对于这次奖项为什么选择节能空调，EPA重点表扬了其在节能方面的显著成效，达到了改善空调自身和其控制系统的目地。在合作计划中，MHI（三菱重工） 开发了一个新的压缩机和其它设备以及正在开发的测试系统。MMC（三菱电机）， 对于这一部分负责将空调安装在三菱Outlander on-road SUV模块上，以及通过对车体的改进推进系统操作功效， 以达到控制系统和实现有效测试应用。
MMC在整治方面已采用了所有方法，如环境和能源多样化。公司积极参于在技术开发中，包括下一代电子工具——-iMiEV，下一代清洁柴油发动机，以及灵活燃料汽车，用于汽油和乙醇的混合燃料。去年，该公司也推出了"Pajero Forest & Local Mountain Restoration Initiative"，适合在日本的森林地带保存和耕作。
[COLOR=#708090]"Power-saving Automotive Air Conditioner" jointly developed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wins U.S. EPA award
Tokyo, May 25, 2007 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announces that it has won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency （EPA） 2007 Climate Protection Award in recognition of its contribution to protection of the global climate for the Power-saving Automotive Air Conditioning Unit that it has developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
In its selection of the Power-saving Air Conditioner for the award, the EPA cited the significant reductions in power consumption it achieves as a result of improvements to the air conditioner itself and to its control system. In the joint project, MHI developed a new compressor and other components and undertook developmental testing of the system. MMC, for its part, fitted the air conditioner to a Mitsubishi Outlander on-road SUV model and boosted the operational efficiency of the system by making improvements to the vehicle body and to the control system and was also responsible for practical utility testing.
The Power-saving Automotive Air Conditioner developed by MMC and MHI clears the 30% improvement target in air conditioner system efficiency called for under the Improved Mobile Air Conditioning （I-MAC） research program launched by the Society of Automobile Engineers （SAE） and the EPA in 2004.
The EPA awards are made to individuals, bodies, corporations and governmental organizations in recognition of exceptional technological achievements in the field of climate protection. The award system was introduced in 1998 following the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Nominations are reviewed by an international panel of judges comprised of past award winners from government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. EPA makes the final award selections.
MMC will introduce an Outlander model fitted with the Power-saving Air Conditioner onto the North American market in the fall this year.
MMC has adopted an all-embracing approach in addressing such issues as the environment and the diversification of energy sources. The company is actively engaged in the development of a wide range of technologies including the iMiEV next-generation electric vehicle, a next-generation clean diesel engine, and a flexible fuel vehicle （FFV） capable of running on various blends of gasoline and ethanol. Last year the company also launched the "Pajero Forest & Local Mountain Restoration Initiative" that aims to conserve and cultivate Japan’s forests and woodlands.[/COLOR]