SOCIAL VALUESHE Research Center
Establishment Background and History
SK hynix established a SHE research center to proactively cope with national and international regulations, to develop professional technology about the SHE fields and to improve company-wide SHE service and quality with an aim to promote sustainable development and fulfill its social responsibilities.
Through this, the company has established healthy and safe business places and continuously conducted research on eco-friendly processes and products.
- Maintained the CDP2017 hall of fame for 5 years
- Rewarded for response to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gases (Ministry of Industry and Trade)
Product Environmental Effect
SK hynix Eco-efficiency
Symbol of SK hynix eco-efficiency meaning achieving factor 5 by 2015 yr.
SK hynix introduced Eco-efficiency Indicator in 2008. This indicator is to measure and increase the environmental performance and product value at the same time. Until now, 2014, we have conducted 40 case studies achieving factor 5.13. Please see the eco-efficiency brochure for better understandings.
SK hynix factor h2 Result
SK hynix has established the factor h2 roadmap in order to enable us to develop more environmentally friendly product. The eco-efficiency portfolio is a matrix to indicate how a target product (year 2011) has been improved compated to a reference product (year 2008). The vector of eco-efficiency indicates extent of improve ment in both product value and environmental influence.
LCA(Life Cycle Assessment)
SK hynix understands well matters and processes that have significant environmental impacts by annually conducting LCA evaluations on major products and performs research to obtain improvements. Based on the results of such LCA studies, the company was able to acquire the initial environmental product declaration in the semiconductor field for the 20 nanometer 4 Gb DDR3 products in 2013. The environmental product declaration is certified by the Ministry of Environment through the quantitative environmental information marking system for all processes such as product production, distribution/use and disposal stage, etc. for environmental improvement of products.
*LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): the method of quantitatively evaluating the environmental effects that occur throughout the whole life cycle of products
Environmental Declaration of Products
20nm 4Gb DDR3 SDRAM
Product : 4Gb DDR3 SDRAM
Certified Date : 2013.10.25
Certification Authority : Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI*)
KEITI : Korea Environmental Industry & Technical Institute
Querying Environmental Performance Results
|Global warming||5.07E-01||kg CO2 eq. /ea|
|Eutrophication||4.13E-04||kg PO43- eq. /ea|
|Acidification||1.23E-03||kg SO2 eq. /ea|
|Influence on ozone layer||1.41E-07||kg CFC11 eq. /ea|
|Resource consumption||2.85E-03||kg Antimony eq. /ea|
|Generation of photochemical oxide||2.34E-05||kg C2H4- eq. /ea|
|Global warming||3.84E-01||kg CO2 eq. /ea|
|Eutrophication||9.02E-04||kg PO43- eq. /ea|
|Acidification||8.71E-04||kg SO2 eq. /ea|
|Influence on ozone layer||1.46E-07||kg CFC11 eq. /ea|
|Resource consumption||2.22E-03||kg Antimony eq. /ea|
|Generation of photochemical oxide||1.51E-04||kg C2H4- eq. /ea|
|Global warming||6.91E-01||kg CO2 eq. /ea|
|Eutrophication||1.44E-03||kg PO43- eq. /ea|
|Acidification||1.21E-03||kg SO2 eq. /ea|
|Influence on ozone layer||4.83E-07||kg CFC11 eq. /ea|
|Resource consumption||4.29E-03||kg Antimony eq. /ea|
|Generation of photochemical oxide||2.44E-04||kg C2H4- eq. /ea|
Environmental Product Declaration
Since 2009, SK hynix has been promoting carbon labeling and water footprint certification for major products of the company. In 2015, the company was able to acquire certification of carbon labeling for 20 nanometer 8 Gb LPDDR3/ LPDDR4 products. 20 nanometer 8 Gb LPDDR4 products in particular were able to reduce the output of greenhouse gases by 32 % in contrast to previous certified products through the application of micro processes and optimization of energy efficiency. In 2017, the company was able to acquire water footprint certification for 20 nanometer 8Gb LPDDR3 products by participating in the water footprint demonstration project conducted by the Ministry of Environment and the company plans to continuously expand the environmental product declaration of various product lines to promote the transparent disclosure of information.
* Environmental Product Declaration : a third-party labeling system operated by the Ministry of Environment and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute, which objectively certifies the greenhouse gas emission and water usage of products
|Certification||Product||Carbon Footprint||Certification Information|
|Carbon Certification||50nm class 1Gb DDR3||602 g CO2||LINK|
|40nm class 2Gb DDR3||530 g CO2||LINK|
|30nm class 4Gb LPDDR3||807 g CO2||LINK|
|Low Carbon Certification||30nm class 2Gb DDR3||459 g CO2||LINK|
|20nm class 4Gb LPDDR2||634 g CO2||LINK|
|20nm class 4Gb LPDDR3||735 g CO2||LINK|
|Environmental Declaration of Products||20nm class 4Gb DDR3||507 g CO2||LINK|
|Certification||Product||Carbon Footprint||Certification Information|
|Carbon Certification||30nm class 32Gb NAND Flash||985 g CO2||LINK|
|Low Carbon Certification||2Xnm class 64Gb NAND Flash||1,321 g CO2||LINK|
|2Ynm class 64Gb NAND Flash||891 g CO2||LINK|
|Environmental Declaration of Products||10nm class 64Gb NAND Flash||691 g CO2||LINK|
Ecodesign is an approach to design of a product with special consideration for the environmental impacts of the product during its whole lifecycle
SK hynix established Eco-design Task Force in the late 2010 yr. The activities such as checklist, guideline and Measurement are under development in the field of Resource use, Energy Efficiency, Hazardous substances and recycling.
SK hynix is continuously making an efforts to develop and manufacture green product through Eco-design activites.
Partnership of Stakeholders
Cooperative Companies Green Partnership
SK hynix has taken part in a project for establishing green management systems for cooperative companies with ministries in order to cope with climate changes and to manage chemicals.
Such partnership has been pursued to reduce the carbon footprint of products through establishing greenhouse gas inventories and low carbon management systems of cooperative firms and to help cooperative firms prepare their own management systems to safely and properly handle chemical substances.
SK hynix is expected to become a company strengthening international competitiveness through win-win cooperation with participating firms and leading eco-friendly management.
SK hynix has maintained its position for five years at the ‘CDP hall of fame”, which is determined on the selection made by the Korean Committee for CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), as the first domestic company to be transferred to the Platinum Club in 2013.
CDP is a sustainable evaluation index that evaluates the strategy, communication efforts, achievements in relation to emission reduction, etc. of the company in response to climate changes. As such, SK hynix seeks to maintain its efforts in reducing greenhouse gases and energy use, expand carbon labeling, develop eco-friendly/ high energy efficient products and keep abreast of issues related to climate change at home and abroad, etc. In 2017, the company was honored with a ‘special award’ for acquiring the highest score among new entrants of CDP Water and is now striving to establish a Risk Zero workplace by thoroughly managing the Risks related to continuously increasing water use.