Whirlpool Corporation currently measures the amount of waste generated, water consumed and energy used by their manufacturing facilities in the production of appliances. They also track the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated from their manufacturing facilities and from the use of their products.
An internal cross-departmental Corporate Environmental Council is responsible for supporting the company's global efforts to comply with environmental policy requirements. The Council creates, updates and continuously improves the policy and the mechanisms and processes that enable compliance.
In 2007, Whirlpool Corporation’s manufacturing facilities worldwide produced 401,805 metric tonnes of waste. Of this, nearly 90 percent was recycled. Total waste produced by the company’s manufacturing operations increased in 2006 due to the acquisition of Maytag Corporation.
While Whirlpool agrees that certification against international standards is worthwhile, Whirlpool employs its own compliance audit process. This process is based on the Whirlpool Corporation EHS Global Standards that assess the same environmental risks as the ISO 14001, and the same health and safety criteria as the OHSAS 18001. The ISO is an international standards organization and the 14001 certification series addresses environmental management systems. OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification.
The Whirlpool audit process also uses auditors who are experts in the EHS field within the home appliance industry. The audit process focuses on EHS management systems, performance and compliance to the Whirlpool EHS Global Standards and local legal requirements. In addition to the Whirlpool audit process, a number of locations participate in independent audits in conjunction with ISO or OHSAS requirements. Approximately 25 percent of Whirlpool manufacturing facilities have achieved certification to ISO 14001 and/or OHSAS 18001.
Whirlpool received the 2009 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This special award is given to a select group of organizations that exhibit outstanding environmental leadership year after year, while sustaining product and marketing excellence. This unique honor represents Whirlpool's fourth consecutive Sustained Excellence Award and their tenth overall ENERGY STAR Award win.
The Environmental Impact Rating for this refrigerator is quantified primarily in terms of energy efficiency and related CO2 emissions; manufacturer's commitment to environmental stewardship, including waste generated or diverted during manufacture; and transportation impacts, with consideration for the geographical distance the refrigerator must travel from its manufacturing location to you, the end-user. The higher the Environmental Impact Rating, the lesser the environmental impact of the refrigerator.
The Consumption Rating for this refrigerator is quantified by using its average annual energy use, with consideration for efficiency performance relative to size. Energy consumption is measured in kilowatt-hours of electricity used under standard operating conditions. Size alone does not adequately account for energy performance, rather a combination of size and technology produces the most efficient product in this marketplace. The higher the Consumption Rating, the more energy-efficient the refrigerator.
The Lifecycle Cost Rating for this refrigerator is quantified using its average cost of ownership, including its purchase price and cost of operation over the course of its average lifespan of 13 years. The Lifecycle Cost Rating is a key economic indicator, more so than purchase price alone, as it reveals the refrigerator's real cost and return on investment potential. On average, refrigerators account for 18% of residential electricity use, making a refrigerator's energy performance and related energy costs over the course of its lifespan, a critical factor of consideration. The higher the Lifecycle Cost Rating, the more cost-effective the refrigerator.
The Price Rating for this refrigerator is based on the lowest price available to consumers at any given moment. Price fluctuations occur repeatedly over the course of any 24-hour cycle, therefore our Price Rating adjusts dynamically with market conditions to present an accurate and up-to-date rating for price comparison shopping. The higher the Price Rating, the lower the purchase price of the refrigerator.
ENERGY STAR refrigerators are superior because:
► All refrigerators featured on Eco-rate are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Top freezers are the most energy-efficient and repair-free of the configurations, followed by bottom-freezer models. Side-by-side refrigerator/freezers are often more convenient, but they're more likely to need repair and can use roughly 7 - 13% more energy than top-freezer models. Also note that automatic icemakers increase energy use by 14 - 20% and often increase the likelihood of repairman visits.
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To reduce carbon emissions associated with product transportation and to support your local economy, we encourage you to buy your refrigerator and/or freezer from a local manufacturer.
► When adequate information is available from the manufacturer, Eco-rate features where a refrigerator is made and how far it must to travel to get to you.
Recycle, sell or donate your refrigerator when it is no longer functional or efficient. The average refrigerator aged 10 years or older contains more than 120 pounds of recyclable steel. Almost all of the materials in your refrigerator or freezer can be recycled. This includes the metal cabinet, plastic liner, glass shelves, the refrigerant and oil in the compressor, and the blowing agent contained in polyurethane foam insulation.
Use Eco-rate’s product search tool to find a new refrigerator and then select the “Recycle” tab from the product page. You will then be able to use the Earth 911 search widget to find a local reuse or recycling location for your refrigerator or freezer. Click here to see an example.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Older refrigeration equipment made before 1995 contains chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in refrigerants and refrigerators made prior to 2005 are insulated with foam that contains either CFCs or HCFCs. If emitted, CFCs and HCFCs contribute to both ozone depletion and climate change. If your refrigerator predates 2005, ensure your recycler is an EPA Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program partner. This is a voluntary partnership program that began in October 2006 to help protect the ozone layer and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Click here for details.
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