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Merck Receives ENERGY STAR Award From EPA

By on April 1, 2016

SAN JUAN – Pharmaceutical giant Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has received an ENERGY STAR 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its “continued improvement of energy performance and leadership in energy management in both the pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.”

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program certifies less energy use and fewer emissions.

The award recognizes one Merck’s manufacturing sites that has achieved ENERGY STAR rankings in the top 25 percent of pharmaceutical plant energy performance nationwide: Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.

Also achieving certification were office buildings in Cokesbury and Branchburg, N.J., as well as an office building in Upper Gwynedd, Pa.

A Merck logo is seen on a scientist's lab coat in West Point, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

A Merck logo is seen on a scientist’s lab coat in West Point, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Merck has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 1995 and recognized by the EPA for 11 consecutive years, two times as “Partner of the Year” and now a ninth time for Sustained Excellence.

“Merck is proud of our partnership with ENERGY STAR, because it helps us promote our energy program and provides guidance to use energy more efficiently,” Don Watson, vice president, Global Workplace & Enterprise Services, said in the company’s announcing statement. “We are committed to the efficient use of our natural resources and reducing the environmental impact of our operations.”

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Merck is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy added in Merck’s statement. “I’m proud to recognize Merck with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Merck demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

Merck offers prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, and operates in more than 140 countries.

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