Global Warming Survey of Appliance Manufacturers and Big Box Dealers
The Cash for Appliance Clunkers program has several goals including supporting manufacturers and dealers, jump-starting sales by separating you from your money, and increasing the installed base of efficient appliances to reduce Green House Gas Emissions and combat Global Warming.
We are aware of Whirlpool’s and GE’s positions and initiatives in Global Warming, but what of all the other industry players we wondered.
This survey hopes to find out if our industry’s main players agree that there is Global Warming, that it is primarily man caused and that reducing green house gasses is a goal.
NOTE: Keep in mind, this is not a survey of actual actions or products, only public statements and claims. Companies with high ratings talk the talk, but may not be walking the walk.
We weighed web sites, mission statements, corporate statements, presidential speeches while making direct contact when required.
The questions we asked:
A) Your company believes Global Warming is caused primarily by man’s actions?
B) Your company believes in aggressive action to reduce green house gas emissions?
ApplianceAdvisor.com used a 1 – 10 system to summarize each company’s position based on the information found and provided.
0 = strongly disagree or no evidence of an opinion 10 = strongly agree.
If any company feels we have erroneously characterized their position, let us know.
If anyone wishes to add one of the missed industry players send us some information on the player.
AHAM 10 5
ASKO 0 n/a
Broan 0 n/a
Bosch Siemens 10 10
Dacor 2 3
Electrolux 10 10
Fisher & Paykel 4 2
GE 10 10
Haier 0 n/a
LG 5 5
Miele 2 0
Samsung 10 10
Sharp 10 10
Sub-Zero 0 3
Viking 0 3
Whirlpool 10 10
Sears 0 0
Home Depot 0 3
Lowes 0 0
AHAM did respond to EPA’s proposed rules for Climate Change gas reporting, and the response did not seem like an entire copout.
alliance for responsible atmospheric policies (ARAP) which works with government for sound policies related to climate change. The group recognizes the science of climate change and the man made contributions to the build up of greenhouse gases. Our industry supports a similar approach by all countries. We believe climate change is an issue that should be addressed at the national and international levels.”
No mention of CO2, global warming / climate change on either domestic or international websites. The ASKO 2008 Environmental Report, which is not linked on the US site, also includes no information on CO2 or global warming.
“Private households are already the second largest consumer of energy worldwide and the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Household appliances are responsible for approximately half of domestic electricity consumption. And the trend is strongly upward as demand in the newly industrializing countries rises.”
"Our appliances on sale across Europe, in virtually every product category, are superior to the rest of the market in terms of their energy efficiency and their impact on the climate.”
“Better and more comprehensive consumer advice and information from manufacturers, the retail trade and politicians. "Energy-saving is not a short-lived fad, but a genuinely long-term megatrend", said Dr. Gutberlet. "We are on the threshold of a major economic shift – perhaps even of a ‘third industrial revolution’. We at BSH are determined to actively contribute towards making the necessary changes."
What we stand for: http://www.bsh-group.com/index.php?page=1077
“As the world’s third-largest home appliance manufacturer, BSH is well aware of the vital role it is able and indeed obliged to play in climate protection and responsible globalization. The advance of climate change is a compelling argument in favor of exploiting all the energy-saving potential at our disposal.”
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Surprise. Samsung did their homework and came to the party with a full buffet. Very impressive.
Response to ApplianceAdvisor.com query