Samsung Receives Special Recognition from EPA

By Alan Wolf, YSN

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conferred one of its rarest honors to Samsung Electronics last week.

For the first time in nine years, the EPA’s Energy Star program has bestowed its prestigious Corporate Commitment Award for Climate Efforts to a business. Samsung received the special recognition for its “commitment and outstanding accomplishment across multiple parts of the Energy Star Program,” the EPA said.

Specifically, Samsung was cited for its leadership in product efficiency and energy management, and for its superior achievements spanning the breadth of the EPA program. The manufacturer is the sole recipient of the Corporate Commitment Award this year, which was last issued in 2012, to Sears.

In a statement, Samsung said it has been “a committed partner, advocate and champion of Energy Star and we thank EPA for this great honor.”

Energy Star is a 29-year-old conservation program that spotlights resource-efficient products and services for consumers, and, timed to Earth Day, honors businesses and organizations each April that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment. This year’s Corporate Commitment honor represents the ninth award for Samsung, which has received eight Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence awards from the EPA since 2013.

“Samsung is committed to helping mitigate climate change through our products, practices and operations, especially in the area of energy efficiency,” said KS Choi, president/CEO, Samsung Electronics North America.  “We are extremely honored to receive this rare and prestigious award and commit to continuing to raise the bar on energy efficiency as an important part of tackling climate change.”