GE Lighting CEO Credits Customer Focus and Innovation for Seventh Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – March 16, 2012 – (NYSE:GE) – GE Lighting President & CEO Maryrose Sylvester accepted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award last night at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. It was the seventh consecutive year that GE’s appliances and lighting businesses were recognized with the honor.
 
"We're proud that GE Lighting has more than 500 ENERGY STAR®-qualified products which provide increased energy efficiency for our customers," says Sylvester. “Being recognized for sustained excellence shows the value of listening to customers, and points to our ability to swiftly put innovations born in GE labs into the hands of customers."
 
GE was recognized for its support of the ENERGY STAR® program through a variety of initiatives, including training sales employees, retailers and distributors, promoting ENERGY STAR®-qualified products, and recycling at company locations.
 
Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO, GE Lighting
Maryrose Sylvester, GE Lighting CEO, at the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. where GE Lighting accepted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award.

GE Lighting offered a total of 501 ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) products in 2011—more than at any point in its history and 29 percent more than in 2010. Approximately three-fourths of all GE Lighting CFL and LED products sold in the United States in 2011 were ENERGY STAR®-qualified.
 
GE Lighting was the first lighting manufacturer in the U.S. to receive ENERGY STAR® qualification for an omnidirectional LED bulb designed to replace a standard incandescent bulb. Other noteworthy energy-savings initiatives in 2011 included reducing 478,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas / CO2 emissions at GE facilities and illuminating the National Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., with thousands of GE-branded Color Effects® programmable, color-changing, ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED lights.
 
Learn more about the future of lighting and GE innovation at www.gelighting.com, www.gelightingsolutions.com and by engaging with GE Lighting through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
About GE Lighting
GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs over 17,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve ™, GTx, Immersion ™, Infusion ™, Lumination and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.