Environmental Sustainability

Improving life at home, sustainably.

Our Environmental Strategy

Our environmental sustainability approach drives at the heart of addressing the major challenges our planet and our consumers face. As our former CEO Elisha Gray II said in 1969, “We cannot separate our business from the communities in which we operate, and hope to grow and prosper.” With climate change expected to impact many aspects of our lives for years to come, we take our responsibility seriously. 

Enabling

net-zero

sustainable living

Designing for the Environment

Designing for the Environment

ZERO

impact operations

Climate Change

Fully understanding the impact of climate on our enterprise

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Investing

in the circular economy

Designing for the Environment

We work hard to address plastic waste and eliminate hazardous materials in our products and packaging by creating demand for recycled materials, developing new alternatives and creating value from our products throughout and at the end of their useful life. We have set voluntary commitments, with internal targets on recycled content, sustainable packaging, and phaseouts of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

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.

Lowering CO2Our first VPPA is expected to cover 50% of our Scope 2 emissions in the U.S. and help reduce our overall operations’ carbon footprint by nearly 15%.

By designing for efficiency, we strive to help consumers decrease their energy and water use, while saving them time and effort. We innovate for homes and people with real needs.

Roberto Campos

Senior Vice President, Global Product Organization

Our Scorecard

We made significant gains in 2020 across several of our goal categories, including reducing our emissions and waste to landfill.

GHG Emissions in Plants 2020
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SCOPES 1 & 2 emissions reduction in the last four years

Zero Waste

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sites achieved Zero Waste to Landfill Gold or Platinum status in 2020

GHG Emissions in products
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SCOPE 3, Category 11 emissions reduction in the last four years

2020 Renewable Energy:

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ReNEWW House

The ReNEWW House (Retrofit Net-Zero Energy Water Waste) is a 1920s three-bedroom home on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the United States. The home was extensively retrofitted and refurbished to be as energy and water efficient as possible. Whirlpool Corporation operates it as a live-in research lab and sustainable living showcase. During the school year, Whirlpool Corporation engineers obtaining their Master’s degrees at Purdue University reside in the house and perform research on innovative projects related to sustainability.

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