At Whirlpool Corporation, we are passionate about improving our consumers’ quality of life while minimizing our environmental impact. We develop sustainable innovations that benefit our consumers and our world at the same time.
We have been focused on sustainability since 1969, long before it became the norm, and we continue to integrate it into our everyday work. Our global sustainability team collaborates on projects and goals that deliver value to our stakeholders and the environment. In addition, our team drives continuous improvement throughout our operations, products and services. We’ve reduced our water and energy use, cut emissions and waste at our manufacturing facilities, and designed resource-efficient products — which we believe are the right things to do.
Our Operations & Facilities
We completed construction of a wind farm near our Findlay, Ohio, plant in January. The farm is providing more than 10 percent of the facility’s electricity needs. We also broke ground on wind farms near our Ottawa and Marion, Ohio, plants. Ottawa’s one turbine is expected to offset the plant’s electricity consumption by approximately 35 percent, while the three turbines in Marion are expected to provide nearly 20 percent of the facility’s electricity needs. Both projects are scheduled for completion in 2017.
The completion of these two additional projects has the potential to make Whirlpool Corporation one of the largest FORTUNE 500 consumers of on-site wind energy in the United States. Collectively, we will be generating enough clean energy to power more than 2,400 average American homes annually.
We implemented multiple energy-efficient activities to save electricity, water and heat across several facilities throughout the world. At our Pune, India, plant we completed a one megawatt solar array installation which offsets our electricity needs by more than 15 percent. Our Faridabad, India, plant increased its existing solar array from 100 to 250 kilowatts. In addition, high speed diesel was replaced with piped natural gas in the plant’s paint shop to improve air quality. In recognition of overall energy conservation initiatives at our plants, we were awarded first place in the refrigeration category for the 2016 National Energy Conservation Award, given by India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
Our Cassinetta di Biandronno plant in Italy revamped its lighting system, resulting in savings of 560 megawatt hours in 2016. Our Siena and Naples plants in Italy achieved best-in-class certifications from the International Organization for Standardization for their environmental and energy management systems. Thanks to new LED lighting systems, and improved assembly line compressed air production systems, the Polish Wroclaw factory received white certificates from the government recognizing reduced energy consumption. At our refrigerator manufacturing plant in Isithebe, South Africa, we switched to cyclopentane, a blowing agent with zero ozone depletion potential.
In North America, we require contracted carriers to be SmartWay® certified which helps them measure, benchmark and assess their freight transportation activities. We were honored for the second consecutive year with a SmartWay® Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in supply chain environmental performance and efficiency.