In Iowa, Whirlpool Corporation is making a positive impact in improving the state’s air quality. That was the declaration from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad during a special award luncheon on July 15 in the state capital of Des Moines.
Governor Branstad handed out the Environmental Excellence Award in Air Quality to Whirlpool Corporation for its implementation of Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), which first began at the plant in Amana, Iowa. The foam is a significant improvement in environmentally conscious and energy efficient insulation used in U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers. The awards were sponsored by Branstad in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s natural resources.
Amana’s Employee Health and Safety Manager Tom Day attended the ceremony for Whirlpool Corporation and received the award from Governor Branstad. The governor emphasized that Whirlpool and winners in the other environmental categories are leaders with comprehensive environmental ethics and commitments.
The global warming potential of Solstice is 99.9 percent lower than the most commonly used foam blowing agent in the U.S. industry, resulting in a more environmentally-friendly household refrigerator. In January, Whirlpool Corporation began voluntarily phasing out its use of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) in its U.S. refrigerators and freezers. Amana began utilizing the new co-developed foam that provides more energy efficiency than commonly used hydrocarbons and the lowest global warming potential in its class.