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4. Achieve more with less

Progress on our promise

Electrolux will continue to reduce its environmental footprint by shifting to renewables and optimizing use of energy and other resources across operations.

The roadmap to 2020   Next steps
Improve energy efficiency of manufacturing sites and warehouses by 20% by 2020 (baseline 2015), engaging all facilities worldwide.  ​​

Continue to drive energy efficiency in operations through our Green Spirit certification process.

Replace inefficient equipment with more efficient models.

Improve and optimize use of existing manufacturing equipment.

Reduce water consumption in manufacturing by 5% every year in areas of water stress, until the site has reached optimal levels of efficiency. ​​

Continue to drive water management and replace inefficient equipment and processes with more efficient models.

Attain energy-management certification for our operations across the world. ​​

Attain global certification for energy management according to ISO50001 by 2018.

Increase our use of renewable energy. ​​

13 manufacturing sites in Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Italy and Germany will only procure electricity from renewable sources as of 2016.

​​ On track  

​​ Additional effort is required  

​​ Off track  

​​ Work has not yet begun  

How we measure progress

  1. Energy efficiency (energy used per unit produced).
  2. Water efficiency (water used per unit produced).
  3. Share of manufacturing sites with a certified energy management system.

Through ambitious targets and by integrating our goals into the Group’s manufacturing system, we’ve demonstrated real progress in reducing our CO2 footprint in operations.

Year on year, we have shown that ambitious targets coupled with integrating our thinking into manufacturing processes lessens our CO2 impact considerably. Average energy consumption per unit produced has decreased by 18% over the last five years, exceeding our 2015 target by three percentage points. The benefits don’t stop there: had we maintained the same energy consumption levels as in 2005, Electrolux would have had to pay SEK 400m per year more in energy costs.

This year, our efforts have focused on investment and further integration into operations and along our supply chain. We have:

  1. Implemented our Energy Action Plan, including the formulation of new targets, with 2015 as a baseline. We have committed to a 20% energy reduction by 2020, and a 5% reduction in water consumption per year for manufacturing sites in water-stressed regions.
  2. Formulated an investment strategy for energy-efficient equipment and processes.
  3. Gathered energy data from 80% of our OEM supplier base. Our ambition is to encourage key suppliers to set their own targets for energy reduction.

The energy management system ISO50001 has been implemented in two sites to date and several are in the process of certification.

The challenges

  • ​In the last decade of reducing our energy use, we have prioritized investments with optimal payback time.

As our performance improves, it is becoming increasingly challenging to realize new savings with optimal pay-back times. We are ready to raise our level of ambition in the use renewables; hydro, solar, wind and biomass alternatives. We will also apply the lessons learned from existing onsite renewable installations and explore new projects around the world.

The approach

Energy and water management in operations is coordinated and best practice is shared among manufacturing sites through our Green Spirit program. We have both relative and absolute targets for energy consumption. Action plans include energy management, technological investments and employee awareness raising and behavioral change. Each facility reports energy and water consumption data monthly, and this data is aggregated on a regional and global level. Performance indicators for the Group are followed up on a monthly basis.

All Electrolux sites are evaluated annually against criteria that include energy performance and -management as well as implemented actions and are thereafter rated on a scale of zero to three. Criteria for achieving Green Spirit certification are raised every year. 

G4-EN15 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight

G4-EN16 Indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight


Energy, water, waste footprint

Energy per standard unit
Energy consumption
Waste generation (excluding recycling)
Water consumption
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
<strong>Energy per standard unit</strong> 100 92 89 89 82
Energy consumption 100 112 111 107 104
Waste generation (excluding recycling) 100 113 108 98 76
Water consumption 100 110 94 86 80

G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity

Scope 11) and Scope 2 emissions per SEKm
  2005   2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity 8.55687943   6.030283917 6.187626272 6.012940538 5.519636174 5.14647547

1) Fugitive emissions included. These are derived from use of HFC gases for cooling in facilities, refrigerants in products and as foaming gases.

Since 2005, our performance has resulted in a decoupling of revenue growth from CO2 emissions. We have achieved a savings of 225,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in operations between 2005 and 2015, while the Group’s revenue has increased by 23%.