First Sustainability Standard for Household Cooking Appliances Published

March 17, 2015

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group and UL Environment have released 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 lifecycle 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.

“Evaluating cooking appliances for lifecycle 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.”