In their ongoing drive for sustainability at every level, Whirlpool Corporation has garnered an important approval from the group Science Based Targets Initiative for the company’s emission reduction targets.
That approval highlights Whirlpool’s ongoing commitment and progress towards delivering on robust environmental goals, and also marks them as the first appliance manufacturer in North America to join the targeting group.
Whirlpool has announced today that its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets (Scopes 1 & 2) have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative — the leading independent assessor of emissions targets — and are consistent with reductions required to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The approval highlights the appliance maker’s ongoing commitment to delivering on its environmental goals and meeting or exceeding the levels required by the Paris Agreement.
Marc Bitzer, Whirlpool Chairman and CEO, says, “Our science-based emissions targets are an important part of our journey to deliver on our sustainability goals,” and adds, “Environmental sustainability is core to our culture, and as the world continues to work together to manage the challenges of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to protect our planet and take care of the communities where we live and work. We are in constant pursuit of doing more and are committed to meeting and exceeding the aggressive environmental goals we have set for ourselves.”
In 2019, Whirlpool achieved its lowest levels of absolute plant emissions (Scopes 1 & 2) in over a decade and is on track to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its plants by 50-percent in 2030 versus a 2016 baseline. Since 2016, Whirlpool has reduced its absolute plant emissions by 18-percent through significant investments in efficiency and renewable energy, which the company will continue in the coming years. In addition to its independent efforts, Whirlpool continues to collaborate with leading organizations to deliver emission reduction solutions, such as its use of Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) into its environmentally responsible and energy-efficient insulation used in U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers.
Ron Voglewede, Whirlpool Corporation’s Director of Global Sustainability, says, “Our success in sustainability is due in large part to the innovative ideas that are generated by our employees. As a company, we have made considerable progress on our sustainability efforts, but we know there is more to be done, and we continue to push ourselves internally to deliver on even more aggressive goals and build increased resiliency in our business.” He notes, “These emission reduction targets, along with our ongoing sustainability commitments, are leading us on a path to carbon neutrality.”
For more information about Whirlpool Corporation’s sustainability commitments, including its 2019 sustainability report, you can visit this link:
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.