Mercury Marine was presented a Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award this week, the second time in four years the company took those honours.

The Business Friend of the Environment Awards highlight the actions Wisconsin companies are taking in the areas of pollution prevention, innovative technology and environmental stewardship.

Mercury's continued focus on sustainability has earned them a Green Masters designation for seven consecutive years and in June, its Active Trim technology was honoured as the Sustainable Product of the Year Award in Wisconsin.

“We invest a lot of time and effort in our global sustainability efforts,” Scott Louks, Mercury Marine sustainability and facilities project management manager said in a company statement. “Our 2017 Sustainability report outlined our goals and our successes, and we are well on our way to meeting and exceeding the lofty goals we set out to achieve by 2019.”

Among the activities Mercury was recognised for is the installation of approximately 2,000 rooftop solar panels at its facility in Petit-Rechain, Belgium, which reduced annual electricity costs by more than 30%; a new systems to redirect and reuse water for multiple purposes, and to more efficiently cool and heat water for industrial applications; and improvements to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, resulting in a reduction of related energy consumption by more than 11 billion BTUs annually and improved indoor air quality.