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Case study: How Miele is developing and manufacturing energy efficient products
As the world’s leading provider of premium domestic appliances for cooking, laundry care and floor care, also producing dishwashers, washing machines and dryers for commercial use, as well as machines for reprocessing medical instruments and for laboratory needs (Miele Professional), Miele designs all of its appliances – be they washing machines, dishwashers or vacuum cleaners – to deliver top performance and superior results while using as little energy, water and chemicals as possible.
Viewed over their entire lifecycle, approximately 70 – 90 percent of the total energy used by domestic and commercial appliances is consumed during their usage phase. For this reason, one of Miele’s top priorities is developing and manufacturing products which consume the smallest possible amount of resources and energy. After measuring and setting targets, Miele took action to increase the energy efficiency of its domestic and commercial appliances. Overall, Miele was able to increase the amount of washing machines, dishwashers and refrigeration products produced in the top two energy efficiency classes (A++ and A+++) by 28 percent in the reporting period, equip its appliances with “Eco-friendly functions” and, also, introduce energy-intelligent domestic appliances and smart home applications.
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