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
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.
Celebrating Our Sustainability Training Milestone
by Chee Wee Gan, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Sustainability | January 2023
At Rheem, our commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop at the door. We’re not only focused on fostering a company culture of environmental responsibility, reducing our plant greenhouse gas emissions or sending less of our manufacturing waste to landfills.
“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 DayVP, Product Management, Channel Marketing, Global Water
“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.”
Stacey GearhartVP/GM Raypak
“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
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
2023 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence
Awarded By: US Environmental Protection Agency
Rheem is proud to have received the Sustained Excellence award for being named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2021, 2022 and now 2023. The US Environmental Protection Agency adds the Sustained Excellence award for winners who not only have earned Partner of the Year for several years in a row, but whose achievements have surpassed those in previous years.
Rheem earned the award in the Products category, which is for companies distinguished for designing and manufacturing high-efficiency products.
CES 2023 Innovation Award
Product Awarded: Rheem® ProTerra® Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heater
In 2023, the Consumer Technology Association honored the Rheem® ProTerra® Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heater with an Innovation Award in the Sustainability, Eco-Design & Smart Energy Category. The Consumer Technology Association noted that the ProTerra is the first of its kind in the market and “provides a game-changing plug-in, ready-to-use drop-in gas replacement offering energy savings and high-efficiency performance.”
2022 LEED Homes Awards
Product Awarded: Friedrich® VRP® West End Heights Project
The West End Heights Project, a project using Friedrich® VRP® Air Conditioners to provide filtered fresh air, was named an Outstanding Affordable Project by the U.S. Green Building Council and given a 2022 LEED Homes Award.
The annual LEED Homes Awards celebrate green residential projects, developers and builders using LEED to improve the quality of life for residents, reduce a home’s impact on the environment and create healthier and more resilient communities.
2022 Good Design Awards
Product Awarded: Rheem® Renaissance™ Packaged Commercial Units (15–25 tons)
The Rheem® Renaissance™ Packaged Commercial Line in 15–25 tons earned the GOOD DESIGN® Award, presented by the Chicago Athenaeum, as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge product designs produced around the world.
Products are selected based on criteria established in the original 1950 program for the highest aesthetic in terms of innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility and energy efficiency, and sensitivity to the environment.
2022 Green Builder Sustainable Product of the Year
Product Awarded: Rheem® Prestige® Series Variable Speed Heat Pump
In 2022, Green Builder Magazine named the Rheem® Prestige® Series Variable Speed Heat Pump as one of the sustainable products of the year. Green Builder noted that the Prestige Series Heat Pump “provides cooling efficiencies up to 54 percent higher and heating efficiencies up to 34 percent higher than typical heat pump designs,” as part of its reason for being honored with this distinction.
In 2022, FacilitiesNet.com awarded both Rheem® Commercial Heat Pump Systems and the Rheem® Triton® Commercial Water Heaters with a Vision 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.
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.
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.
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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.