AHAM Releases First Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) released the Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances. The voluntary AHAM 7001-2012/CSA SPE-7001-12/UL 7001 is the first in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL Environment intended for use by manufacturers and others to identify environmentally preferable products. According to AHAM, the standard will serve as an objective and practical measurement tool to assist refrigeration manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances.
“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, a business unit of UL, in a statement.
AHAM 7001-2012 is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of refrigeration products in five key areas: manufacturing, energy, materials, end-of-life and performance. AHAM, CSA Group and UL Environment will form consensus committees to move the standard through the U.S. and Canadian accredited standards process, following the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
For more information, visit www.aham.org.