From a life cycle analysis, we know that our greatest potential to positively impact the environment is to improve efficiency of products during use.Read more
Electrolux uses product life-cycle analysis to gauge and reduce our environmental impacts. And with over 80% of the total impact of an appliance occurring during its use, Electrolux can make its biggest contribution through a product-led approach.
Electrolux is guided by a product life-cycle approach, where the environmental impact is measured during the entire life-cycle, from raw material extraction, to manufacture, transport, use and finally end-of-life-treatment. Without exception, the greatest impact of our appliances occurs during use, through consumption of energy and water. For example, a life-cycle assessment of a refrigerator shows that on average more than 80% of the total environmental impact occurs during use, in the form of electricity consumption and related CO2 emissions.
A similar analysis of the total life cycle cost illustrates that accumulated electricity expenses exceed the initial purchase price. The life-cycle impact and cost of an average washing machine demonstrates this well.
For the consumer, choosing an appliance with enhanced environmental performance brings long-term savings. For Electrolux, it means there is a competitive advantage in making consumers aware of the correlation.
What is true for the household user is also true for the professional user – only more so. Professional appliances are usually used extensively; for at least eight hours a day and often up to 20 years. As a result, lifetime operating costs often exceed the initial purchase price, and efficiency represents substantial savings.
It is a natural part of business for a professional customer to calculate an appliance’s total life cycle cost. That makes environmental performance a paramount interest, whether for a hotel chain, a restaurant or shared laundry facilities in an apartment building.
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