Whirlpool Corporation recently released its 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s progress in the 2018 operational year. Among the milestones mentioned, the company announced it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7% from 2017 to 2018 in Whirlpool plants. The company also announced a reduction in water consumption of nearly 10% from 2017 to 2018 in the company’s manufacturing facilities.
Other achievements regarding sustainability include:
- Zero Waste to Landfill: Whirlpool’s operations are attempting to achieve zero waste to landfill across its enterprise, with eight manufacturing facilities in multiple regions already achieving zero-waste status. According to the company, 2,128 tons of waste were diverted from landfills in 2018.
- Global Emissions Management System: To improve transparency about product emissions, Whirlpool has developed a new global emissions management system. The system determines a global footprint for the company’s products, unifying over 12 systems into one global reporting capability. This system will track data from a baseline year of 2016, greatly improving the ability to act strategically to lower the footprint of the company’s product portfolio. The significantly improved system will lead to the potential for improved science-based goal setting in 2019.
- Resource Efficiency: Whirlpool’s emphasis on resource efficiency has led the company to develop design-for-environment tools to deliver more sustainable products that use more recycled content. These capabilities will help fulfill the commitment to use 100% recycled content on major plastic components in Whirlpool-made European products by 2025, as well as to use a majority of recycled-content steel.
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