RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., April 3, 2014 – Samsung Electronics has won the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is the second year in a row that Samsung has earned this prestigious ENERGY STAR award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through activities focused on providing products with superior energy efficiency.
In addition, Samsung has also won the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Climate Communications Award for its efforts in further educating consumers about the positive effect energy efficiency and energy-efficient behaviors has on climate change.
“Receiving two ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards in one year including the highest Sustained Excellence Award for the second consecutive year is truly an honor,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America. “We have a long-term commitment to sustainability, and strive always to seek smarter ways to manage our operations responsibly while developing the most innovative and energy-efficient products. We are also proactively building awareness about how energy efficiency affects climate and encouraging consumers to fight climate change with the help of ENERGY STAR.”
Samsung was selected from 16,000 organizations in the U.S. participating in the ENERGY STAR program for the two honors. The company’s related accomplishments last year include:
Product Innovation: Samsung offers 1,176 ENERGY STAR-qualified models across multiple product categories. Three Samsung products received the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies Award from the Consumer Electronics Association earlier this year, one of which also earned the industry’s first ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award.
Consumer Promotion: Through its consumer promotions, Samsung highlighted the importance of the EPA’s “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” campaign.
Corporate Citizenship: At Boys & Girls Clubs of America events throughout 2013, Samsung reached 150,000 youth across the United States and taught Club members and their families about the importance of saving energy and protecting the environment from climate change.
Earlier this year, Samsung’s North American headquarters office in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, earned the ENERGY STAR certification for operating in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. Also this year, construction began on two major Samsung facilities. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. is building a state-of-the art energy-efficient campus in San Jose, California, and Samsung Research America is building a new R&D center in accordance with LEED Gold and LEED Platinum certification standards in Mountain View, California.
“Samsung Electronics has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award – the 2014 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award – because of their unwavering commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “By using innovative marketing and communications, Samsung Electronics is also helping to raise the public’s awareness of climate change. An informed public can make smarter choices about the purchases they make and the impact that they have on the environment and our changing climate.”
A proud ENERGY STAR partner since 1996, this marks the sixth consecutive year Samsung has been honored by the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. Samsung has been recognized in the past as follows:
Samsung will formally accept its ENERGY STAR awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2014. For more information about Samsung’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/sustainability.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).