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EPA, LG Electronics collaborate on environmental sustainability

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and LG Electronics USA (LG) have entered into an agreement to collaborate on a number of environmentally beneficial goals.

Under the agreement signed by EPA and LG, the company has pledged to participate in a broad array of EPA environmental stewardship programs with technical assistance and support from the EPA. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the EPA and LG, states that the company will pursue a series of initiatives, including:

  • Enhancing its leadership in the Energy Star program by joining the Energy Star Commercial Building Program,
  • Expanding its role in the EPA Green Power Partnership Program by increasing its purchase of green power,
  • Joining the EPA WasteWise Program to enhance waste prevention programs, recycling practices and sustainable purchasing at all U.S. ­facilities,
  • Incorporating EPA WaterSense technologies in its facilities to conserve water,
  • Supporting EPA Sustainable Materials Management programs for electronics and food waste recycling challenges,
  • Utilizing the EPA GreenScapes program to support environmentally beneficial landscaping practices that can reduce waste, conserve water and cut energy usage,
  • Adopting the EPA Clean Construction USA Program to help reduce emissions from internal combustion engines used in facility construction and operation,
  • Implementing environmental best practices in energy management systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • Achieving LEED certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The MOU also covers product stewardship, environmentally-preferred purchasing, green infrastructure, green transportation and environmental education initiatives in which EPA and LG will collaborate.

The programs covered by the MOU supplement LG’s broad array of sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions in manufacturing and the supply chain; consumer education aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of product use; producer responsibility through consumer take back/recycling programs; reduction in the use of hazardous substances; deployment and promotion of renewable energy technologies; and development of innovative green life cycle product designs.

LG Electronics USA will submit an annual status report to EPA. EPA will use this report to determine the environmental benefits associated with the company’s “green” activities and provide feedback on ways to further improve its environmental performance.