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Merck Receives 2017 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that it has received an ENERGY STAR 2017 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.

Merck has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 1995 and recognized by the EPA for 12 consecutive years, two times as Partner of the Year and now a 10th time for Sustained Excellence.

“Merck is proud of the continued efforts and commitment of our employees who have helped the company achieve this honor 12 years in a row,” said Don Watson, vice president, global workplace & enterprise services, Merck. “Even with the success of achieving our energy goals, we continue to look for opportunities to be an industry leader with our sustainability programs.”

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

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

For more information about Merck's ongoing environmental and energy conservation efforts, please visit www.merckresponsibility.com.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

About Merck

For over a century, Merck has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statement of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA

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Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to, general industry conditions and competition; general economic factors, including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and health care legislation in the United States and internationally; global trends toward health care cost containment; technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approval; the company’s ability to accurately predict future market conditions; manufacturing difficulties or delays; financial instability of international economies and sovereign risk; dependence on the effectiveness of the company’s patents and other protections for innovative products; and the exposure to litigation, including patent litigation, and/or regulatory actions.

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