Wednesday, April 4, 2012

LG Electronics Sustainability Journey

To be a leader in sustainability engagement requires work and companies like LG Electronics are showing real leadership. LG Electronics USA plans to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020. As reviewed in an April 3, 2012 PR Newswire release, LG intends to help achieve this ambitious objective by purchasing clean power for its Englewood Cliffs headquarters building in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership program.

LG Electronics USA is based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and it 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.

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 partner organizations including small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.

LG Electronics USA is purchasing more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power over the next 18 months, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the headquarters' electricity use. This translates to carbon emissions reduction equivalent to more than 200 passenger vehicles per year, or more than 100 average American homes annually.

Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA said, "Purchasing green power is one example of how LG is working to meet this aggressive goal and demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship."

LG's proactive purchasing of utility green power products from BlueStar Energy Solutions supports cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

Blaine Collison, director of the EPA Green Power Partnership said LGs effort "provides an excellent example for other organizations."

LG Electronics USA was also named 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by EPA for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate millions of consumers about those products.

LG Electronics Inc. is also part of South Korea’s Green Technology Center (GTC) a research institute which will focus on developing environmentally-friendly technologies.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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