Whether it’s a question of vacuum cleaner manufacture or washing machine usage, as a leading manufacturer of premium home appliances, the long-standing Waelzholz customer Miele considers the sustainability of its appliances at every stage of their product life cycles. In the third episode of Waelzholz’s sustainability podcast, you will learn in an interview with Konstantin Eckert, Director Procurement Production Material at Miele & Cie. KG, and Dr. Matthias Gierse, Managing Director Sales and Purchasing at Waelzholz, about the role that steel materials play in avoiding the carbon emissions caused by home appliances.
Sustainability podcast episode 3: Steel materials for reducing the carbon emissions of home appliances
When it comes to the climate compatibility of home appliances, the focus is not only on their production-related carbon emissions, but also on their electricity consumption throughout their useful lives. Under the title “We can’t do without it: role of steel in a sustainable economy,” the third episode of the Waelzholz podcast on the subject of sustainability covers both of these aspects. Konstantin Eckert reports on the importance of high-performance and ideally emission-free steel to reducing the carbon emissions of Miele products, the savings that are already possible, and the role played by the end consumers on the road to making products more sustainable. Dr. Gierse explains how the quality of Waelzholz’s steel materials boosts not only the energy efficiency of home appliances, but also their service life. He additionally emphasizes why collaboration all along the value chain in the steel industry is so important as well as the fact that support from the policymakers is essential in order for the key prerequisites for decarbonization to be established.