AHAM (US Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers), CSA Group and UL Environment announced the release of AHAM 7004-2015/CSA SPE-7004-15/UL 7004-15, voluntary sustainability standard for household cooking appliances. The cooking products covered in the standard include convection, non-convection and steam products such as ranges, built-in cook tops and ovens. The standard is based on a lifecycle approach for identifying the environmental impacts of household cooking appliances in five key areas: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy consumption during use, end-of-life, and innovation. This standard aims to be an objective and practical measurement tool to assist cooking appliance manufacturers in evaluating the environmental sustainability of home appliances. Other major appliance standards are under development and are expected to be published later in 2015.