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Constantly improve product performance and efficiency


Progress on our promise

Electrolux will improve the energy and water performance of our appliances, raising the bar for product efficiency around the world. 

The roadmap to 2020 Next steps
Be a leader in product efficiency in our most important markets by 2020.
  • Preparing for energy labeling and raised energy-efficiency standards in the EU and for refrigeration in Australia.

    Include targets for Electrolux Professional.
Continue to develop products with good environmental performance, with focus on energy efficiency.
  • Further integration into product R&D. Continue to spend one-third of our R&D budget on sustainable product innovation, in terms of water and energy efficiency.
Continue to drive the market for efficient products through awareness-building customer and consumer campaigns.
  • Continue to develop consumer and customer engagement initiatives to drive the uptake of efficient solutions.

​​ On track  

​​ Additional effort is required  

​​ Off track  

​​ Work has not yet begun  

How we measure progress

  1. Fleet average (the energy efficiency of Electrolux products available) in key markets.
  2. Progress on product-related contributions to the Climate Target 2020.
  3. Percentage of R&D budget spent on sustainability-related innovation.


Strong focus on product efficiency has proved a profitable strategy for Electrolux in key markets, especially in Europe. Our approach is now embedded in processes throughout all regions and product categories, to make water and energy efficiency a defining feature of our product offering. This includes planning for the future development of efficient appliances.

Year on year, Electrolux has demonstrated the value of efficient products. In 2016, the global green range of our most energy- and water-efficient products accounted for 20% of total units sold and 28% of gross profit for consumer products.Every year we raise the bar in terms of the critera used to evaluate the products included in the Green Range. Efficiency is a priority across all product categories, and each major category has 2020 targets in place for its markets, as well as indicators to track progress.

The global approach to product design and modularization is crucial for stepping up the level of ambition across the product categories. Over the years, Electrolux has been investing about a third of its R&D spend on product efficiency – this year, approximately SEK 1,050m (1,070m) – and more and more global projects are in the pipeline. Every year, we communicate how efficiency has improved in each product category by measuring our fleet average.

The profitability and choice of products going to market is determined on the local level, based on energy-efficiency requirements and consumer demand. Of our key markets, Europe, the US, Brazil and some Asia-Pacific countries currently have efficiency requirements in place, with varying levels of ambition. According to our own 2014 consumer research, engagement levels are high in Europe and are increasing in the US.

In Europe, which represents 30% of total Group sales, energy efficiency has improved by an average of 3% per year since 2012 (see graph EU Fleet Average below), and Electrolux is well established in the efficiency race in the region. Our leadership position is also evident in fabric care and across markets for food preservation, both of which are high-volume categories.

The challenges

  • In markets lacking energy labels, our key challenge is developing a credible means of communicating leading product performance to consumers.
  • With efficiency levels already high in Europe, the cost of further product improvements is increasing, while the absolute efficiency savings that are achievable become smaller.
  • Different countries have different standards to measure energy efficiency. In this fragmented landscape, it is more difficult to apply best practice worldwide.

Engaging in dialogue directly with consumers on the value of using appliances optimally and efficiently will help us overcome these challenges. Examples during the year include the communications around the Tasteology documentary on food, the AEG laundry range launch in Europe as well as the launch of MyPro semi-professional laundry range.

In Europe, Electrolux continuously improved its energy efficiency across three product categories in 2016. The energy index is set at 100% for 2012.

EU Fleet average

In Europe, Electrolux continuously improved its energy efficiency across three product categories in 2016. The energy index is set at 100% for 2012.

Global green range



Consumer products with the
best environmental performance
accounted for 20% of total units sold


and 28% of gross profit


The global green range accounted for 20% of total units sold and 28% of gross profit for consumer products.