The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment have jointly announced the release of AHAM 7004-2015/CSA SPE-7004-15/UL 7004-15, Sustainability Standard for household cooking appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for household cooking products.
The cooking products covered in the standard include convection, non-convection and steam products such as ranges, built-in cook tops and ovens. This new standard is the fourth in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL Environment intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to identify environmentally preferable products. The standard is based on a life cycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of household cooking appliances in five key areas: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy consumption during use, end-of-life, and innovation. This sustainability standard will serve as an objective and practical measurement tool to assist cooking appliance manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances. Other major appliance standards are under development and are expected to be published later in 2015.
“The household cooking [sustainability standard] continues our commitment to provide consumers and retailers with credible measures for comparing home appliance sustainability attributes,” explained Joseph M. McGuire, AHAM president.
“The new standard for household cooking appliances is part of a series of standards to help identify environmentally friendly products and is part of CSA Group’s commitment to contribute to a more sustainable world,” said Gianluca Arcari, CSA Group vice president and executive director of standards. “The four product sustainability standards are part of a forward-thinking life cycle approach. It helps identify environmentally preferable products based on the materials used to manufacture the product right through to the disposal at the end-of-life, helping give a big picture of the overall environmental impact.”
“Evaluating cooking appliances for life cycle impacts is the logical next step for manufacturers to take to ensure that they meet the sustainability needs of consumers,” said Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager of UL Environment. “Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products they choose to purchase. The kitchen is the core of a home – usually the first room upgraded during a home renovation and where we spend much of our time.”