AHAM Collaborates On Household Portable, Floor Care Appliance Sustainability Standards

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, CSA Group, and UL Environment today announced the release of AHAM 7002-2014/CSA SPE-7002-14/UL 7002, Sustainability Standard for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard to cover those appliances. The newest is the third in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL.

Manufacturers, governments, retailers and others can use the standards to identify environmentally responsible products, the associations asserted in a statement. The standard is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of household portable and floor care appliances in six key areas: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy consumption during use, end-of-life, consumables and innovation.

The organizations noted that they expect to publish sustainability standards for dishwashers, conventional cooking products, microwave ovens and clothes dryers in 2014 and 2015.

In creating the development process, the organizations engaged a cross-section of stakeholders, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, The Sustainability Consortium, Consumer’s Union, environmental groups such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, and retailers such as Sears, Best Buy, and Lowe’s to help ensure that the household portable and floor care appliance standard is credible and compatible with existing government and retailer initiatives.

“AHAM is very pleased that its collaboration with CSA Group and UL has resulted in another sound tool for measuring the sustainability of a portable or floor care appliance.  This work represents the home appliance industry’s strong commitment to sustainability.  Our work will continue on new standards for other products,” said Joseph McGuire, president of AHAM, in announcing the standard release.