AHAM Notes Sustainability Standards for Refrigerators

The sustainability standards for refrigerators announced by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) are the result of cooperative work by UL Environment, CSA Group and the AHAM task force, which includes industry experts from Whirlpool Corp. and other manufacturers.

The new standard encompasses a very broad view of an appliance's environmental impact — taking into account not only the energy a refrigerator consumes while in use, but also examining the environmental impact of the product manufacturing process, materials used and how recyclable the product is. This new standard moves the industry beyond its historical leadership in energy efficiency alone.