TCL’s Sustainability Journey: Advancing Product and Packaging Innovations
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TCL Electronics ESG Report 2022 demonstrates efforts on a brand and product level which aim to inspire its customers to live more sustainable lives
TCL Electronics, a leading consumer electronics brand and the world’s top two TV brand, recently launched its 2022 ESG report, detailing the milestones reached on TCL’s sustainability journey to date and its vision for the future.
The customer-facing part of this journey is the efforts being made to ensure that the products finding their way into the homes of consumers are as eco-conscious as possible. With World Environment Day earlier this month focusing global attention on environmental impact, TCL is highlighting the way its products can do their part to inspire consumers to live more sustainable lives.
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Packaging with Purpose – Planet-Friendly Materials and Thoughtful Design
Packaging materials are a pivotal aspect in the development of a circular economy. As a brand that shipped 23.78 million branded smart TVs worldwide in 2022, it is vital that TCL’s packaging meets the high standards of environmental friendliness through the implementation of lightweight, harmless, pollution-free, renewable, and sustainable packaging materials. TCL has invested in finding innovative alternatives to traditional materials, such as promoting the use of soybean ink, recyclable paper and paper packaging materials certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and ABS recyclable plastics – with some projects instilling a total ban on non-recyclable packaging with a view to further decrease the use of plastics in the future.
Wherever possible, efforts are made to reduce the amount of packaging required altogether. By downsizing packaging boxes and decreasing the pages of product manuals, TCL lessens the weight and volume of products, effectively reducing the quantity loaded into containers, and subsequently reducing the greenhouse gas emissions generated from the transportation of goods. In 2022, TCL developed the first new embedded and integral honeycomb-board packaging solution in the industry which improves the cushioning performance of the packaging material, while reducing the thickness, thus further saving on shipping container space.
Building Long-Lasting, Energy-Efficient Products for the Future
Beyond packaging and user manuals, TCL’s R&D efforts ensure the design of each product is as eco-friendly as possible, making adjustments to improve practicality, durability and efficiency – helping consumers make savings as well as protecting environment.
The energy efficiency indexes of TCL products meet and exceed national energy efficiency standards.
Selected TCL washing machines are rated as A-class in both energy efficiency and noise level, the washing machine has a low environmental impact, whilst TCL refrigerators utilize Twin Eco Inverter to promote energy efficiency.
Features like ‘eco-mode’ on TCL TVs also encourage consumers to use products more sustainably, making it possible to enjoy a high-quality visual and acoustic experience while limiting energy consumption.
On TCL smartphones, the Smart Charging feature improves energy efficiency and reduces battery aging by intelligently adjusting the charging pattern according to user habits.
ESG Efforts to Date and Commitment for a More Sustainable Tomorrow
The findings in the TCL ESG Report 2022 reflect TCL’s mission to improve the lives of customers everywhere. By 2025, TCL has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 18%, water consumption by 27%, electricity consumption by 13.5%, natural gas consumption by 70% and EPS consumption up to 10%.