Holistic approach

Constantly improving sustainability performance

Lower consumption combined with improved performance and the best results

Maximum efficiency for exceptional results

More than three quarters of the energy used by domestic appliances is consumed during use. These appliances also use detergents and rinsing aids. The development and production of energy-saving products is one of our top priorities. All of our appliances are optimised to consume only the quantities of energy and water that they actually need, while still delivering the best possible results. We ensure that low consumption does not come at the expense of performance – for example with respect to programme duration and noise levels.

Technological innovations reduce consumption

Over the past 20 years, we have achieved reductions averaging around 50% in the energy and water consumption of our appliances. With the latest technological innovations at our disposal, we are reducing consumption even further. During the 2017/18 business year, 99 percent of all washing machines subject to energy labelling fell into the top A+++ category, undercutting the borderline value by up to 50 percent (depending on the model). As the latitude for further improvements in efficiency become increasingly smaller, the greater the calls for intelligent solutions. Like, for instance, the SingleWash programme on washing machines with PowerWash 2.0, first introduced in 2018. This improves the washing machine's environmental credentials on machines run frequently with very small loads. This occurs frequently in everyday life and, with conventional technology, results in higher energy consumption. With the aid of this programme, a washing machine uses 60% less electricity and 51% less water than a conventional machine with automatic load control.

In other product categories, too, we are continually improving the efficiency of our products:

On our series G 6000 EcoFlex dishwashers, we have further reduced the energy consumption of this already highly efficient appliance by fitting a new EcoTech heat storage device. These dishwashers achieve values up to 20% lower than the limit required for the top energy efficiency rating of A+++.

The top tumble dryer models in the T1 series achieve an A+++ energy efficiency rating.

We have also expanded our range of refrigerators and freezers with the addition of numerous new and more economical freestanding K 20.000 models. During the 2017/18 business year, 21% of the refrigeration units sold were A+++ rated, in other words in the highest of energy efficiency categories.


Gentle processes lengthen service life

For us, using valuable resources efficiently is about more than saving water and energy. It also means being gentle on the dishes and clothes that you wash in our appliances – so that they last longer and require less frequent replacement. The shorter programme durations in our washing machines extend the life of textiles. The same principle applies to dishwashers: We have developed a wash programme that rinses even the most fragile, high-quality glasses very gently, while providing lasting protection against glass corrosion.

Further information

2019 Sustainability Report




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