WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA Inc. has increased its green power use, further demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability and building upon its collaborative relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the EPA Green Power Partnership.
Expanding its participation in the EPA Green Power Partnership to an organization-wide level in the United States, LG is now using nearly two million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough to meet 11 percent of the organization's annual electricity use, up from 1 percent in 2011. This includes 100-percent green power for LG's U.S. headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
LG is buying utility green power products from AEP Energy and ConEdison Solutions. Representing a combination of wind, solar and biomass, this demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
"Environmental sustainability is a core business principle at LG, so we are particularly proud to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for our leadership in the Green Power Partnership program," said Wayne Park, president and CEO, LG Electronics USA. "Using green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change."
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Use of green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
"We are thrilled that LG has further increased its commitment to green power use and is now an organization-wide EPA Green Power Partner," said Blaine Collison, director of the EPA Green Power Partnership. "By using renewable energy, LG is reducing carbon pollution and showing that what's good for the environment can also be good for business. We hope other organizations follow their example."
"Companies in the United States have a major role to play in boosting sustainability," said Jorge J. Lopez, president and CEO of ConEdison Solutions. "By taking this responsibility seriously, LG Electronics stands as a role model for American industry. As one of the country's top suppliers of clean energy, we are proud to provide LG Electronics with renewable power that helps them fulfill their corporate commitment to environmental preservation."
According to the EPA, LG Electronics USA's green power use of nearly two million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 300 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 200 average American homes annually.
LG's green power purchases are just one example of the company's environmental leadership. In 2012 and 2013, the EPA named LG Electronics ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate millions of consumers about those products. The company has also led the way in electronics recycling, collecting and responsibly recycling more than 37 million pounds of unused and unusable electronics in 2012 in the U.S. through partnerships with retailers and third-party certified recyclers.
LG has made an industry-leading pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its U.S. operations by 50 percent by the end of 2020. The company is currently working to meet this goal through implementing a broad array of environmental stewardship programs, including initiatives related to energy efficiency, energy and water management, waste prevention and recycling, product stewardship, environmentally-preferred purchasing, green transportation and environmental education.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 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. www.lg.com.
About ConEdison Solutions
ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides competitive power supply, renewable energy, sustainability services, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, and performance contracting services for commercial, industrial, residential and government customers, including universities, public school districts, and hospitals nationwide. Offering innovative products, financial stability, and a commitment to customer service, the company is based in Valhalla, New York, with offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Falls Church, Virginia; Houston, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Overland Park, Kansas. The firm's dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of energy solutions. ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
ConEdison Solutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc. More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the ConEdison Solutions website at www.conedsolutions.com. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at http://investor.conedison.com for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.
About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
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