AHAM to Develop Home Appliance Sustainability Standards with CSA and UL
Aug 10, 2010
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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has partnered with two standards organizations, CSA Standards and UL Environment, to jointly develop voluntary sustainability standards for home appliances. The new standards will take a life cycle approach and are intended for use by governments, retailers, and other initiatives to identify environmentally responsible products.

This effort is intended to provide an objective and practical measurement tool to assist the public in evaluating the sustainability of home appliances.

“Manufacturers are committed to providing this solution to their customers,” explained Joseph M. McGuire, president of AHAM. “This partnership provides the necessary expertise to produce credible sustainability standards for home appliances."

McGuire noted that a major factor in appliance sustainability is energy consumption. "We will build on our expertise in the energy area but will also employ a life cycle approach to identify and measure other significant environmental aspects of appliances," he explained. "UL and CSA Standards, leading North American standards development organizations for appliances, have the credibility and expertise for this initiative.”

"This cooperative process will help advance the scientific foundation for evaluating the sustainability performance of consumer products across their life cycle and help consumers make informed purchasing decisions,” said Bonnie Rose, president, CSA Standards.

Sustainability consulting firm Five Winds International was selected as a project manager for the AHAM project.

The group will engage a cross-section of stakeholders to ensure that the standard is both credible and compatible with existing government and retailer initiatives. “Our ultimate aim is to develop a metric that will instill consumer confidence,” said McGuire.

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