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issue: December 2007 APPLIANCE Magazine

2007 Year in Review
Appliance Standards and the Environment in 2007


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by Diane Ritchey, News Editor

The appliance industry is bringing energy efficiency and environmental issues to the forefront, along with the rest of the world. Here are some of the notable items that took place in standards and energy efficiency in 2007:

  • Electrolux received the Sustainable Energy Award in the corporate-commitment category from the European Commission (EC), which recognized its efforts to reduce energy consumption of products, factories, and services. The award is part of the EC’s Sustainable Energy Europe 2005–2008 initiative, which aims to increase public awareness for renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transport, and alternative fuels.

  • The Standardization Administration of China issued the national standard for ultra-low-temperature refrigerators drafted by Haier Group.

  • Liebherr North America said that all its appliances for North America will be RoHS-compliant as of June 2007. Liebherr NA, part of Germany’s Liebherr Group, said it will be the first refrigeration manufacturer to be RoHS-compliant worldwide. “Liebherr has found better, greener ways to produce quality products using materials that are less damaging and have less impact on our ecosystems,” said Marc Perez, vice president, Liebherr North America. 

  • Lowe’s received an Excellence in Energy Star Promotion by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) for its contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by marketing and promoting energy-efficient products and solutions.

  • Bosch Home Appliances was awarded a 2007 Excellence in Energy Star Promotion Award by the EPA and DOE, the only appliance producer to have Energy Star qualification on all its product models in every major appliance category that the program rates.

  • Toro Co. will partner with the U.S. state of New York to provide next-generation turf maintenance equipment powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The project supports the state’s executive order to adopt “Green and Clean” state buildings and vehicles.

  • NSF International developed a new protocol for testing and certifying residential clothes washers to ensure that they effectively sanitize laundry. Whirlpool Corp. is the first appliance OEM to certify select clothes washer models to the protocol. NSF Protocol P172—Sanitization Performance of Residential and Commercial, Family-Sized Clothes Washers (NSF P172) is said to be the first U.S. protocol to test and certify residential clothes washers with sanitizing cycles. The protocol combines provisions from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the EPA, and the DOE under one protocol.

  • A performance evaluation procedure for clothes washers that was developed by AHAM has gained approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard. The ANSI-approved standard will be known as the ANSI/AHAM HLW-1-2007, Performance Evaluation Procedure for Household Clothes Washers. AHAM is an accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO) through ANSI.

  • Best Buy Company, Inc., unveiled a consumer electronics recycling grant program to help increase the recycling opportunities available in communities across the country. The company says that the program is part of its commitment to help consumers make safe, responsible decisions when disposing of old and unwanted consumer electronics.

  • CECED, the European household appliance manufacturers’ industry association, called for legislative measures to ensure future energy-performance standards as an alternative to continued updating of voluntary agreements that the industry introduced a decade ago. The strategy change was announced after a meeting of the CECED steering committee in Brussels.

  • U.S. home appliance manufacturers, through AHAM, teamed with energy and water advocacy groups to lobby the U.S. Congress to pass an energy bill which will include the strictest federal energy-efficiency standards to date for several major appliance products. AHAM is also pushing for a national water limit requirement for residential dishwashers and clothes washers. 

  • Royal Philips Electronics launched a Web site, www.asimpleswitch.com, to provide information to consumers on the simple actions that they can take to help reduce energy consumption without compromising on quality of life. Earlier, Philips Consumer Electronics introduced a green logo for its environmentally friendly and safe consumer product range.

  • The UK-based Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) launched its Time to Change campaign and Web site (www.t2c.co.uk) meant to encourage the UK public to replace some 15.4 million outdated home appliances with high-efficiency models.

 

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