Samsung between market and environment: the carbon footprint of memories and automotive products

With the climate emergency increasingly at the center of the global political – and economic – debate, the technology sector has long been aiming at the creation of eco-sustainable solutions that are both profitable on the market and less impacting on the environment. The recent Cop – 26 of Glasgow made us clearly understand that this is not enough to reverse the course (are we in time?), but it is in any case signals capable of introducing a modus operandi which, hopefully, will become more and more widespread .

And so it should be taken as good news that Samsung has received the Carbon Trust certification for CO2 reduction (“ Reducing CO2 “) in relation to five of its memory media :

  • HBM2E (8GB)
  • GDDR6 (8Gb)
  • UFS 3.1 (512 GB)
  • T7 portable SSD (1TB)
  • microSD EVO Select (128 GB)

Not only that: the carbon footprint was

  • measured For others 20 products belonging to the memory sector (“ CO2 Measured “, or measured as a benchmark in order to see a possible reduction over the years and generations of products to follow, unlike the 5 products above which have been labeled as” Reducing CO2 “): SODIMM (8GB / 16 GB) , LPDDR5 (8GB / 12 GB / 16 GB), RDIMM (16 GB / 32 GB), 980 PRO SSD (250 GB / 500 GB / 1TB / 2TB), HBM2E (16 GB), GDDR6 (000 Gb), UFS 3.1 (128 GB / 256 GB), microSD EVO Select (64 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB), Portable T7 SSD (500 GB / 2TB)
  • verified according to ISO certification 14064 -3 from UL for 4 automotive LED product families (C-Series 3W: 3W White gen3, 3W Amber gen3, 3W White gen2, 3W Amber gen2)

Independent non-profit organization born in 2001 to encourage production companies to reduce their environmental impact through energy efficiency, new technologies and reduction of GHG emissions. It is also a certifying body for the carbon footprint of organizations, supply chains and products.

Independent organization dealing with safety in various sectors: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Verification Services. The UL mark certifies a product by ascertaining its suitability for certain standards, including environmental and energy efficiency standards.


The label “Reducing CO2” means that for the production of the 5 memories reported at the beginning of the article carbon emissions were reduced compared to the previous generation . Translated: less energy and raw materials were used per unit of measurement (chip). For example, for the realization of the portable 1TB T7 SSD memory, Samsung used eco-sustainable paper in the packaging instead of plastic.

  • carbon emissions savings for the 5 products from the moment of their availability on the market (July 2021): 680. 000 tons of CO2 , equal to the impact generated in one year by 149. 000 cars on the road.


Verification of ISO compliance 14064 – 3 by the international organization UL highlights the energy efficiency of Samsung’s C-series 3W LED product families , capable of consuming less while ensuring the emission of more light . This translates into lower carbon emissions and greater range of electric vehicles per single charge.

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