HNI Corp. honored for achieving emissions goal


MUSCATINE, Iowa – HNI Corporation has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for achieving the DOE’s scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction goal as a partner in the Better Climate Challenge. 

The Muscatine-based HNI announced in a news release on Monday, Oct. 30, that it has reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 64% through the purchase of renewable electricity and energy efficiency efforts across its portfolio. The workplace furnishings and residential building products manufacturer said it is committed to combating climate change and to creating a better, more sustainable, tomorrow. 

According to information from DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative website, HNI achieved the emissions reduction from its 2018 base year levels. HNI also already has reached the goal it set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. HNI has 92 facilities in the Climate Challenge Commitment.  

“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,” DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Jeff Marootian said. “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,” Mr. Marootian added in the release.

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, the company said.

“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,” added Lisa Brunie McDermott, HNI’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “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.”

The Better Climate Challenge is part of Better Buildings Initiative, in which the DOE partners with more than 900 public and private sector organizations to improve efficiency in commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings. For more information and examples of proven efficiency solutions, visit Better Buildings Solutions website.  

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