The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group and UL Environment have released AHAM 7002-2014/CSA SPE-7002-14/UL 7002, Sustainability Standard for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for such appliances.
This new standard is the third in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group and UL. These standards are intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers and others to identify environmentally responsible products.
The standard is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of household portable and floor care appliances in six key areas: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy consumption during use, end-of-life, consumables and innovation.
This standard serves as a measurement tool to assist portable and floor care appliance manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of their products. Other sustainability standards are under development and are expected to be published in 2014 and 2015, the organizations say. This includes standards for dishwashers, conventional cooking products, microwave ovens and clothes dryers.
Throughout the standards development process, a cross-section of stakeholders, including the EPA, Environment Canada, The Sustainability Consortium, Consumer’s Union, environmental groups such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and retailers such as Sears, Best Buy and Lowe’s were engaged to help ensure that the standard is credible and compatible with existing government and retailer initiatives. PE International and Five Winds Strategic Consulting also assisted with the project.
In other sustainability standard news, last week ASTM International proposed a standard that aims to help industry adopt more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices by informing manufacturers how they can incorporate sustainability into their daily operations.