LG OLED Receives EPA’s Champion Award and More, Spotlighting Sustainable Materials Management

You know about LG OLED’s perfect black. Did you know LG also strives for excellent Green?

At CES 2018 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored LG Electronics USA with the Product Champion Award for LG OLED TVs. This cites LG’s significant environmental, social and economic outcomes that go above and beyond the requirements of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

LG OLED TVs are designed to reduce environmental impact and to be easier to disassemble and recycle. The Product Champion Award recognizes LG’s “leadership in innovating processes and products that focus on environmentally responsible material use throughout its entire life cycle,” according to the EPA.

Specifically, the EPA is recognizing LG for its “vision in continually replacing and reducing use of hazardous materials in electronics products by developing OLED TVs that are mercury-free, use PVC-free internal cables and BFR-free housing and stand parts, and greatly reduce the potential harm to humans and the environment.”

This achievement raises the sales appeal of LG OLED commercial displays even higher. If you’re a commercial display reseller, systems integrator or a business with an eye on the future, the fact that LG OLED is designed to reduce environmental impact speaks volumes about the kinds of partnerships you choose.

Additional Awards and Certification

LG also took home the EPA’s Silver Tier Award. This was in recognition of LG’s significant contributions to the EPA’s SMM Electronics Challenge goals by collecting a considerable amount of used electronics for reuse and recycle, sending 100 percent of used electronics to certified third-party recyclers, and publicly sharing detailed information about its electronic management practices.

What’s more, LG OLED TVs earned the Design for Recycling® Award from the world’s leading recycling industry group, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. ISRI’s highest honor recognized LG for developing OLED and LED TVs with greener features designed to reduce the environmental load at every stage of the product lifecycle.

LG OLED models were also the first TVs to earn UL “GREENGUARD” Certification that helps create healthier indoor environments. UL Environment’s rigorous GREENGUARD testing confirmed low chemical and formaldehyde emissions from LG OLED TVs.

Supporting its commitment to responsible recycling, LG Electronics Inc. is the world’s first “Global e-Stewards Enterprise.” The e-Stewards standard, developed by the Basel Action Network, is the world’s most rigorous certification program for electronics recyclers. It prevents the export and dumping of toxic electronic waste in developing countries and calls for safeguards to protect private data and ensure that recycling plant workers are not exposed to toxic materials.

William Cho, president and CEO, LG Electronics USA, said, “Sustainability is a core business principle at LG Electronics, and we believe LG has a shared responsibility to protect the environment by reducing our environmental impact while enhancing the quality of life for consumers. We call this ‘Innovation for a Better Life,’ and it means both responsible recycling and developing innovative products with the environment in mind.”

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