Sustaining Excellence in Sustainability
by Chee Wee Gan, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Sustainability
At Rheem, we’re striving to make a difference—to deliver A Greater Degree of Good™. And we know our products are our most significant opportunity to make an impact on the world. Heating, cooling and water heating products comprise an outsized portion of the energy consumption of any home or business. By making our products more efficient, we can provide creature comfort to millions in the here and now and ensure a healthy planet for the long term. That’s the win-win that motivates our team of 12,000 to dream bigger and innovate at scale each and every day.
It’s an honor to have our hard work acknowledged. Today, we were recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy as a 2023 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is presented to companies that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment. We’re proud to be an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year, and we’re humbled to have received the additional recognition of Sustained Excellence.
We were selected not just for our commitment to providing customers with high-efficiency air and water products—including nearly 500 ENERGY STAR certified offerings in 2022—but also for our efforts to protect the environment with sustainable operations, industry training and consumer marketing. Our sustainability journey began in 2019 with the announcement of our A Greater Degree of Good sustainability program and our ambitious goals to achieve by Rheem’s 100-year anniversary in 2025. Since then, we’ve sought to build and sustain excellence in product innovation, low-waste and low-emission manufacturing and training that educates and inspires our industry’s workforce. We’re succeeding in our mission, with accomplishments including:
- Offsetting 18.5+ million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions—equal to taking nearly four million cars off the road for a year—by the sale of our innovative products since January 2019.
- Avoiding 327+ million tons of waste at our Zero Waste to Landfill manufacturing plants.
- Training 300,000+ plumbers, contractors, and key influencers around the world on sustainable products and practices, empowering our partners to be sustainability champions.
We’re advancing on all fronts, and sustainable product innovation remains a primary focus. It’s an exciting time to be an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. Recent progress, including the milestone passage of the US Inflation Reduction Act, means that more consumers than ever have access to sustainable products—the kind that we build with intention every day. Through Sustainability Strategy Sessions that we hold at the beginning of the process of developing new products, we ensure that efficiency and a host of other important sustainability features are integrated into the design of our products from the start. And, in addition to the ENERGY STAR certification, our proprietary Sustainability Standout® seal makes it easy for homeowners, building managers, plumbers and contractors to find and select our best-of-the-best products for the environment.
With every sustainable innovation and act of stewardship, we’re proud to inspire others in our industry and beyond to join us in leading on sustainability. Together, we can truly sustain excellence.