Samsung has become one of the first manufacturers to obtain a TÜV Rheinland certification for the detailed carbon footprint of select digital signage products, according to reports by Germany’s invidis. The Wall All-in-One and the 2023 Smart Signage LCD models from the QXC series have been awarded the product carbon footprint (PCF) by TÜV Rheinland.
The TÜV Rheinland certification provides an impartially verified carbon footprint allowing business-to-business customers to offset their CO2 emissions through certificates and thus achieve carbon neutrality. This is considered the second-best solution at present since it does not reduce the initial production of carbon dioxide but compensates for it.
In a carbon footprint certification, the organization calculates the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) generated throughout the product life cycle – from production to disposal – based on internationally recognized standards. This certification is a significant step towards carbon neutrality, especially in the field of electronics hardware where the concept is complex. Many certifications merely assure that the latest product generation is more environmentally friendly than its predecessor, which is typically still far from achieving carbon neutrality.
It is worth noting that while this certification process measures and verifies the total amount of carbon produced, it does not necessarily ensure that the product itself or the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly. Instead, it provides a basis for offsetting measures to counteract the environmental impact of production and disposal.