While most manufacturers around the world are happy to pump out greenhouse gases, there are a few out there that are trying to do the right thing by becoming carbon neutral.
In the past few months we’ve seen Apple force the wide majority of its suppliers switch to 100 percent clean energy, and Samsung opting for sustainable materials for its packaging. Now LG has laid down its commitment, with the South Korean firm stating that it wants to be carbon neutral by 2030.
To that end the company has launched its aggressive Zero Carbon 2030 initiative, which aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from its global operations within 12 years.
“In line with its larger sustainable business strategy, LG will look to reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 percent, compared to a 2017 baseline, by implementing various carbon reduction and renewable energy initiatives. This effort will help bring LG closer to reaching its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, achieving a net-zero carbon emissions footprint by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal,” explained a press statement on the goal.
Should LG’s initiative go according to plan, the company says that it will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960 000 tons by the end of 2030.
“Our commitment to combating global climate change is unwavering. LG’s progressive steps in reducing carbon emissions at workplaces the world over, with many more UN CDM projects in the works, exemplify the company’s unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability leadership,” added Lee Young-jae, VP of environmental safety at LG Electronics.
Whether LG can indeed reach its goal within the next 12 years remains to be seen, but we’re hoping this latest announcement is more than just a PR stunt. Hopefully it also spurs on some of the other big manufacturers across the globe to take on a similar approach to carbon production.