Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) assists its member with carbon management by providing a customized workshop

CSA Standards recently partnered with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to offer a customized workshop to assist its members in measuring and reporting their corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The workshop focused on the issues faced by manufacturing companies, especially those who supply to large retailers, as well as those with facilities affected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandatory GHG reporting rule that came into effect January 1, 2010. A portion of the workshop addressed the climate and energy section of Wal-Mart’s supplier questionnaire, which is the first phase of its worldwide Sustainable Product Index initiative.

Wayne Morris, Vice-President, Division Services, of AHAM said. “This was an excellent course covering a lot of ground. It was particularly helpful to AHAM member companies because the very complex standards on GHG calculations were pared down to just the elements necessary for appliance manufacturers. CSA instructors prepared a great course for our members, filled with valuable information, specific exercises geared to our industry and the knowledge and tools necessary for each company to measure their GHG emissions.”

Attendees were provided with an in-depth understanding of GHG principles, inventory preparation, calculation and reporting. Participants also worked through a manufacturing sector case study that helped them relate to the challenges of their industry.

“I recommend this course to any organization that is already actively engaged in or perhaps just starting to measure their GHG emissions”, said David Aupperlee, Manager, Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Bissell Homecare in Grand Rapids, MI. “The instructors were very knowledgeable and provided real-world answers to the questions posed by the participants. It was a good mix of theory and practical applications. The course reference materials will continue to be a valuable resource going forward”.

The first workshop was held in Nashville, TN in September, 2009. More workshops will be scheduled in the coming months. Attendance will be open to AHAM members and other trade associations whose members require training in the area of GHG measurement and reporting. This workshop can also be customized for a variety of industry sectors.

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