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Making impressive gains in both performance and perception in 2012, the electronics powerhouse is living up to its “PlanetFirst” commitment to Eco-Management 2013 and proving that it has what it takes to become a world-leading eco-friendly company. Since the EM2013 initiative was launched in 2009, Samsung has reduced GHG emissions by 40 percent as of 2011, dramatically increased the number of eco-friendly products within its product lines, and offers a plethora of eco-friendly, high-performance products with ultra-low power memory chips which greatly reduce energy consumption. Bearing testament to Samsung’s achievements in product innovation, four products including the world’s first solar-charging laptop, a microwave oven, a laundry machine, and transparent LCDs, received Eco Design awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012. The brand leads with more total EPEAT-rated products than any other manufacturer for printers, TVs, and hundreds of models in the PC and display categories. Samsung was also named Energy Star Partner of the Year by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two consecutive years and included among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the third year in a row. Having met or come close to meeting most of its 2013 targets, Samsung appears well prepared to tackle even more ambitious targets for 2020. Its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone just became the first to achieve TCO certification, an international standard for environmental design and socially responsible manufacturing. And if the company’s soaring profits and award-winning products are any indication, Samsung looks like it will continue closing the gap between its performance and perception in the best possible way—by improving both.