At the Consumer Electronic Show 2023 in Las Vegas, the world’s leading tech fair, a number of innovations from the electronics industry leaders were presented in terms of innovations aimed at promoting environmental sustainability and solutions to some long-standing problems related to pollution.
Samsung reiterated its goals of creating more sustainable products through the study and research of materials accompanied by a focus on energy efficiency. Already several of the brand’s TV and smartphone models feature recycled material content. At CES, Samsung’s SmartThings Energy services were the first to receive ENERGY STAR SHEMS certification as a home energy management system on the market.
Together with Patagonia, it has developed a new technology called Less Microfiber Cycle, which is being integrated into Samsung washing machines, capable of reducing microplastics released during the wash cycle by 54%. Continuing on this path, the two companies recently developed a new Less Microfiber filter to reduce the dispersion of microplastics and prevent them from reaching the seas at the end of the washing cycle.
Panasonic, on the other hand, announced its take-back programme with the aim of increasing the recycling of electronic personal care devices, which represent a great material recovery opportunity in the US. Through this programme, Panasonic wants to make its US supply chain circular. Through partnerships with suppliers, it will be evaluated which components can be sent for recycling and which components, especially batteries, can be remanufactured.
Lithium-ion batteries will be sent to a company that collects, recycles, refines and remanufactures them with the mission of accelerating the reduction of fossil fuels. The companies recently announced that the recycled cathode active materials will be used for the production of lithium-ion batteries at Panasonic’s new electric vehicle battery plant.
Asus unveiled a new range of notebooks produced through the use of a technology that reduced production time by up to 75 per cent resulting in energy efficiency, and produced the product with 29 per cent less material resources contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions.