Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - March 7, 2022
Whirlpool Achieves Progress on 2030 Goals
Whirlpool Corporation announced a 27% GHG reduction of GHG emissions globally for all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions compared to a 2016 baseline, accelerating the company's progress to meet its net zero target by 2030.
The company issued an update on the progress made towards achieving net zero targets that were first announced in May of 2021 and is accelerating its commitment to sustainable operations through investments in renewable energy, manufacturing plant retrofits, and on-going energy, water and waste reduction projects.
."Our vision at Whirlpool is to improve life at home. We know fulfilling that vision requires us to think not just in terms of the four walls around us and the communities in which we live, but of the planet that sustains us," said Marc Bitzer, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp. in a statement. "Over the course of our history we have consistently developed products and technologies that deliver on this vision."
In 2021, Whirlpool Corp.:
- Achieved 14% Scope 3 Category 11 emissions reduction, in line with its target reduction of 20% by 2030, compared to 2016 levels.
- Issued its first Sustainability Bond, with the proceeds allocated to drive positive environmental and social impacts.
- Continued to develop innovative technologies and products that reduce its environmental impact.
Whirlpool Corp.'s approach to fostering long-term, sustainably-resilient operations starts with design and technology to improve energy and water efficiency, as well as recyclability. The company made improvements in its manufacturing process that have been rolled out in plants and operations across the manufacturing process and supply chain.
The company is a large onsite wind energy consumer and targets a nearly one-third reduction in its global carbon footprint in its operations by expanding on-site renewables, more Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) and green energy procurement.
Whirlpool is on track to achieve its Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWtL) goal for all manufacturing sites by the end of the year. Currently, 90% of its sites have achieved Gold or Platinum ratings using the UL ECVP 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill standard. Over the past five years, it has also achieved a 34% reduction in water consumption in its operations globally.
The company has also recently joined the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Climate Challenge, targeting a reduction of GHG emissions by 50% within 10 years.
Since 2005, Whirlpool has reduced its product emissions by 60%.
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