GE Lighting Earns Eighth Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – March 27, 2013 – (NYSE:GE) – For the eighth straight year – a longer run than any other lighting manufacturer – GE Lighting has been recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award . This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

GE Lighting’s Steve Briggs, global product general manager, accepted the award Tuesday at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“Energy efficiency is what drives our innovation and development at GE, and the ENERGY STAR program is one that we continue to embrace in the evolution of lighting,” says Briggs. “To have been recognized eight years in a row and achieve a run of wins other manufacturers haven’t been able to record speaks volumes to our commitment to advance energy-efficient light bulbs consumers will embrace.”

GE Lighting was recognized for its support of the ENERGY STAR program through a variety of initiatives, including an extensive ENERGY STAR®-qualified product portfolio and continuous support of the ENERGY STAR brand and the GE ecomagination℠ program, the company’s commitment to solving energy challenges.

GE Lighting offered ENERGY STAR-qualified bulbs in a total of 607 consumer packaged options in 2012, including 198 ENERGY STAR-qualified LED packages.

In the more than 50 years since LED diodes were invented by GE scientist Nick Holonyak, GE has been a leader in LED innovation and has been dedicated to creating the most energy-efficient and sustainable products on the market. This commitment led GE to be the first U.S. lighting manufacturer to receive ENERGY STAR qualification for an omnidirectional LED bulb designed to replace a standard incandescent bulb. 

Other noteworthy energy-savings initiatives included illuminating the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., for the 50th year. The tree sparkled in 2012 with thousands of GE ENERGY STAR-qualified LED lights.

Visit www.gelighting.com to learn more about GE Lighting’s commitment to the ENERGY STAR program. To learn more about GE’s commitment to innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth, visit www.ecomagination.com

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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 about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™, Albeo™ 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.