Mahwah, N.J. - Sharp
said Monday that that it has been selected to receive a 2011 Excellence in
Energy Efficient Product Design Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program.
The award recognizes Sharp for its "ongoing commitment to
promoting energy efficiency amongst the consumer electronics and business
products' trade and consumers, as well as the company's efforts to lead by
example in the execution of its business operations."
Each year, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honor
organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the
environment through supporting and promoting energy efficiency.
The award will be presented to Sharp at a ceremony in Washington,
D.C. on April 12, 2011, the company said.
"The ideals upheld by the
Energy Star program are consistent with those of our corporate vision to
contribute to the world through environmentally-friendly and health-conscious
business, focusing on energy-saving and energy-creating products," said Bob
Scaglione, Sharp chief marketing officer. "Our efforts in this area are diverse
and go far beyond the products we manufacture. This is demonstrated through our
recent enhancements to our manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use, our
comprehensive renewable energy program for elementary school students, our free
nationwide Sharp TV and printer cartridge recycling program for consumers and
many other initiatives."
In 2010, Sharp offered Energy Star qualified products in nine
categories: room air conditioners, air purifiers, fax machines, audio products,
Blu-ray Disc players, copiers, printers and multifunction devices.
Sharp's Aquos Quattron televisions, with Quad Pixel Technology, are
said to produce energy efficiency as high as 67 percent above Energy Star
standards and as much as 65 percent above the current LCD CFL models, Sharp
In 2010, 51 of Sharp's LCD
TV models were Energy Star qualified, as well as all of its Blu-ray Disc
For the first time, Sharp introduced Energy Star qualified professional
monitors, including its PN-E series, PN-V601 video wall monitor and PN-L601B
In addition, the document systems the company introduced in 2010
are significantly more efficient in typical operating conditions than earlier
The company provides Energy Star product labeling and in-box
materials, and requires all promotional and point-of-purchase materials include
energy saving information to help consumers understand the cost-saving and
environmental benefits that are made possible by efficient products.
In addition, the SharpUSA.com website provides downloadable
materials including brochures, operation manuals, and other materials to
encourage retailers and consumers to think in terms of energy efficiency, the
"Thanks to the creative promotion efforts of partners like Sharp,
consumers can more easily find energy-efficient Energy Star products in the
marketplace," said Elizabeth Craig, EPA office of atmospheric programs acting director.
"Sharp leads the way by helping Americans learn how they can protect our
environment through energy efficiency. We look forward to seeing the innovative
programs these partners will continue to deliver."
Sharp also trains and recognizes dealers through its "Dealer of
Excellence in Promoting Energy-Efficient Products program and offers additional
training via the web that ensures the benefits of Sharp's energy-efficient
products are properly conveyed to consumers.
Sharp is an active participant in the EPA's SmartWays program
that sets high energy-efficiency standards for freight shippers in the CE
industry, and is a four-time SmartWay Excellence Award winner.
The Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM),
which Sharp co-owns and operates with Toshiba and Panasonic, has grown to 350
sites located across all 50 U.S. states. Since its start in 2007, MRM has
recycled 30 million pounds of electronics, and Sharp alone has been responsible
for more than 9 million pounds of recycled electronic material through the
program. Sharp also provides consumers with free downloadable mailing labels
they can use to recycle empty Sharp printer toner cartridges.
In 2010, Sharp upgraded its manufacturing and office facilities with
a new solar electric system at Sharp Manufacturing Company of America's Memphis
solar manufacturing facility.