Whirlpool Pursues Regional Sustainable Initiatives for Global Impact
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Regional sustainable development emphasizes the mitigation of regional disparities across the globe, and seeks to address local economic, social and ecological concerns to build a more equitable world. Multinational companies have a responsibility to focus on ESG efforts in all the communities they represent worldwide.
Whirlpool Corporation has now released its 2016 Sustainability Report, which presents a broader view of its global sustainability achievements in 2016, while showcasing positive impacts on its people and in its communities. The report also highlights Whirlpool’s emphasis on more regional initiatives that the company aims to continue to improve and enhance through its robust reporting process and tools.
Whirlpool India completed a 1 MW solar array installation at its Pune plant, which offsets the plant’s electricity needs by more than 15 percent. One megawatt is equivalent to the average yearly electricity consumption of 9,733 homes in India.
The company was awarded first place in the refrigeration category for the 2016 National Energy Conservation Award, in recognition of overall energy conservation initiatives at its plants in India. Highlighting the company’s waste-management process and its Health & Safety programs, 8,500 square meters of old asbestos roof was removed in its Faridabad facility, moving the company towards its goal of asbestos-free plants.
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Whirlpool implemented multiple energy-efficient activities to save electricity, water and heat across several facilities. The company’s refrigeration factory in Varese, Italy revamped its lighting system, replacing 650 lamps with 400 LED lamps, bringing about 64 percent savings in energy consumption.
At its refrigerator manufacturing plant in Isithebe, South Africa, the company switched from blowing agent 141b to cyclopentane, a blowing agent with zero ozone depletion potential, in order to be aligned with the Montreal Protocol.
Owing to new LED lighting systems and improved compressed air production systems used on the assembly line, the company’s plant in Wrocław, Poland saw savings of about 541 tons of oil equivalent (TOE).
The company opened a new plant this year in Colombia in a joint venture with a local partner. The plant’s operations are certified to international standards for quality, environment, health, and safety management. It includes buildings with infrastructure that profit from local weather conditions, allowing processes to have natural lighting and ventilation all day long.
In its operations in Brazil, Whirlpool continues to focus efforts on improving efficiency in water and energy consumption and waste management of its operations. In the last two years, the company reduced more than 20 percent in water consumption as a result of initiatives such as rainwater storage, effluents reuse and facility improvements.
Whirlpool’s plant in the city of Foshan in the province of Guangdong presented a significant contribution to the company’s key performance indicator improvements in 2016. Electricity efficiency improved 6.9%, natural gas consumption efficiency improved 9.4%, water efficiency improved 2.8% and hazardous waste generation per unit decreased 11.1% per unit.
For the second consecutive year, Whirlpool North America’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) team has been honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the EPA. The SmartWay Excellence Award is reserved for industry leaders in supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Each year, the SmartWay Excellence Award program recognizes just 1% of the top 3,000 supply-chain partners of the EPA.
Source: 3BL Media