Washing machines from LG Electronics have become the first in the world to be certified for the new Water Footprint Inventory being launched by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
LG is believed to be the first major appliance manufacturer to track water use through the entire lifecycle of a product.
LG's ultra-large-capacity WM8000HVA and WM8000HWA front-load washers underwent an extensive lifecycle water footprint inventory analysis, examining water use from component and packaging production, product assembly, product usage, and disposal.
UL Environment is conducting product verifications based on draft International Organization of Standardization (ISO) principles and guidelines for water footprinting of products, processes, and organizations (ISO 14046).
"Since water is a global resource, we are all affected by and responsible for how it is used and managed," said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. "UL Environment's water footprint inventory provides a tool for companies like LG to evaluate and address this important environmental metric for its products."
Based on ISO 14046 analysis, UL Environment certified that water consumption from the washer's pre-manufacturing stage represents about 37% of lifecycle water consumption, which will help LG identify processes and materials to reduce water consumption.
Consumer use accounts for about 53% of overall water consumption, underscoring the importance of continuing to develop products that use less water.
Chris Jung, president, Home Appliances, LG Electronics USA, said, "The UL Water Footprint Inventory is a key eco-design reference, and the results of the analysis show how important it is to track water over the life cycle of the product and not just the usage phase. LG is proud to be a pioneer in the water footprinting area and will use this data to improve the water-efficiency of our products."
The LG WM8000HVA/WM8000HWA washers also are the first to meet the "2013 Sustainability Standard for Household Clothes Washers" developed by UL Environment, CSA Group, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and other stakeholders. This sustainability standard identifies a product's environmental impacts in six key areas:
* manufacturing and operations
* energy and water consumption during use
* use of consumables
* end-of-life management
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