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Together for energy efficiency

Driving product performance, Electrolux is engaged in developing global energy efficiency standards through the United Nations United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative.

Better lives, less impact  

With rising incomes and improving living standards in emerging economies, the demand for basic products such as appliances grows. Better quality of life for the many is clearly welcome, but will at the same time increase electricity demand and carbon emissions.

Fortunately, energy efficiency can provide up to 50 percent of the reduction in carbon emissions needed to meet the two-degree climate target, according to estimates by the International Energy Agency. So switching to highly efficient products will make it possible for people to enjoy modern life in a way some of us take for granted, all while minimizing their impact on the climate.

Electrolux is a member of U4E, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Environment Program to promote high-efficiency appliances and equipment.

Pushing for tougher rules

U4E aims to contribute to a 10 percent decrease in global electricity consumption, and an absolute reduction of 1.25 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, by 2030.

More specifically, U4E:

  • Informs policy makers of the possible environmental, financial and economic savings of shifting to high-efficiency products
  • Promotes global best practices in energy management in emerging markets
  • Assists governments in swift and sustainable transformations of markets.

Electrolux, together with our industry partners, supports U4E with expertise, best practice data and examples to make the environmental and financial case for high-efficiency products. This includes energy labelling, incentive programs and how to effectively take care of redundant appliances.

This case study is related to our promise Provide sustainable solutions for everyone



Partnering with UNEP to show the way towards more efficient appliances.

U4E was founded by:

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • International Copper Association (ICA)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

U4E is supported by Electrolux and eight other private sector partners, as well as four technical organizations.