and monitors.

Classification Amount of recycled plastic
Unit tons
2020 20,145
2021 26,545
Classification Amount of raw materials used for recycled plastic
Unit tons
2020 11,149
2021 12,533
  • An Example of Our Green Packaging Efforts

    At LGE, we promote the miniaturization and weight reduction of packaging materials, including the application of eco-friendly packaging materials, with a view to minimizing the amount of resources used. In 2021, we reduced the amount of packaging material used and the packaging volume by 14% and 1.8%, respectively, by reducing amount of packaging materials used and percentage of empty spaces in packaging.  Moving forward, we will focus more of our efforts on discovering forms of improved packaging. In addition, we will continue to implement eco-friendly activities such as the efficient use of resources and the optimization of logistics through compact packaging design by means of each of our business companies achieving their green packaging development goals.

  • Energy: Improving Energy Efficiency

  • Improving Energy Efficiency

    Based on Technology Road Maps (TRM), we established and implemented detailed goals for the different stages of product groups. Thereby we continue our efforts aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of each of our products. Instead of merely settling for compliance with global energy directives, such as the Energy-related Products (ErP) directive, we reduce energy consumption and standby power via the establishment of our own energy-related goals and detailed strategies.

  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    In order to enable consumers to be able to recognize the environmental impact of our products, we disclose information indicating the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon emissions generated in the entire product life cycle of, primarily, our flagship products. By implementing activities aimed at enhancing the eco-friendliness of our products, such as reducing product weight and resource use, and improving energy efficiency, we are making concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in each stage of the product life cycle. In particular, we are developing and selling energy-efficient products in order to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during the consumers’ use of these products. In 2021, we expanded the number of products applied with high-efficiency energy technology - effect of reduced GHG emissions during the product use stage by approximately 3.7 million tons as of 2021(when compared to the level of emissions per unit in 2020). Going forward, we will continue to implement enhanced energy improvement activities and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Energy Star

    Energy Star is a program jointly hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) aimed at certifying high-quality products. A total of ten of our product groups, including monitors, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, received the Energy Star certification, and as of 2021, 564 of our products have been certified.

Refrigerators 105
Washing machines 70
Dryer 89
Dishwashers 31
Air conditioners 43
Air purifiers 7
Humidifiers 2
Monitor 171
PC 44
Set-Top box 2