Washington — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and LG Electronics USA (LG) said Thursday they will collaborate on a number of environmental goals.
Under the agreement LG has pledged to participate in a broad array of EPA environmental stewardship programs with technical assistance and support from the EPA.
These initiatives include the following:
- Joining the Energy Star Commercial Building Program.
- Expanding LG’s 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.
- Achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The memorandum of understanding also covers product stewardship, environmentally-preferred purchasing, green infrastructure, green transportation and environmental education initiatives in which EPA and LG will collaborate.
LG’s environmental sustainability and energy conservation efforts include the planned construction in New Jersey of a 493,167-square- foot, eight-story state-of-art office building on a 27-acre lot in Englewood Cliffs to serve as its new North American headquarters.
The proposed design is said to be responsive to the environment and includes a number of environmentally enhanced elements that are designed to achieve at least a Gold LEED certification.
More than 15 office buildings in the LG portfolio are being reviewed for operating and energy efficiency enhancements as well. Supporting the key elements of this MOU, the company has committed to an industry-leading 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for its U.S. operations by 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline.
LG is a member of the EPA’s GreenPower Partnership (GPP), and purchases 100 percent green energy for its current New Jersey headquarters.
LG will also construct an 85,000-square-foot array of LG photovoltaic solar panels at its new headquarters facility, which will generate an annual amount of 1,047 MWH. Under the MOU, the company is in the process of reviewing green power options for other U.S operations.