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Sustainability

As part of AHAMís strategic vision for the future, in 2010, AHAM began the process of developing sustainability standards for select home appliances.  The appliance industry is a leader in environmental excellence and is committed to develop product-based sustainability measures that will provide manufacturers and their stakeholders including retailers, consumers and others with tools to assess the environmental attributes of appliances.  

The first standard, AHAM 7001-2012 Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances, was published in June 2012.  Additional standards covering Portable and Floor Care products and clothes washers will be published in early 2013.  Also in 2013, AHAM will publish standards on non-microwave kitchen cooking appliances, dishwashers and clothes dryers.
 
AHAM has developed its sustainability standards in partnership with CSA Group, UL Environment and Five Winds Consulting (part of PE International).  

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation that provides additional information on the standards and how they were developed.  You can also obtain copies of the individual sustainability standards at the AHAM Store.

If you have questions on sustainability standards development: contact Sriram Gopal, Policy Analyst.