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LG Electronics, UL Environment Announce First GREENGUARD Certified TelevisionUL Environment Tests and Certifies LG’s Curved OLED TV for Low Emissions
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Aug. 27, 2014 – UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and LG Electronics USA today announced the landmark achievement of GREENGUARD Certification for LG’s newest OLED TV, model 55EC9300. This certification is the first of its kind and sets a new precedent for television manufacturers to help create healthier indoor environments.
Televisions amass considerably more surface area in homes and built environments today than they have in decades past. Complex components, plastics and other substances in TV products can create significant potential to contribute to high chemical and formaldehyde exposures, according to UL Environment.
UL Environment performed rigorous tests against the GREENGUARD Certification standard in its Marietta, Ga. laboratory, to confirm low emissions from the LG 55EC9300. This all-new 55-inch class (54.6 inches measured diagonally) LG Curved OLED is being launched this month at various retailers nationwide.
“As we bring more and more electronics into our living and working environments, we need to think about the impacts of these devices on our health and quality of life,” said Lisa Meier, Vice President and General Manager at UL Environment. “We spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, so impact to indoor air quality is an important consideration. LG taking the leadership role in obtaining GREENGUARD Certification for its new OLED TV demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to bringing safer and healthier products to market.”
Thomas Lee, Senior Vice President, Home Entertainment at LG Electronics USA, said, “LG’s OLED TVs are designed to deliver superior picture quality with infinite contrast ratio achieving the deepest blacks imaginable and displaying colors that appear richer and brighter. Our new 55-inch model is taking the industry by storm, and its recognition as the first and only television to have achieved GREENGUARD Certification, worldwide, further enhances its standing as a groundbreaking new product.”
Recognized and referenced as a leadership standard by over 400 codes, rating systems, and procurement policies worldwide, the GREENGUARD Certification process requires that product meet some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive limits for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor environments. Completion of the certification gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors.
GREENGUARD Certification for the LG 55EC9300 is just one example of LG’s leadership in developing products with health and environment in mind. For example, the energy efficient 55EC9300 also is among the first OLED TVs to be ENERGY STAR® certified, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In energy saving modes, display brightness adjusts automatically to the viewing environment. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s “Energy Guide” label, the LG 55EC9300 has an estimated yearly energy cost of only $17.*
“LG is proud to work with UL Environment to help accomplish our environmental sustainability goals,” Lee said. Find more about the LG OLED TV and other UL Environment Certified and Validated LG Electronics products at this link on UL Environment’s online Sustainable Product Guide (www.ul.com/SPG), used by purchasers, specifiers, and consumers worldwide to assist them in identifying and purchasing healthier, more sustainable products.
The new 55-inch class LG OLED TV, on sale now at a suggested price of $3,499, is amazingly thin – 4.5 millimeters at its thinnest point (11/64ths of an inch) or the depth of a few credit cards. Its gentle curved screen makes quite a design statement, and thanks to its frameless, bezel-less “Cinema Screen” design, the picture goes virtually from edge to edge.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $53 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 home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.
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 82,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. With 2013 global sales of USD 53.10 billion (KRW 58.14 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliances, 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. For more LG news and information, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
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, and connect with us via Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com.
* The FTC’s calculations are based on 11 cents per kWh and 5 hours use per day. Your cost depends on your utility rates and use. Visit ftc.gov/energy.