Samsung — 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

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ENERGY STAR awards were announced last week, and there were a ton of them. I imagine all of the companies that won award deserve some praise and recognition for their work and products. But I also imagine that would bore our readers a bit and would mean leaving out some other important stories. But there was one news release regarding these announcements that especially caught my attention — Samsung Electronics was named 2012 Partner of the Year in the Product Manufacturing Category by the EPA.

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Samsung, in its news release on the matter, noted that it has “960 ENERGY STAR-qualified models across multiple product categories, including more televisions than all other consumer electronics brands” and that it “was selected out of the 20,000 participating ENERGY STAR organizations for its outstanding contributions in ongoing employee, retailer, and distributor training programs, as well as consumer education campaigns, recycling efforts, and labeling practices.”

I think Samsung really is a leader in this field (and actually have a Samsung TV, partly for that reason) and I think it’s worth giving the company a little recognition for its leadership.

“Under our global Planet First initiative, we are working to manage our operations sustainably while developing not only the most innovative technology, but also the most energy efficient products,” Yangkyu (Y.K.) Kim, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, said. “The four Eco-Design and Sustainability Awards we received from the Consumer Electronics Association earlier this year, together with this strong recognition from the EPA is appreciated as validation of the hard work and dedication of Samsung people around the world.”

Here’s more on some of Samsung’s green efforts:

Building on its multi-year partnership with the EPA, Samsung actively promoted “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR.” The company encouraged consumers to pledge small, yet important, steps to fight global climate change at Samsung events including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the World Cyber Games, and at Boys & Girls Club of America events. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to that from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

Samsung will formally receive its award at the upcoming ENERGY STAR award ceremony Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012. This award ceremony will mark the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

More on Samsung’s green efforts.

(I know this post might have come across as a little sales-y, so I’ll just note that this was not sponsored in any way — just a fan of the company.)

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