The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Osram Sylvania an Energy Star Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making and promoting energy-efficient products. The company’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 15.

Both the EPA and the Department of Energy are behind the Energy Star awards. The Energy Star Award is given to manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver Energy Star qualified products, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners are selected from thousands of organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

Sylvania is being honored for its leadership in manufacturing and promoting products that earn the Energy Star. By the end of 2003, 65% of the Sylvania product line will be Energy Star qualified. This includes 17 compact fluorescent models in 41 packaging configurations. Included are a new three-way CFL, a candelabra-based CFL, and a BR40 reflector flood CFL.

"Sylvania is extremely pleased to partner with the Energy Star program. We also are committed to further the manufacture of compact fluorescent lamps and other products as a way to reduce energy consumption and the environmental impact of end-of-life product disposal," said Charlie Jerabek, president and CEO of Osram Sylvania. "Increasingly our customers are also asking for products that give them value. That’s where Energy Star qualified products save consumers money, offering the same or better features as standard models that are also good for the environment. To our customers, that is value."

"The Energy Star program couldn't be such a success without the commitment of partners like Sylvania," said Kathleen Hogan, director of the EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "The Energy Star Awards are our chance to recognize those partners who, by manufacturing and promoting Energy Star, helped put more than 750 million Energy Star qualified products into American households over the last decade."