Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Sears' accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2017.
Sears Holdings, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1998, will be honored for its long term commitment to energy efficiency. The company's related accomplishments in 2016 included:
• Energy Savings: Sears Holdings continues to have success year-over-year in reducing its energy consumption. In 2016, the company's total weather normalized source energy usage decreased by over 2.3 billion kBtu, and the average weather normalized source energy intensity declined to 108.1 kBtu/sqft; both represent more than 8% reductions compared to 2015. In addition, Sears Holdings has reduced electricity usage by more than 746 million kWh since 2008.
• Product Selection: Sears' Kenmore brand introduced new ENERGY STAR certified products in many categories in 2016. The brand partnered with ENERGY STAR in 2016 in introducing Kenmore branded televisions. "Connected Living" continues to evolve and grow at Sears Holdings. Additionally, Sears introduced and promoted ENERGY STAR certified Kenmore smart room air conditioners and water heaters at The Connected Solutions interactive shops inside Sears stores. Sears' lighting team also continues to pursue active partnerships with utility program sponsors and enhanced its lighting portfolio to include more ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs.
• Partnership: Sears Holdings' collaborative relationship with more than 60 utility partners helps differentiate its efforts to reduce energy consumption through the promotion of ENERGY STAR certified products.. In 2016, Sears also supported the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform business model and the launch of the national pilot with nine participating utilities.
"We truly value Sears Holdings' partnership with ENERGY STAR and are honored to receive the Partner of the Year Award for the eighth consecutive year in Retail and sixth consecutive year in Energy Management," says Mark Semisch, chief compliance officer for Sears Holdings.
In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.
For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR's awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
Sears Holdings Corporation is a leading integrated retailer. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions — including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit energystar.gov.
SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation