For nearly 100 years, Rheem has been a leader in heating, cooling and water heating innovation. And we continue to lead with our bold approach to improvements for our products and processes to dramatically cut our impact on the environment, while empowering both our customers and employees to work and live sustainably. It's all a part of our bold vision for the future and equally bold commitment:
We hire and inspire our teams to be next-generation thinkers and responsible stewards of our industry, the greater community and the environment.
Our 2025 goal: Rheem will train 250,000 plumbers and contractors on sustainable products or sustainable installation and recycling best practices.
Explore Our Sustainability Commitments
Big Thinking, Bigger Solutions
As a manufacturer profoundly dedicated to sustainability, we have a lot to say—and others have a lot to say about us. Click to read some articles by and about us.
A Sea Change Is Happening in the Global Water Heating Industry
Stacey Gearhart, Vice President of Global Product Management and Marketing | October 2022
With a sharp focus on reducing carbon emissions, manufacturers are changing the global water heating industry. Rheem—along with distributors, residential and commercial builders and consumers who want environmentally friendly products—is helping to lead the way.
“To coincide with our 100-year anniversary in 2025, we have challenged our teams around the world with a commitment to sustainability that’s equally momentous—we are designing for zero waste.”
Chris PeelRheem President & CEO
“It’s important for us to be a sustainable company because we are at the intersection and the impact zone of water and
energy reduction for customers’ hot water needs.”
Rich BendurePresident, Global Water
“A big part of innovation is creating products people want, and consumers are demanding sustainable products. So we’re focusing our attention on having a positive effect—both on the air you feel at home and the air you breathe outside.”
Mike BransonPresident, Global Air
“Sustainability is good for our business, our people and our environment. That’s why we are engaging globally across our entire ecosystem.”
Chee Wee GanSenior Vice President, Strategy and Sustainability
“Our GoodWorks initiative has allowed us to really infuse the passion for sustainability into Rheem’s DNA, and this starts with our people.”
Dipa HomerExecutive Vice President, Global Human Resources
“Sustainability is an end-to-end thing. Rheem has a responsibility to reduce energy consumption and waste during the manufacturing phase while offering consumers high-efficiency products that have a low impact on the planet.”
Chris DayVice President, Product Strategy & Engineering – Air Conditioning Division
“Rheem is now making sustainability a priority during the front-end innovation portion of our development process—that’s a game changer . Along with higher efficiency products, we are dedicating our time to finding recyclable solutions for packaging and parts, exploring greener transportation methods and minimizing waste during the manufacturing processes.”
“We’re dedicated to promoting a culture of strong sustainability. By being closely involved in regulatory decisions, we ensure the market has time to react and manufacturers have time to come up with sustainable solutions in a consistent fashion across the globe.”
Karen MeyersVice President, Government Affairs
“Sustainability matters to the success of Rheem as well as the success of the greater world. Our sustainability initiative touches every part of our business, whether it’s continuing to innovate best-in-class products and processes or supporting our customers and employees.”
Sara CorbettDirector, Brand Strategy and Sustainability
A Global Gathering
In December of 2021, Rheem held its inaugural Global Sustainability Summit, virtually hosting 250 employees from countries around the world to celebrate our progress, share ideas and collaborate on all things Sustainability.
Watch the video we shared to kick off the event.
The Rheem Family of Brands
When you see a badge from the Rheem family of brands on a piece of equipment, you know it stands for something. It represents our commitment to doing what’s right—for people, for the industry, for the planet.
Good by the Numbers
LED light conversion across our 20 global factories
Eemax® Tankless Electric Water Heaters installed in first net-zero school in Massachusetts
of air conditioning packaging materials eliminated each year
saved in 2020 through LED retrofits at facilities in US, Mexico and Australia
of our factories have achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status with one site
reaching a 100% diversion rate
saved by improvements in facilities located in Mexico
of water saved per year from improvements in our factories
of waste diverted from landfill by our Montgomery factory in 2020
Awards & Certifications click to learn more
2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Awarded By: US Environmental Protection Agency
Rheem has won the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in the Products category! Presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for corporate energy management programs. Even more impressive, this is the second consecutive year that Rheem has been honored by the ENERGY STAR® program.
Winners in the Product category, like Rheem, are companies distinguished for designing and manufacturing high-efficiency products.
Brand Awarded: Rheem® Manufacturing Awarded By: Green Builder Magazine
Rheem was named a 2022 Eco-Leader by Green Builder Magazine. This is the fifth year in a row that Rheem has earned the distinction. In 2022, Rheem was recognized for designing for the future, using waste as a resource, and prioritizing regenerative resources in our operations and product manufacturing.
2022 Sustainable Product of the Year / Decarbonization Dozen
Not only did the RP20 Heat Pump earn a place in Green Builder Magazine’s Sustainable Products of the Year (formerly the Hot 50 Products) for the Cooling and Heating category. Green Builder also gave the RP20 Heat Pump special recognition by naming it an Editors’ Choice as one of the inaugural Decarbonization Dozen. The magazine highlighted the unit’s efficiency, its sound-suppression features and the fact that the RP20 can help homeowners save more than $7,000 over its lifetime.
Sustainable Product of the Year selections represent today’s most innovative products that make buildings more resilient, intelligent, efficient, healthy and safe.
Green Builder Hot 50 Products Awards Editor’s Choice
Heating, Cooling and Water Heating
In 2021, Green Builder Magazine named the Rheem® ProTerra™ Hybrid Electric Water Heater its Editors Choice for the Heating, Cooling and Water Heating category. Green Builder noted that the ProTerra Hybrid Electric “offers four times the efficiency of standard electric water heaters, energy savings, build-in WiFi among its reasons for the Hybrid Electric earning the distinction.”
For the 2021 edition of its Sustainability Awards, Green Builder Magazine named the Rheem® ProTerra™ Hybrid Electric Water Heater the editor’s choice for the innovation of the year award. Out of all entries, the ProTerra Hybrid Electric was one of only 14 products to earn the distinction and one of only four products in the hot water category.
The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Its vision is guided by the legacy of Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team who successfully brought an unprecedented number of innovations to the market.
Rheem® Manufacturing was named a 2021 Eco Construction Leader by Green Builder Magazine. This is the fourth year in a row that Rheem has earned the distinction. For 2021, Green Builder pointed to Rheem’s commitment to train 250,000 plumbers, contractors and key influencers on sustainable products or sustainable installation and recycling best practices.
Green Builder Brand Index Best Score – Tankless, Solar Thermal Best Brand Index Score in Hot Water Systems Product Awarded:Rheem® Tankless Water Heaters Awarded By: Green Builder Media
Best Brand Index Score in Solar Thermal Product Awarded:Rheem® Manufacturing Awarded By: Green Builder Media
In 2020, Rheem® achieved the top spot in the Green Builder Media Brand Index among top hot water system brands. This year, Rheem has taken a substantial lead in the index, which measures how Green Builder Media readers rank water heating brands in terms of sustainability and favorability. Rheem also ranked first among solar thermal water heating brands.
2020 Green Builder Hot 50 Products Award Editor’s Choice
Heating, Cooling and Indoor Air Quality
In 2020, Green Builder Magazine named the Rheem® Classic Plus® Series R801T Ultra Low NOx Gas Furnace an Editors Choice for the Heating, Cooling and Indoor Air Quality category. Green Builder noted that the ULN was the “first residential gas-fired furnace certified by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for Rule 1111. SCAQMD created the California mandate to reduce NOx in natural gas-fired, fan-type central furnaces from 40 nanogram per joule to 14 nanogram per joule.”
This is the second year in a row Rheem has earned a spot in the Green Builder Hot 50. In 2019, the R98V gas furnace won an Editors’ Choice award.
The Vision Awards honor innovation and excellence in products contributing to the efficient, profitable operations and management of institutional and commercial buildings in the United States.
The Vision Awards recognize products, systems and technologies in 10 categories: Exteriors, FM Building Services/Tools, Grounds, HVAC, Interiors, Life Safety & Security, Lighting, Power, Plumbing and Smart Buildings Technology.
#1 Product for 2020 Product Awarded: Raypak® Xvers L Hydronic Boiler Awarded By: PM (Plumbing & Mechanical) Engineer Magazine
Each year, PM Engineer editors receive thousands of product releases from industry manufacturers. The 20 products highlighted that earned the distinction of being PM Engineer’s Top Products of 2020 were based on the number of pageviews on pmengineer.com.
GOLD – Excellence in Product Design – HVAC Commercial Equipment Product Awarded: Raypak® Xvers L Commercial Boiler Awarded By: The ACHR News Magazine
ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Judged by an independent panel of contractors, these awards are a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry.
2020 Middle East Magazine Manu Supplier of the Year – Standalone DX, EL3T/SAGN+EA14 series; VRF System, SAVR-C VRF; ProTerra Hybrid Electric Water Heater; Dominic DeSousa Award for Innovation Dominic De Sousa Award for Innovation for 2020 Product Awarded:Rheem® ProTerra™ Hybrid Electric Water Heater Awarded By: Climate Control Middle East Magazine
Manufacturer/Supplier of the Year (Standalone DX) for 2020 Product Awarded: EL3T/SAGN+EA14 Series Awarded By: Climate Control Middle East Magazine
Manufacturer/Supplier of the Year (VRF System) for 2020 Product Awarded: SAVR-C VRF Awarded By: Climate Control Middle East Magazine
2020 IoT Breakthrough Awards – EcoNet zoning IoT Breakthrough Award – Connected Home
The 2020 IoT (Internet of Things) Breakthrough Awards recognize the world’s best IoT companies, products and people. The Rheem EcoNet Zoning System was judged as the breakthrough technology in the 2020 Smart Heating and Cooling Product of the Year awards.
2019 Dealer Design Award GOLD
Excellence in Product Design – High Efficiency Residential Equipment
ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Judged by an independent panel of contractors, these awards are a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry.
did you know?
Sustainability efforts in our North American facilities can save the equivalent of 36,716 trees per year.
That many trees would meet the oxygen needs of about 120 people.
did you know?
44% of new Rheem employees say our sustainability initiatives impacted their decision to work with us.
We make a difference by hiring people dedicated to making a difference.
did you know?
Converting to LED lights in our Australia facilities saves about 305,000 kWh per year.
The greenhouse gas savings is like taking 46 cars off the road.
did you know?
An independent audit found 71% of waste in our Lewisville facility can be diverted to recycling rather than landfills.
Doing so can save 1,187 trees, 209 cubic yards of landfill space and 26,531 gallons of oil.
did you know?
Rheem has changed all our chip board boxes to be produced with partially recycled materials.
That’s over 1 million boxes per year. This is in addition to our purchase of recycled cartons for our internal corrugate packaging.
did you know?
Rheem is a SmartWay® shipper, working toward cleaner & more efficient transport options that reduce greenhouse gases and improve air quality.
Rheem Manufacturing ranks as the global leader in the manufacture of high-quality, sustainable, and innovative water heaters, tankless water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, pool heaters, and HVAC systems for residential and commercial applications, and is a full member of AHRI, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute. *All pros listed are independent dealer-owned businesses, and not owned or operated by Rheem Manufacturing Company.