Halve the Group’s climate impact, preventing the release of 25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and its equivalents (CO2e) over 15 years – between 2005 and 2020.
The roadmap to 2020
- Be a leader in product efficiency in our most important markets.
- Eliminate high-impact greenhouse gases from our products.
- Improve efficiency throughout our operations and supply chain.
- Increase the share of renewable energy to 50%.
At present, the target covers our largest markets: Europe, North America, Brazil, China and Australia. We know there will be barriers to achieving this goal – but we’re prepared to invest, innovate and influence the marketplace in order to break them down.
During 2016, Electrolux committed to set Science Based Climate Targets, a global initiative headed by CDP, the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The purpose of the initiative is to demonstrate the business case for ambitious target setting. The initiative enables companies to set targets consistent with the level of decarbonization required by science to limit global warming to less than 2°C, compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
The case for action
Tackling climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is among the greatest, most urgent challenges society is facing. We are reducing CO2 emissions from manufacturing at our own facilities, the transport of finished products, and the energy consumed during their use.
Over 80% of our climate impact is caused when energy is consumed during the use of our products. This means we can make our greatest contribution to tackling climate change by ensuring our products are more energy efficient.
We can also make a difference by eliminating the use of hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs) when manufacturing refrigerators, air conditioners and products with heat pumps. HFCs are gases with a high global warming potential, still used in some countries due to regulatory or market barriers to alternative gases.
Climate targets 2020
We’ve reduced the total carbon footprint, including product use, by 27% since 2005
Distribution of Electrolux CO2 emissions organized by category (Product use; Greenhouse gas; Manufacturing and Transport). Electrolux can best contribute to remediating the climate change challenge through efficient products.