WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics, a global technology leader in consumer electronics and home appliances, has been named 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is the second year in a row that LG has earned this coveted award for its efforts to manufacture and promote energy-efficient products to consumers.
"Environmental sustainability is a core principle for LG. As a long-time ENERGY STAR partner, LG is committed to delivering innovative energy efficient products to the market as quickly as possible and helping educate consumers on how ENERGY STAR products can save them both energy and money," said Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA. "We are extremely honored to be recognized by the EPA as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and look forward to continuing our industry leadership role through our environmental initiatives."
The 2013 Partner of the Year Awards are given to manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver ENERGY STAR qualified products, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. LG's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26.
2012 LG ENERGY STAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.
In 2012, LG increased its total number of products available for sale in the United States that earned the ENERGY STAR Label - the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency - by more than 140 percent and increased its total sales of ENERGY STAR qualified products by more than 15 percent, compared with 2011.
LG also embraced the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program, the groundbreaking new EPA initiative that recognizes the most energy-efficient products in their categories among those that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. More than 60 LG products - including the most refrigerators and washing machines in the industry - earned this coveted recognition for 2012. American consumers purchased more than 1 million LG products awarded the 2012 Most Efficient designation.
LG also invested in programs designed to change consumer behaviors, activities driving increased sales of ENERGY STAR-qualified products and enhanced employee and sales training, and technology leadership.
In 2012, LG reached more than a billion consumers with a nationwide public education and community outreach campaign about ENERGY STAR, designed to help consumers change behaviors. A key component of this effort was LG's support of EPA's new Team ENERGY STAR campaign -- a Lorax-themed educational initiative designed to engage youth to get involved in cutting their energy use at home. The company collaborated with EPA and DoSomething.org on the "Team ENERGY STAR Challenge," in which nearly 500 youth submitted energy-saving stories for a chance to win prizes from LG.
SAVING ENERGY THROUGH INNOVATION
LG offered consumers nearly 1,000 ENERGY STAR qualified models in 2012 across consumer electronics, home appliances and commercial air conditioning systems.
As a company that thrives on innovation and is committed to enhancing consumers' lives, LG strives to develop the most energy efficient products possible, while ensuring that consumers don't have to sacrifice performance or style. Examples of energy efficient products that LG introduced in 2012 include:
-- Mega-Capacity TurboWash(TM) Washer: Recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012, this washer is the industry's largest capacity washing machine* designed to save consumers a full 20 minutes per load** - addressing American consumers' desires for saving time and energy. -- French-Door Refrigerator: Received the top rating by a leading consumer magazine for its features as well as being recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012 due to the design of its linear compressor. -- 3D Smart TVs: Earned the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012 designation by combining smart energy-saving features such as Intelligent Sensors and power-saving modes with a cinema-quality 3D experience and the advanced interactivity of LG Smart TV.
BRINGING ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO LG'S OPERATIONS
LG's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition is in line with other LG sustainability initiatives, including LG's corporate campus project in Englewood Cliffs as its new state-of-the-art North American headquarters designed to be a showcase for environmentally friendly design, promoting energy efficiency, water conservation and reducing carbon emissions.
The new green corporate campus is expected to be certified under the EPA's ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Program, and LG is aspiring to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The new headquarters is also integral to helping LG achieve its industry-leading pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its U.S. operations by 50 percent by 2020 (from a 2007 baseline).
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
*Model WM8000. Based on ENERGY STAR qualified, front load residential washers as published by the DOE January 30, 2013 and manufacturers' published specifications.
**20 minute savings based on AHAM HLW-1-2010 test protocol, Cotton / Normal or comparable cycle at default settings, 8lb load, front load washer only. Excludes other LG manufactured products. Excludes quick wash or other comparable cycles intended for small lightly soiled loads only.
SOURCE LG Electronics USA, Inc.