In 2008, Whirlpool Corporation’s manufacturing facilities worldwide consumed nearly 8.7 million Gigajoules of energy. Between 2004 and 2008, energy usage (which includes electricity, propane, natural gas and diesel fuel) increased slightly due to the addition of four manufacturing facilities as a result of the 2006 acquisition of Maytag Corporation and overall increased production.
Energy Consumption In the manufacturing process
Between 2004 and 2008, the amount of energy used to produce major appliances remained consistent. In 2005, we saw a slight increase in energy consumption per major appliance, which was the result of our efforts to get new facilities ready for production.
Energy Consumption / Major Appliance * In the manufacturing process
We are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy spent in producing our appliances. Following are just a few examples of our efforts:
Our microwave manufacturing facility in Norrköping, Sweden, is upgrading its ventilation system to a more cost effective system. This upgrade will reduce the facility’s energy consumption by approximately 20 percent and provide a more comfortable working environment for employees.
Our freezer manufacturing facility in Siena, Italy, has reduced its energy consumption by 80 percent by installing an evaporation cooling system into one of its key packaging buildings.
Our washing machine manufacturing facility in Naples, Italy, is replacing its lighting system, which is expected to reduce its energy consumption by 60 percent.
Our cooking and refrigeration manufacturing facility in Cassinetta, Italy, installed a cogeneration system that employs natural gas to produce electricity for the manufacturing process and uses steam to heat the facility.
*Energy Consumption/Major Appliance is based on the amount of energy used to produce appliances divided by the number of major appliances manufactured by Whirlpool Corporation.The unit of production factor does not include any minor appliances or components produced by Whirlpool, or any licensed appliances not produced by Whirlpool Corporation.