Be climate neutral and drive clean and resource-efficient operations

We are reducing our own footprint by running efficient operations all around the world.

Our Goal

Electrolux will continue to reduce its environmental footprint by shifting to renewables, and optimizing the use of energy and other resources throughout its operations. We aim to have climate neutral operations by 2030.

Read more about our progress on this Goal

Roadmap to 2030

  • Reduce our CO2 footprint by 85% by 2025 (2015 baseline) and achieve climate neutral operations by 2030.
  • Improve energy efficiency at our manufacturing sites and warehouses by an additional 12.5% by 2025 (2020 baseline).
  • Improve water efficiency at our manufacturing sites by 25% by 2025 (2020 baseline) in potential water risk areas, until the site has reached optimal levels of efficiency.
  • Increase the proportion of renewable energy for our operations to 65% by 2025.
  • Certify all plants to the Zero Waste to Landfill program by 2025.

The case for action

We aim to run resource-efficient operations as an integral part of our work by applying industry-leading practices. This reflects our values and what we stand for as a company – being part of the solution is important for both our employees and consumers.

Our approach

Operational resource management – including energy, water, waste and emissions – is coordinated globally with a common process and strategy wherever in the world we operate. We have a comprehensive approach to reducing our climate footprint – including our own operations and the lifecycle impact of our products. This section looks at our own operations. Read more about Our Climate Goals for an overview of our roadmap to become climate neutral across the value chain.

Resource efficiency management

The Electrolux Green Spirit program is our internal resource efficiency program and rating system that includes criteria related to climate, energy and water performance, management, engagement and actions that are reviewed annually. The program is continuously improved to reduce our environmental impact and operational costs. It drives and promotes the sharing and implementation of best practice among our manufacturing sites globally.

In addition, our renewable energy target is tracked on a monthly basis and reviewed on a Group and regional level. We are raising our level of ambition with renewable energy sources, such as hydro, solar, wind, biomass and biofuel. We also learn from existing on-site renewable installations and explore new projects around the world.

Action plans include energy management, technological investments, employee awareness and behavioral change. Every facility reports energy and water consumption data on a monthly basis, and this data is aggregated on a regional and global level against monthly performance indicators. We have both relative and absolute targets for energy consumption.

Our Zero Waste to Landfill program has the objective to reduce our environmental footprint, find opportunities for material reuse and recycling, and at the same time decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill and/or incinerated without energy recovery. To achieve this, we work to reduce the waste we generate, and identify opportunities for reusing waste materials. Standard indicators are measured quarterly and followed up by management. The common waste database includes data from all factories in a approach that follows the 2008 CEE Directive.

All manufacturing units with over 50 employees must be certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management system. In addition, we are working to implement the ISO 50001 energy management system at all our manufacturing sites.

Our water targets are based on the WWF Water Risk Filter, which helps us to identify which of our factories are located in water scarce areas. Decisions around our water targets are based on the tool, and our factories are divided into two groups – Water Risk and Water Management factories. The Green Spirt program shares water management best practice, monthly reporting on water performance indicators as well water mapping globally.

Challenges

  • Following over a decade of prioritized investments with good payback periods, it is becoming increasingly challenging to realize continuous improvements in energy and water efficiency with acceptable payback periods.
  • During the year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to be a challenge for our operations.
  • Phasing out fossil fuels is a challenge in high temperature processes due to the lack of technical and economically viable alternatives.