LG Electronics USA says its sales of products designated by the EPA as “Energy Star Most Efficient” increased 75 percent in 2012.
More than 750,000 LG products awarded Energy Star Most Efficient 2012 status were sold in the United States through September, up from about 400,000 units over that time period last year, the electronics firm said.
According to EPA figures, these purchases will save consumers more than $150 million in utility costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 930 million pounds over the lifetime of these products, LG said.
Launched in a pilot project in July 2011
, the “Most Efficient” designation is designed to complement and enhance the Energy Star brand, by highlighting the most energy-efficient products in their categories among those that have already earned Energy Star certification.
At launch, 15 washing machines, 18 televisions and four central air conditioners or heat source pumps were included in the designation. Currently, about five percent of Energy Star certified products carry the “Most Efficient” designation.
In March, LG won an Energy Star Partner of the Year award
in recognition of of its commitment to Energy Star-qualified products and employee education programs. The company increased the sales of its Energy Star-qualified products by nearly 30 percent over 2010 and produced 406 such appliances and electronics models in 2011, 21 more than the number qualified in 2010, the EPA and DOE said.
In September, LG was one of a host of electronics firms and retailers that joined the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge, committing to send 100 percent of the used electronics it collects to third-party certified refurbishers and recyclers, and to increase the amount of used electronics it collects. The challenge, an initiative that aims to make electronics refurbishing and recycling practices the industry standard, requires participating recyclers to show an accredited, independent auditor they meet specific standards to safely recycle and manage used electronics.
Other firms joining the initiative in September included Best Buy, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sprint and Staples.