UL Environment and LG Electronics Expand ‘GREENGUARD’ Television Certification
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., January 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ – New 55-, 65- and 77-inch class 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs from LG Electronics have received the coveted “GREENGUARD” Certification, which sets a new precedent for television manufacturers to help create healthier indoor environments, according to UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
This noteworthy industry achievement builds on last summer’s major milestone when LG’s 55-inch class 2014 OLED model was the first TV in the world to be GREENGUARD certified. Now, LG has achieved GREENGUARD Certification for nine additional OLED TVs models for 2015.
“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.”
Rigorous UL Environment Testing
To confirm low emissions from the LG OLED TVs, UL Environment performed rigorous tests against the GREENGUARD Certification standard in its Marietta, Ga. Laboratory. According to UL Environment, 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.
Heaven Lee, Senior Vice President, Home Entertainment at LG Electronics USA, said, “LG 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. In 2015, 4K OLED TVs are expected to take the industry by storm, and our recognition as the first and only TVs to achieve GREENGUARD Certification worldwide further enhances OLED’s standing as a groundbreaking new product.”
Recognized and referenced as a leadership standard by more than 400 codes, rating systems, and procurement policies worldwide, the GREENGUARD Certification process requires that products 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.
Leadership in Environmental Sustainability
“LG’s leadership role in systematically obtaining GREENGUARD Certification for its newest OLED TVs demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to bringing safer and healthier products to market,” said UL’s Meier.
The new certification for LG OLED TVs is just one example of the company’s leadership in developing products with health and environment in mind. For example, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its operations, LG is a long-time leader in fighting climate change with energy efficient appliances and TVs, including the first ENERGY STAR® certified OLED TVs. Among other initiatives, LG also is focused on conserving natural resources by reducing product weight, using more recycled materials, and designing products for easier recycling.
“We’re proud to expand our work with UL Environment to help accomplish LG’s broad environmental sustainability goals,” Lee said. Learn more about LG’s line of GREENGUARD Certified 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.
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About LG Electronics USA
Named 4K Ultra HD Partner for the 2015 International CES, 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 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.
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