The first voluntary U.S. sustainability standard for small appliances and floor care appliances has been released, intended to help portable and floor care appliance manufacturers evaluate the environmental sustainability of their products.
The standard— AHAM 7002-2014/CSA SPE-7002-14/UL 7002, Sustainability Standard for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances—was announced by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment.
This standard is the third in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL. The standards are intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to identify environmentally responsible products.
The standard is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of household portable and floor care appliances in six key areas:
• manufacturing and operations
• energy consumption during use
The standard is designed to be an objective, practical measurement tool to assist portable and floor care appliance manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of their products.
Other sustainability standards are under development and are expected to be published in 2014 and 2015.
This includes standards for:
• conventional cooking products
• microwave ovens
• clothes dryers
to Daily News