We're reducing the amount of carbon we use when we produce, and dispose of products. We use eco-friendly materials to make products and packaging, and we recycle reusable parts of old appliances.
In March 2022, Changwon LG Smart Park was named the first 'lighthouse factory' in the Korean home appliance industry. It's been acknowledged worldwide for its innovative production line, which increases energy efficiency.
*A lighthouse factory actively uses advanced technology to lead the manufacturing industry's future worldwide, just like a lighthouse lights up the night sky and guides the way.
LG Smart Park is home to manufacturing innovations, designed to be sustainable. We cut greenhouse gases by improving energy efficiency, with eco-friendly production technology and energy facilities.
LG Smart Park recycles waste heat from external generators by using it as a heat source. When we need lots of power, we use energy stored in the ESS (Energy Storage System) to lower our use of spare power generators, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In our factory, we use BECON, the latest energy management solution, which reduces energy use by 30% and dramatically lowers carbon emissions. * You can find more details in Sustainability Reports.
We are also building solar facilities to increase renewable energy production. When it's complete, solar energy will replace more than 10%, or 3000 tons, of the total electricity we use. That's the same effect as planting around 20,000 trees a year.
We are using more renewable energy in many ways for a better life and a sustainable future. We acquired a Renewable Energy Credit (REC), signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to purchase electricity directly from renewable energy generators, and received a Green Premium ecolabel by using renewable energy bought from KEPCO at premium rates. By gradually using more renewable energy, the conversion rate to renewable energy in Korea will be 60% by 2030, 90% by 2040, and 100% of workplaces worldwide will use renewable energy by 2050.
In North America, our production and logistics processes and offices already use 100% renewable energy.
A certain amount of carbon emissions is inevitable. To balance this, we reduce carbon emissions in other areas to stay carbon neutral and keep our carbon emissions at zero. We strives to develop high-efficiency products that only emit as much carbon as they can reduce.
We received a carbon emissions allowance from the UNFCCC Executive Committee by producing and providing innovative, high-efficiency fridges in India. The key technology of high-efficiency fridges is the inverter linear compressor. It controls the system more precisely than a typical compressor, operating the motor only when necessary, which improves energy efficiency and performance.
In this way, we're taking eco-friendly action through a virtuous cycle of securing carbon emissions with high-efficiency fridges produced in India, and investing the profits into greenhouse gas reduction projects in Korea.
Many reusuable resources left in discarded products. We recover and recycle the resources to reduce waste and pollution.
Founded in 2001 through investment from LG, the Chilseo Recycling Center acts as a virtuous cycle of resources, from product design, use, and recovery, to disposal. Engineers collect old appliances from LG and other brands, then carefully take them apart. More than 40 kinds of renewable raw materials, including separated plastic, iron, and non-ferrous metals, are reborn into new LG products.
We try to limit the negative impact on the environment, all the way to the moment the product is delivered to the customer and they open the box.
LG uses foam plastic instead of Styrofoam, to recycle more packaging for system air conditioners and outdoor units.
We also reduced the amount of paper used to pack one outdoor unit from 2,950g to 300g. In addition, outdoor unit packaging is collected immediately after delivery, to be washed and recycled. We expect to reduce about 85 tons of paper and 19 tons of Styrofoam yearly through this project.
Recycling packaging is a must for LG. We donate discarded packaging to zoos so animals can do more diverse activities. Boxes used for TV packaging are also used as a canvas or transformed into art tools and displayed.
LG is a global company, with more than 30 production sites worldwide. We're responsible for reducing waste across our coporate operations, to reduce our waste for our planet.
We found the way to separate recyclable materials from waste made in production and reuse them by combining new technologies.
We aim to increase the number of zero-waste landfill sites by using sludge (suspended sediment among sewage and factory waste) as a raw material, a popular method outside of Korea, and by achieving Zero Waste To Landfill (ZWTL) certification.
LG designs energy-efficient products with environmental impact in mind. By improving the energy efficiency of major products like TVs, fridges, washing machines, dryers, home AC units, and monitors, we are reducing carbon emissions by 20% in 2030 (compared to 2020). Our plan was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), proving that it's reliable and possible to achieve.
Knock On Magic Space lights up the inside of your fridge when you knock on the upper right door. Users can check their groceries without even opening the door. When they open and close their fridge often, it uses more power and leaks cold air. Knock On Magic Space lets people see inside the fridge without opening the door, so their food stays cold and fresh. It reduces cold air loss by more than 41% and energy consumption by up to 32%.
'Turbo Wash 360' technology sprays water quickly and evenly on your laundry, reducing washing time by 34% and energy use by 39% (compared to previous models).※disclaimer: Tested by Intertek on March 2019, based on IEC 60456: edition 5.0.
5kg of IEC standard load (Half Load), Comparison between TurboWash39 (Vivace) and Conventional Cotton+TurboWash Option (New Classic).
We include eco-conscious materials in our plan of the production process to prioritize recycling plastic taken from old appliances. LG's eco-conscious Value Chain Cycle of product planning, packaging, delivery, use, disposal, and recovery encourages people to have an eco-friendly life just by using our products.
LG OLED is a self-luminous display that lights up on its own. It's simple and efficient, which doesn't use a backlight behind the screen. EVO is a new material made with fiber and metal composite. It's 40% lighter than the materials we used before, so less carbon dioxide is produced during transportation. The back cover is made from recycled plastic, the bag for the remote control is made of bio-materials, and even the packaging is made from corrugated material.
The world's top three eco-friendly certification agencies acknowledged our efforts in making the 2022 LG OLED EVO.(SGS Eco-Product Certification, UL Environmental Claim Validation, and The Carbon Trust Product Footprint Certification)
Every LG Sound Bar is made using recycled plastic. This includes polyester jersey fabrics made from recycled PET bottles. We expect to recycle 300 tons of waste plastic yearly. We make product packaging with recycled paper made from waste paper and corrugated cardboard.
We won the 'Product Champion' award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2021 Sustainable Materials Management Awards, for our effort to reduce greenhouse gases, from the point of product design.
Tiiun mini uses recycled plastic on the exterior of the product. (*except for transparent covers of LED lighting)
We designed it to double up as a table for more use in daily life, and the exterior is made of recycled plastic from old electronics.