First North American Sustainability Standard Announced for Household Refrigerators
Jun 8, 2012
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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment yesterday announced the release of the first voluntary sustainability standard for household refrigerators.

The standard is AHAM 7001-2012/CSA SPE-7001-12/UL 7001, Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances.

The standard is the first in a family of product sustainability standards under development by the three organizations. The standards are intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to identify environmentally preferable products.

The standard is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of refrigeration products in five key areas:
* energy
* materials
* end-of-life
* performance
* manufacturing

This standard will serve as an objective and practical measurement tool to assist refrigeration producers when it comes to evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances.

The organizations will now form consensus committees to move the standard through the U.S. accredited standards process, following the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and through the Canadian standards process, following the requirements of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

"The AHAM-CSA-UL collaboration represents vast experience in appliance design, manufacture and use, standards development and product lifecycle analysis. Coupled with the critical stakeholder input, we believe this standard and others that will follow represent a strong commitment to sustainability and provide workable tools for appliance purchasers to compare the environmental attributes of appliances," explained Joseph M. McGuire, president of AHAM.

"The notion of product safety as we know it is evolving and expanding. Increasingly, consumers are concerned about the lifecycle-based environmental impacts of the products they buy and use in their homes. Appliances are no exception," said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment.

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