HANOVER, N.H. — Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, is a 2015 winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious Green Power Leadership Award in recognition of its commitment to using green energy and its support of green power usage in the community at large.
Hypertherm is one of 11 organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award in the Green Power Purchase category. In selecting recipients, the EPA evaluates partners who have distinguished themselves through the purchase of green power, defined as zero-emissions electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources. These resources include wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydropower. In 2014, Hypertherm fulfilled 100 percent of its domestic energy requirements with the purchase of more than 18 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power — enough to power 2,000 American homes for a year. Past recipients of the award include Herman Miller, Steelcase, and the Trek Bicycle Corp.
In accepting the award, Jenny Levy, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Hypertherm, said the company was honored to be included among other environmentally conscious organizations. “Hypertherm’s decision to use green power is a reflection of our long-standing commitment to the environment and lean business principles that include improvement of our energy efficiencies,” Levy explained. “We strongly believe supporting clean-energy sources is a sound business decision that not only fits with our broader sustainability strategies, but benefits the world at large as we all work to collectively address the effects of climate change.”
“The EPA is pleased to recognize Hypertherm with a Green Power Purchasing Award for its exceptional commitment to buying green power and reducing carbon pollution associated with its electricity use,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator. “In doing so, Hypertherm is taking action to address climate change, and we encourage other organizations to do the same.”
Hypertherm has an array of environmental sustainability goals it plans to meet by 2020. Those goals include producing zero landfill waste, improving the energy efficiency of its global operations by 30 percent, and reducing the carbon impact of its products by 20 percent.
Publication date: 11/23/2015