Mahwah, N.J. -
will receive today a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program 2012 Excellence in Energy-Efficient Product Design Award.
Sharp is being recognized 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," the company said Thursday.
Each year, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through supporting and promoting energy-efficiency.
"This is a great honor for Sharp. The ideals upheld by the Energy Star program are consistent with those of our corporate vision to contribute to the world through environmentally improved and health-conscious businesses, 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 ongoing enhancements to our manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use, our MRM electronic waste recycling program, our comprehensive renewable energy educational program for elementary school students, our free nationwide Sharp TV and copier cartridge recycling program for consumers and many other initiatives."
Sharp said it currently offers Energy Star-certified products in seven product categories: air conditioners, air purifiers, audio, copiers/printer/multifunction peripherals, DVD players, monitors/displays and televisions. Sharp's Aquos Quattron televisions, with Quad Pixel Technology, boast energy-efficiency levels of as much as 55 percent above Energy Star standards, the company said.
In 2011, 30 of Sharp's LCD TV models and all of its Blu-ray Disc players qualified for Energy Star certification.