LG Partners with EPA to Achieve Environmental Goals

LG ELECTRONICS USA, INC. LOGOLG Electronics USA and the EPA entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to collaborate with the government agency on certain environmental goals. The MOU is the first of its kind signed by a “leading consumer electronics appliance manufacturer,” as a press release states.

The agreement covers the following areas: product stewardship, environmentally-preferred purchasing, green infrastructure, green transportation and environmental education initiatives. The MOU supports the company’s goal, announced in November 2011, of a 50 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for its U.S. operations by 2020, from a 2007 baseline.

LG will submit an annual status report to the EPA, and the EPA will use it to determine the environmental benefits of the company’s sustainability measures, plus provide feedback on how to improve its environmental performance. LG is already a member of the EPA’s GreenPower Partnership (GPP).

As part of the MOU, LG will join the Energy Star Commercial Building Program. The company will also join the EPA WasteWise Program in order to enhance waste prevention programs, recycling practices and sustainable purchasing at all of its U.S. facilities. In addition, LG will do the following, as stated in the MOU:

  • Expand its role in the EPA Green Power Partnership Program by increasing its purchase of green power
  • Incorporate EPA WaterSense technologies in its facilities to conserve water
  • Support EPA Sustainable Materials Management programs for electronics and food waste recycling challenges
  • Utilize the EPA GreenScapes program to support environmentally beneficial landscaping practices that can reduce waste, conserve water and cut energy usage
  • Adopt the EPA Clean Construction USA Program to help reduce emissions from internal combustion engines used in facility construction and operation
  • Implement environmental best practices in energy management systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Achieve LEED certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council

Other LG sustainability measures

LG is planning to build an office building in New Jersey, which will be 493,167 square foot and eight stories on a 27-acre lot. It will serve the company’s North American headquarters. LG is designing the headquarters to achieve Gold LEED certification. It will include an 85,000 square foot PV solar panel array, which will generate 1,047 mWh. Over 15 of the company’s office buildings are being reviewed for energy efficiency upgrades.

LG announced this week that it achieved CarbonFree certification for six of its products. NSF International teams up with Carbonfund.org to administer the CarbonFree Products Program. The products that achieved certification include the Optimus G smartphone, the OLED TV, a washing machine, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner and computer monitor. To achieve certification, the products underwent a comprehensive lifecycle analysis.

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Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.

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