Seoul, South Korea ― LG Electronics said Monday that it cut emissions from the use of its products by 38 million tons in 2013.
The achievement exceeded the company’s target to reduce emissions from the use of LG products by 30 million tons in a year, a target that LG had previously projected would not be reached until 2020.
LG said it has now upped the ante and will seek to cut emissions associated with product use by 60 million tons a year in 2020 ― an accumulated reduction of approximately 420 million tons between 2008 and 2020.
“A decrease of this size will have the same positive impact on air quality as the planting of 3 billion pine tree seedlings a year,” LG said.
Among LG’s advanced energy-saving technologies is the Linear Compressor used in refrigerators and Direct Drive technology for washing machines.
LG’s LED-backlit LCD TV achieved 67 percent improved energy efficiency using Smart Energy Saving Technology.
LG was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award, the highest distinction bestowed upon Energy Star partners. In Korea, LG has earned 98 low-carbon product certifications in the field of home appliances from the Ministry of Environment and Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute.
“Reaching this milestone could not have been possible if not for the dedication of our employees who have led the way in environmental stewardship,” said Joon-ho Kim, LG Quality Center senior VP. “We will continue to push the boundaries to bring innovations to our customers that are both technologically superior and environmentally responsible.”