Certifications Further Enhance Award-Winning Smartphone’s Credentials, Highlight Company’s Environmentally-Conscious Initiatives
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 3, 2013 – LG Electronics (LG) has earned key sustainability certifications from UL Environment and the Carbonfund.org Foundation for the award-winning LG G2 smartphone, further validating the company’s global strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and develop products with an eye towards the environment.
The LG G2 has been ECOLOGO® Certified under UL Environment’s sustainability standard for mobile phones, the foundation of the new mobile phone category planned for the Green Electronics Council’s global EPEAT® Registry for products with greener features. The new smartphone also earned the CarbonFree® label that connotes a carbon-neutral product.
“Achieving these important certifications further validates the efforts we have made to reduce our carbon footprint and provides consumers important information they can trust,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, president and chief technology officer, LG Electronics Inc. “Our commitment to environmental sustainability with the LG G2 shows that, with LG, it’s all possible.”
The LG G2 achieved the CarbonFree recognition after a comprehensive analysis that determined the carbon footprint of the smartphone throughout its lifecycle, spanning from manufacturing and shipment to usage and ultimately, disposal. The CarbonFree certification program distinguishes products that have undergone a rigorous third-party process that involves determining a product’s carbon footprint, reducing it where possible and offsetting remaining emissions.
Eric Carlson, president of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, applauded LG’s commitment to making and promoting carbon neutral products and following rigorous third-party standards. “LG’s commitment to addressing environmental concerns with the LG G2 is further proof that what’s good for the environment is also good business,” he said.
UL’s ECOLOGO Certification to the UL 110 (Sustainability for Mobile Phones) standard is based on the environmental and human health aspects of a mobile phone’s entire lifecycle. This way, manufacturers, retailers and purchasers looking for sustainable mobile devices have an easy way to identify them, according to UL.
Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment, said, “UL’s ECOLOGO certification to the UL 110 standard empowers product manufacturers like LG to clearly demonstrate their commitment to measuring and communicating their product’s environmental performance. UL recognizes reduced environmental impact for products like the LG G2 to ensure that the marketplace has access to recognizably healthier, more sustainable devices.”
The UL 110 standard is at the heart of a new mobile phone category being developed for EPEAT, a third-party green-rating system that evaluates products on a lifecycle basis, addressing their design for recycling, elimination of toxic substances, use of recycled and recyclable materials, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging, among other attributes. EPEAT is used as an environ-mental purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, as well as by educational and healthcare systems and multinational corporations.
Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council, said the quick evolution and short lifecycle of mobile products “presents a clear opportunity to reduce their environmental impact. By meeting the UL 110 standard, the LG G2 is poised for success as stakeholders continue moving toward the creation of an EPEAT mobile phone category.”
The LG G2 features an innovative rear-key design for easy, natural handling. Boasting a 5.2-inch Full HD near edge-to-edge display, the LG G2 is a powerful smartphone that brings together the best of mobile technology. The LG G2 is built with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor for fast-paced multitasking and a suite of intuitive features like Answer Me and KnockON, creating the ultimate mobile companion for work and play. With a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization, the LG G2 also captures crystal clear photos and videos, whether shooting in low-light conditions or fast-moving events.
One of the hottest new smartphones on the market, the LG G2 has been receiving accolades world over and was recently chosen by a leading consumer magazine as the only Android device among its top 10 electronic products of 2013.
NOTE: Certification marks are for illustrative purposes only.
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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative mobile phones, home entertainment products, home appliances, and air conditioning systems and energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.
About Carbonfund.org Foundation
Carbonfund.org is a leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact and hasten our transition to a low-carbon economy. Carbonfund.org supports innovative renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry projects globally that reduce carbon emissions and help people. Carbonfund.org has worked with over 2,000 corporate and nonprofit partners. More at www.carbonfund.org.
About UL Environment
UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment, or connect with us via @ULEnvironment, www.linkedin.com/company/ul-environment, and www.facebook.com/ULEnvironment.
EPEAT is the definitive global registry for greener electronics. The registry includes the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers and spans the widest array of countries. EPEAT combines strict, comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been sold worldwide since 2006, resulting in significant environmental benefits. EPEAT was developed through a stakeholder consensus process and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at epeat.net.
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