Zero Impact Operations
Our approved science-based targets represent our commitment to keep global warming below the 2 degree Celsius target prescribed by the Paris Climate Agreement and drive significant emissions reductions across Whirlpool Corporation’s supply chain. In 2020, we continued on our accelerated path to lower carbon emissions. While COVID-19 temporarily impacted production at some of our manufacturing facilities, we continue to be on a strong trajectory toward exceeding our goals. In order to accelerate our progress, we made a significant commitment and investment in renewable energy through our entry into a VPPA, a first for Whirlpool Corporation. The VPPA is expected to cover 50% of our Scope 2 electricity emissions from U.S. plants and help reduce our overall global carbon footprint in operations by nearly 15% starting in late 2021. We also made on-site solar installations with new capacity in India and procured utility renewable energy in Mexico. Looking forward, we will continue to invest in on-site renewables, utility-provided green energy, and other clean energy solutions in furtherance of our carbon reduction commitments.
We continue to make investments in both the efficiency and innovation of our products to improve lives at home and in our communities. In addition to driving efficiency in individual products, we will begin to drive efficiencies through more dynamic interactions with the grid through connected appliances. We are also investing in innovations that automate water levels, utilize cold water settings as default, and auto dose detergents to further lower our environmental impacts and save consumers time and money. These innovations and engagement with our consumers have the ability to drive significant gains in the emissions of our products in use to exceed our 2030 goals, while providing savings on consumer utility bills. Additionally, they will open new consumer loyalty and services growth opportunities. This is equivalent to saving over 2.5 million U.S. homes’ electrical usage in a year.
Additionally, we continue to expand our product portfolio to help first-time consumers and address economically disadvantaged populations with innovative products that replace manual, and oftentimes more carbon- and time-intensive, processes.