Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020

Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020
Samsung its renewable energy plans include installing 42,000 square meters of solar panels this year at its headquarters in Suwon, South Korea. (AP)
Updated 14 June 2018

Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020

Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020

SEOUL, South Korea: Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the US, Europe and China to using only solar and other renewable energy by 2020.
With its announcement Thursday, the tech giant joins Apple and other Silicon Valley companies in making such a commitment, but it faces bigger challenges due to its vast factory network, while other companies use outside contractors for manufacturing.
Samsung, also a major producer of computer chips, said its plans include installing 42,000 square meters of solar panels this year at its headquarters in Suwon, South Korea.
South Korea gets 6 percent of its energy from renewable sources, relying on coal and nuclear power for the rest.


Saudi unemployment rate down to 14.9% in Q3 2020

Saudi unemployment rate down to 14.9% in Q3 2020
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Saudi unemployment rate down to 14.9% in Q3 2020

Saudi unemployment rate down to 14.9% in Q3 2020
  • The total number of employed persons across the Kingdom stood at 13.46 million in Q3 2020
  • The Saudi labor market and economy are still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

The unemployment rate among Saudis decreased to 14.9 percent in Q3 2020 from 15.4 percent in Q2 2020, compared to 11.8 percent in Q1 2020, according to data from the Saudi General Authority for Statistics.

In addition, unemployment rate among males and females stood at 7.9 percent and 30.2 percent, respectively in the same period.

Meanwhile, unemployment rate among all residents (15 years and above) dropped from 9 percent from 8.5 percent by the end of Q3 2020.

The Saudi labor market and economy are still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total number of employed persons across the Kingdom stood at 13.46 million in Q3 2020. Males accounted for 82 percent, or 10.97 million of total labor force, while females represented 18 percent, or 2.49 million.

Meanwhile, employed expats accounted for nearly 10.20 million, representing 75.8 percent of the total employees, while nationals accounted for 24.1 percent, or 3.25 million.

A total of 8.50 million workers, or 63.2 percent of total labor force, are subject to the regulations of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), while 9.4% percent are subject to the rules of the Civil Service.

Meanwhile, 27.3 percent of total labor force represents domestic workers.