LG Electronics Joins to Introduce Carbon-Neutral Products

July 26, 2011

LG is First in Industry to Distribute Home Appliances, Solar Panels and Various Consumer Electronics with CarbonFree® Sustainability Label

Helping to educate consumers and retailers about environmental sustainability, LG Electronics and the Foundation announced today that LG products have earned the new CarbonFree®Certification label.  The new CarbonFree LG products, including consumer electronics, home appliances and solar panels, will be available in the United States in early 2012. Working with the Foundation, the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, LG completed a life cycle analysis (LCA) on six core products to determine their carbon footprints from raw material extraction and production to use and disposal. CarbonFreeCertification is a transparent, meaningful label that distinguishes products that have undergone this rigorous third-party certification process.

This marks the first time that CarbonFree-certified LCD TV, LCD monitor, refrigerator, clothes washer, LED lamp or solar panel products will be available to the public, according to Foundation President Eric Carlson. In addition to the LG CarbonFree certification, the LG TV, monitor, washing machine and refrigerator also will be ENERGY STAR® qualified. “As part of our goal to become the most sustainable consumer products company in the world, LG is thrilled to partner with in this groundbreaking effort,” said Wayne Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics USA.  “Achieving the CarbonFree label for these products both validates the efforts we have made to reduce our carbon footprint and provides consumers important information they can trust.” The LCAs were completed under the internationally recognized PAS 2050 methodology with assistance from Konkuk University, which means the cradle-to-grave analysis of the products’ carbon footprints adheres to global standards for reducing environmental impact. “ Foundation applauds LG Electronics’ commitment to making and promoting carbon neutral products and following rigorous third-party standards,” said Carlson. “LG’s environmental leadership is further proof that what’s good for the environment is also good business.” Representatives from LG visited in Washington to sign the partnership agreement and celebrate the collaboration. CarbonFree®products represent the next step in LG’s already robust environmental commitment both as a company and provider of energy-efficient products and services, including a wide range of ENERGY STAR® appliances and electronics products.