U.S. Department of Energy recognizes HNI for its climate change endeavors
November 3, 2023 | 2:05 pm CDT

HNI has added solar panels as part of the Better Climate Challenge.

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — HNI Corporation has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for achieving its scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction goal as a partner in the Better Climate Challenge. HNI has reduced scope 1 and 2 emissions by 64% through the purchase of renewable electricity and energy efficiency efforts across its portfolio.

HNI is committed to combating climate change and to creating a better, more sustainable, tomorrow. In addition to being one of the market leaders partnering with DOE to set portfolio-wide emissions reduction goals, HNI relies on a strategy that incorporates the use of renewables, energy efficiency measures and new technology to drive improvement and integrate sustainability in HNI’s processes and products.

“Our Better Buildings Goal Achievers are leaders in their industries—demonstrating that we can reach the nation’s ambitious climate goals if we work together and commit to excellence,” said DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Jeff Marootian. “Congratulations to the 2023 achievers, who are accelerating innovative solutions to use less energy, reduce emissions, and save money for American families and businesses. We appreciate their dedication and hope more partners can join us as we build our clean energy future.”

“We are proud of this achievement and grateful for the partnership with the DOE. We rely on the collaboration, resources, and tools that the DOE provides to help us on this journey. We take a moment to acknowledge this achievement but know we need to keep pushing forward and further to increase our efficiency and to make a significant contribution in the fight against climate change,” said Lisa Brunie McDermott, HNI’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

HNI is an FDMC 300 ranked company. The company ranked #14 on the list with $1.52 billion in 2022 sales.


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