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LG Electronics USA

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 15, 2017 3:45:52 PM

Controlling the company’s carbon footprint is all part of a lifecycle.

LG Euclid

In updating its HVAC system with LG’s variable refrigerant flow, heat recovery technology, Euclid Chemical in Cleveland slashed its energy use by 70 percent.

Company Profile

Founded: 1958
Headquarters: Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Leadership: William Cho,
President and CEO, LG Electronics North America
Products and Services: LG comprises four business units: Home Appliance & Air Solutions, Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Vehicle Components. The company specializes in flat-panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators.
Employees: 2,200+
Website: www.lg.com/us

As a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “Green Team” partner, LG Electronics USA—the North American subsidiary of the Seoul, South Korea-based LG—has achieved the second-largest carbon footprint reduction within 18 months, compared to all other partners over the same period.

Committed to educating the community on sustainable lifestyles, LG is also playing a leading role in promoting the EPA “Flip Your Fridge” Energy Star campaign and is a three-time winner of Energy Star’s Climate Communicator award.

Taking a Lifecycle Approach

In its quest to reduce the environmental impact of products throughout their lifecycles—from home appliances to consumer electronics to air conditioning systems to LED lighting to solar energy solutions—LG quantifies and analyzes environmental impact at every stage of the lifecycle, and implements a strategic framework for products with greener features. The company also utilizes an Eco Index, internally developed indices to quantify environmental performance and establish targets, to support a systematic approach to developing greener features for the company’s products.

For example, LG’s solar modules’ “Back Contact” cell design maximizes the surface area for sunlight absorption, even on cloudy days, increasing power output to nearly 400 watts—one of the highest in the industry.

Furthermore, LG works with a network of third-party certified recyclers as part of an electronic waste take-back program, ensuring that its products are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner at end of life.

Practicing What They Preach

Pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its U.S. operations by 50 percent by 2020, LG is also building a new headquarters, tracking LEED Gold. The building at the Englewood Cliffs, N.J., campus will incorporate highly energy-efficient technologies and generate solar energy on site.

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