Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Whirlpool Corporation is the industry leader in energy and water efficiency and the only appliance manufacturer that brings an "across the board" focus to energy and water conservation, from design to manufacturing and distribution to the end of the product lifecycle.
Whirlpool has focused on sustainability for a long time, beginning in 1970 with the creation of a corporate office for environmental control. At the ninth meeting of the Conference of Parties of the Kyoto Protocol in 2003, Whirlpool became the first appliance manufacturer to announce a global greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target, with a goal of reducing our emissions by 3 percent from 1998 levels by 2008, while at the same time increasing production by 40 percent. We assumed responsibility not only for direct emissions, but also for the much larger emissions associated with the use of our products.
From the time Whirlpool established our target through the end of 2006, we reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 4.1 million metric tons, keeping us on track to meet our GHG reduction target. The positive output of that reduction is equivalent to approximately 1.37 million acres of trees.
In 2007, Whirlpool took several other steps in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
- Announced we would significantly increase our commitment to environmentally-sound business practices by reducing total greenhouse gas emissions 6.6 percent by 2012, despite having grown our manufacturing substantially both organically and with the 2006 acquisition of Maytag Corporation. The positive output of this reduction is equivalent to approximately nearly 7,000 square miles (or more than 11 square kilometers) of trees, an area larger than the size of the U.S. states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Whirlpool will achieve this goal by continuing to introduce more energy efficient models in our product lines and by implementing all practical improvements in our manufacturing operations, improving our freight operations and continuing to reduce the use of ozone-depleting chemicals in refrigerators.
- Joined select companies on the Respect Table — a forum for corporate leaders to address common challenges and find common solutions for a more sustainable world. Together with two European non-profit organizations, the Respect Table is organizing a project to promote a new international agreement on Climate Change in 2009, to replace the Kyoto protocol, which ends in 2012.
- Announced a partnership with SmartWay Transport®, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. By improving our freight operations, Whirlpool will contribute to the SmartWay goal of reducing carbon dioxide by 33 to 66 million metric tons and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog.
The largest impact our products have on the environment comes as a result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated during the use phase in consumers’ homes. These emissions are created through the production of electricity, natural gas and other resources that appliances use to operate. Whirlpool improving the energy-efficiency of our products by just 1 percent is the equivalent of an approximate 150 percent improvement in our manufacturing facility-related emissions.
GHG Emissions In the manufacturing process (scopes 1 and 2) vs. appliance use (scope 3)
In 2008, Whirlpool saw a nearly 11 percent reduction in GHG emissions from our products over 2007.
GHG Emissions / Major Appliance* In the manufacturing process (scopes 1 and 2) vs. appliance use (scope 3)
We are continually exploring ways to reduce emissions from the amount of energy appliances consume over their lifetimes. To learn more, visit Appliance Efficiency Projects and Global Resource Efficiency.
In 2008 and 2009, Whirlpool submitted detailed information about our greenhouse gas emissions and climate change commitment to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Copies of our submissions are available at http://www.cdproject.net/
*GHG Emissions/Major Appliance is GHG emissions from the manufacturing process plus product energy consumption 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. The calculation of product energy consumption is based on the number of units sold by country (or region) multiplied by the average lifespan of the product, and then multiplied by the annual energy consumption. Product energy consumption is multiplied by an energy conversion factor for each country (or region) where we sell product.