Eliminating harmful materials

Eliminating harmful materials

Our consumers can feel reassured that we’re managing chemicals carefully and replacing those that cause concern.

Our promise

Electrolux will protect people and the environment by managing chemicals carefully and continuing to replace those that cause concern.

The roadmap to 2020

  • Implement a best-in-class global system for improving the control of chemicals throughout our complex supply chain and work with suppliers to replace chemicals of concern.
  • Raise the bar on chemical requirements, taking into account new scientific findings.
  • Eliminate high-impact greenhouse gases from our products.

The case for action

Today, the use of chemicals is on the increase. This means we need to be more aware than ever of the impact of chemicals on people and the environment.

We want consumers to feel reassured that Electrolux has a robust approach to choosing materials for its products, protecting human health and the environment. Customers, especially our larger customers, recognize this issue as well and are increasing their requirements on their suppliers, including Electrolux.

Most hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs) are gases with a high global warming potential, which makes them a priority for us to address. Electrolux uses HFCs in a few markets, mainly as refrigerants and for foam blowing. We are phasing out the use of HFCs in all our markets by 2020, which will reduce our CO2 footprint by 14% compared with the 2005 baseline.

This promise will contribute to our climate targets.

The approach

The Electrolux Global Chemicals Office coordinates and manages the chemicals listed on our Restricted Materials List throughout the Group and among our suppliers. Our environmental management process collates data on materials use on a site-by-site basis. Suppliers are required to adhere to our Restricted Materials List and report on their use of the substances of concern. Focusing on high-risk applications and suppliers, hundreds of components are tested every year for chemical compliance at Electrolux laboratories, and by selected approved institutes.

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