We know our ability to operate in the future depends on producing innovative products without leaving a negative footprint and helping to protect our employees and the communities in which we operate. This ideal of a resilient, sustainable operation drives our strategy to establish firm goals and targets with detailed transition plans to achieve them. We have set into place commitments on reaching Net Zero emissions, Zero Waste to Landfill, and reduced energy and water intensity, while protecting the health and safety of our employees.
A robust governance structure with our Board of Directors, Executive Committee and our ESG Councils monitors and tracks our performance and makes sure we are properly investing in those plans. These transition plans are detailed in this report, and they show how we can grow our top line and support our financial goals, while creating more resilient, efficient and safer operations. This year, we have seen record results in many of our normalized environmental KPIs again, showing not only absolute improvement, but also intensity improvements. Through our “We Care” commitment to protecting our employees, we have shown progress on reducing work-related incidents. With new data and reporting systems and capability, we recognized that a majority of incidents and injuries happen to employees in their first year on a job, so we are focusing on how to better support and train our teams to identify risky behaviors and potential WCM safety issues before they happen. WCM is a comprehensive methodology for improving productivity and quality and reducing losses in production systems through strong employee involvement.
It sets one of the highest global standards for manufacturing excellence. Plants are assessed by a third-party, according to the WCM criteria and, based on their results and level of commitment to the methodology, assigned a score that leads to an award that comprises four levels of classification: Bronze Level, Silver Level, Gold Level and World Class Level.
We are accelerating our World Class Manufacturing journey, showing improvement in our scores. In 2021, 28% of our manufacturing sites received higher Environmental Pillar scores, leading to more capacity and capability to drive faster implementation of key initiatives and bringing in new focus areas such as biodiversity, green procurement and green buildings, additional renewables, increased water targets and deep energy retrofits, which are all key to delivering to our committed goals.
Whirlpool Corporation’s goal is to become the benchmark for global manufacturing excellence, deliver best-in-class manufactured products at competitive cost and create a sustainable advantage for our company.
Achieved record GHG Emissions Scopes 1 & 2 Intensity and Water Intensity in 2021.
One example where we are deploying these initiatives is the new manufacturing plant in Argentina, which, in addition to creating more than 1,000 jobs, will use some of our key learnings to build a green factory. This will be achieved through implementing practices such as rainwater reuse, wastewater recycling, optimized energy efficiency, LED lighting, real time monitoring for energy and water consumption and biodiversity conservation. The factory is also planned to be ready to reach the WCM Silver level, by taking into account aspects such as accessibility, quality design integration, flexible expansion design and an agile production system.
We believe these initiatives will propel us forward to a sustainable, resilient and zero impact operation.
Normalized1 Environmental KPIs
|GHG Emissions Intensity Scopes 1 & 2 (metric tons of CO2eq/product)||0.0139||0.0122||0.0124||0.0115|
|GHG Emissions Intensity Scope 3 (metric tons of CO2eq/product||1.19||1.18||1.15||1.08|
|Energy Intensity (megajoules/product)||145.4||137.8||133.4||140.6|
|Water Intensity (m3/product)||0.0958||0.0854||0.0755||0.0707|
|Waste Intensity (kg/product)||6.55||6.53||5.85||6.68|
|Waste to Landfill Intensity (kg/product)||0.2436||0.2229||0.1894||0.2060|
1 Intensity ratios define environmental KPIs in the context of an organization-specific metric. In this case, the denominator is the production volume. Intensity ratios are often called normalized environmental impact data.
Zero Waste to Landfill
We set our goal to reach Zero Waste to Landfill at our manufacturing sites in 2012 and have continued to invest in plant efficiency and waste reduction. We work closely with waste vendors and recyclers that service our sites, giving us confidence that we will achieve our target by the end of 2022. In 2021, 28 sites achieved Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWtL) Gold or Platinum status, aligned with the UL ECVP 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill standard. The UL Standard sets levels of achievement: Silver, Gold and Platinum. The Silver Level requires at least 90% diversion from landfill without waste to energy (recycling, reusing, reducing, rejecting) and up to 94% with waste to energy included. The Gold Level requires sites to divert 90% of their waste from landfill without waste to energy, and between 95% and 99% diversion with the waste to energy included. The Platinum Level is reserved for sites that reach between 99% and 100% diversion from landfill. Whirlpool Corporation expects all manufacturing sites to reach the Gold or Platinum level by the end of 2022. In 2021, five sites evolved to Platinum, and nine sites are now self-declared Platinum level.