The home appliance industry is a leader in environmental excellence. Innovations over time have led to significant efficiency gains that have dramatically reduced the energy and water use of these products. Clothes washers now hold 20 percent more volume than they did in 2000 while using less water. The average amount of water used in a dishwashing cycle is down more than 41 percent since 2005. Many of today’s refrigerators use less than half of the energy of models sold 25 years ago.
In 2010, AHAM embarked on an initiative to create a series of sustainability standards covering all of its products, and has published standards for refrigerators, clothes washers, non-microwave cooking appliances and portable and floor care appliances. AHAM partnered with UL Environment, the CSA Group, and internationally recognized sustainability experts to develop the standards, which are based on a life-cycle analysis methodology. The goal of these standards is to provide manufacturers, consumers, retailers and other stakeholders with a technically-based methodology to assess the relative environmental impacts of home appliances.
A number of AHAM member companies publish reports on their own sustainability policies and programs.