NEW YORK, USA – November 3rd – KKR, the leading global investment institution, announced in New York that Qingdao Haier, Inc. was the winner of KKR’s first Eco-Innovation Award. As a subsidiary affiliated with the Haier Group, Qingdao Haier is primarily a household appliance manufacturer, and this particular honor has been attributed to the company's successful R&D into energy-saving air conditioning units that utilize the latest technology to reduce electricity use.
As the first and only representative of Chinese business to enter the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and member organizations of the IEC President's Advisory Committee on Future Technology (PACT), Haier's color TV played a leading role in the 2008 Flat-Panel TV Energy Consumption Test. The participating Haier Baolan model won every award, making it the energy conservation champion and turning Haier's color TV energy conservation solution for large flat-panel systems into an industry benchmark.
On May 30, 1996, Haier Refrigerator Co., Ltd. was awarded ISO14001 certification, becoming the first enterprise in China to do so.