Improving life at home, sustainably.
Fulfilling our vision to be the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home requires us to think of our house and home not just in terms of the four walls around us and the communities in which we live, but of the planet that sustains us.
This has been the Whirlpool way for 110 years. As our former CEO Elisha Gray II, said in 1969 when he opened our first office of sustainability: “We cannot separate our business from the communities in which we operate, and hope to grow and prosper.”
We are taking a long-term view and making the changes we need in our operations and supply chain for our production to be more sustainable—without shortcuts or excuses.
As part of this journey, we made a global commitment to reach net zero emissions in our plants and operations by 2030, building on our 60% reduction in emissions across all scopes since 2005. This commitment will cover more than 30 of our manufacturing sites and large distribution centers around the world, spanning all our direct (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) emissions.
In addition, we are continuing to progress towards our SBTi approved 20% reduction target in emissions linked to the use of our products across the globe (Scope 3 Category 11) by 2030, compared to 2016 levels.
We’ll achieve these commitments through ongoing investments in energy efficiency improvements and renewables, and by tackling waste in all it forms—because we know there’s No Place For Waste on the planet we call our home.
Whirlpool Corporation’s 2020 Interactive Sustainability Report
We are proud to be a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, and named to 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 14th time.
By designing for efficiency, we strive to help consumers decrease their energy and water use, while saving them time and effort. We innovate for homes and people with real needs.
SCOPE 1 & 2
We have been carrying out improvements to increase energy efficiency in our plants and processes for some time—including the installation of LEDs and Energy Management Systems. We’re proud to have achieved record low levels of energy and water usage per appliance built as a result of this work. We’re now working to accelerate these efforts to ensure we can meet our 2030 target.
We are also working towards 100% renewable energy usage through a combination of wind turbine and solar panel installations at our facilities, and Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) and PPAs. These agreements will allow us to procure more renewable energy for the grid by partnering with energy companies to fund wind and solar farms, helping us in our efforts to source more renewable energy while generating more green energy for homes across the world. We broke ground on our first VPPA financed project in Texas in January 2021. This will cover 50 percent of our Scope 2 emissions in the U.S. and help reduce our overall operations’ carbon footprint by nearly 15 percent.
As an appliance manufacturer, we know a large proportion of Scope 3 emissions are linked to our products in use. Since 2005, we have reduced the carbon footprint of our products in use by over 60% and have targets to reduce it by an additional 20% from 2016 levels by 2030.
Helping Our Consumers Live Sustainably
To help our consumers use their appliances more sustainably, we have a dedicated website, improvinglifeathome.com, that brings the best of our brands’ content to help families improve life at home, sustainably. It’s packed with tips to make the kitchen more sustainable, fun ways to get the family involved, ideas to help make environmentally-friendly choices, and seasonal tips and inspiration.
At the same time, we recognize the significant impact food waste has on people and the planet. To help address and raise awareness of this important issue, we run a series of initiatives across the globe to promote sustainable food consumption, including our “Moments Not To Be Wasted” campaign, an EMEA-wide educational effort designed to help raise awareness of food waste.
We made significant gains in 2020 across several of our goal categories, including reducing our emissions and waste to landfill.
SCOPES 1 & 2 emissions reduction in the last four years
sites achieved Zero Waste to Landfill Gold or Platinum status in 2020
Our ReNEWW House
The ReNEWW House (Retrofit Net-Zero Energy Water Waste) is a 1920s three-bedroom home on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the United States. The home was extensively retrofitted and refurbished to be as energy and water efficient as possible. Whirlpool Corporation operates it as a live-in research lab and sustainable living showcase. During the school year, Whirlpool Corporation engineers obtaining their Master’s degrees at Purdue University reside in the house and perform research on innovative projects related to sustainability.