Lincolnshire schools challenged by Whirlpool to redesign kitchen appliances to be more eco-friendly

Completely free, Whirlpool Purposeful Innovation is open to all secondary schools around Whirlpool’s Peterborough headquarters, including Lincolnshire. Students in grades 7-9 are encouraged to participate in teams of up to five people.

The competition aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, while showcasing youth innovation when it comes to creating a more sustainable future. As well as developing their design and engineering skills, participating students will have the chance to win a range of exciting prizes. The winning team will be invited to an exclusive tour of Whirlpool’s factory in Yate and will receive a new kitchen appliance of their choice for their school and each of the homes of the five team members. Finalists will also win a tour of Whirlpool’s Yate factory.

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While registration for the competition is currently open, Whirlpool Purposeful Innovation will officially kick off with an event hosted at Whirlpool’s Peterborough headquarters on Wednesday, April 20, where teams will learn more about the competition and receive live demonstrations of the way a tumble dryer, washing machine and fridge/freezer is designed and built.

A wind farm that powers one of Whirlpool’s factories in the United States. EMN-220803-094547001

Teams will then have eight weeks to redesign one of the devices to either reduce the overall environmental impact of its production, or reduce the energy or water consumption of the product, or reduce food waste, and develop a proposal for how their new device will work and look.

At the end of the eight weeks, the teams will return to Whirlpool headquarters to present their entries to a panel of judges. In addition to selecting a top winner, prizes will be awarded for a range of other skills demonstrated during the competition: teamwork, creativity, sustainable innovation and ingenuity.

Ian Moverley, Director of Communications at Whirlpool Corporation, commented: “At Whirlpool, our mission is to create innovations that improve people’s lives at home, and that includes caring for the planet. In a recent study of over 19,000 people in 10 countries, we explored what people look for in home appliance innovation and found that consumers really appreciate innovations that use less energy (40%) and have a lower carbon footprint (35%). People want to reduce their impact on the environment, and it’s our responsibility to help them do that through the design of their devices.

“Young people have some of the most creative and inspiring ideas, so why wouldn’t we want their input on how we can continue to improve the environmental impact of our products? We want to recognize the vast potential of young people in our region and so through Whirlpool Purposeful Innovation, in addition to hopefully generating new innovative ideas, we aim to provide students with insight into the world of engineering and design – helping them realize their potential and inspire the next generation of sustainable engineers in our region.

In addition to its new sustainability competition, Whirlpool Corporation has also launched its annual Sustainability Report in which it publishes an update on progress towards achieving the Net Zero 2030 goals that the company announced for the first time. times in May 2021. As part of this update, Whirlpool Corporation is accelerating its commitment to sustainable operations through investments in renewable energy, manufacturing plant upgrades, and ongoing energy reduction projects , water and waste. In 2021, the company reduced its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 27%, for all scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, compared to a 2016 baseline.

To register for Whirlpool Purposeful Innovation, email Joanna Colley [email protected] before March 28.

Karl M. Bailey