Electrolux and the UN’s Cool Coalition

Electrolux to replace high-impact gases in all appliances by 2023

Electrolux has submitted a phase-out plan to the global UN initiative Cool Coalition for replacing high-impact greenhouse gases in all of its appliances with gases that have very low global warming impact by 2023.  Gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are often used in refrigerators, air conditioners and other cooling devices, as well as in tumble dryers and washer-dryers with heat pumps.

“Tackling climate change by reducing greenhouse gases is one of the most urgent challenges in our society. As part of the commitment to the Cool Coalition, Electrolux has now established a complete global gas phase-out plan. We are encouraging other companies in our industry to join us as we share the same responsibility,” says Jonas Samuelson, CEO Electrolux.

Electrolux has far-reaching ambitions to reduce its climate impact, ranging from a science-based target to reduce CO2 emissions from products with 25% by 2025, to becoming fully climate neutral throughout the value chain by 2050.     

GWP Reduction Plan of the Electrolux Group Presented to the UN Cool Coalition
20 December 2019, version 1

Product Type (indicate domestic, commercial, or both for the typical product application) AC Cooling Capacity (kW or BTU) / Refrigerator Volume (L) / or other relevant metric Refrigerant GWP1 Limit Applicable Markets Date by which all manufactured products comply Percent of gas volume in products that will be below the GWP1 limit by 1 January 2023
Production and OEM sourcing of Refrigerators/Freezers (domestic) ≤ 1500 L

 

 

 

≤ 20 Europe Already implemented
(GWP<150 is the EU legal requirement from 1/1 2015)
100%
North America Q3 2021 100%
Latin America Q1 2022 100%
Asia, Pacific, MEA Q4 2021 100%
Production and OEM sourcing of Wine Storage Appliances (domestic) ≤ 1500 L ≤ 20 Europe Already implemented
(GWP<150 is the EU legal requirement from 1/1 2015)
100%
North America Already implemented 100%
Latin America Q1 2021 100%
Asia and Pacific Q1 2022 100%
MEA NA
Production and OEM sourcing of Blast Chiller (domestic) ≤ 20 Global October 2020 100%
Production and OEM sourcing Tumble Drier with heat pump (domestic) ≤ 20 Global Q1 2023 100%
Production and OEM sourcing Washer-Drier with heat pump (domestic) */To be defined. The alternative gas is under investigation. We aim at identifying a suitable gas with a GWP as low as possible. It will at least have a GWP below 750. ≤ 750 * Global Q3 2023 0%
Production and OEM sourcing of air conditioner, self-contained (Window RAC)
(domestic)
≤ 16 kW ≤ 750 Europe NA
North America Q1 2022 100%
Latin America NA
Asia, Pacific, MEA Q1 2022 100%
Production and OEM sourcing of air conditioner, self-contained (Portable RAC)
(domestic)
≤ 16 kW

**/ The GWP  level of 750 vs. 20 is related to different local product safety requirements.

≤ 20** Europe Already implemented
(GWP<150 is the EU legal requirement from 1/1 2020)
100%
≤ 750** North America Q1 2022 100%
Latin America NA
≤ 750** Asia, Pacific, MEA Q1 2022 100%
Production and OEM sourcing of air conditioner/heat pump, ductless split
(domestic)
≤ 16 kW ≤ 750 Europe Already implemented 100%
North America NA
≤ 750 Latin America Q3 2023 0%
≤ 750 Asia, Pacific, MEA Q1 2022 100%
Production and OEM sourcing of dehumidifiers
(domestic)
≤ 50 Pint

**/ The GWP  level of 750 vs. 20 is related to different local product safety requirements.

≤ 20** Europe Already implemented 100%
≤ 750** North America Q1 2022 100%
Latin America NA
Asia, Pacific NA
≤ 20 MEA Q1 2021 100%
New applications We aim to use natural refrigerants/foam gases with the lowest possible GWP for new applications, however GWP 750 is the upper limit for any new application. ≤ 750 Global 1/1 2020

 

[1] As measured in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report over a 100-year time horizon

 

Electrolux Professional will be divested from the Electrolux Group during Q1 2020 and becomes a separate independent company. For this reason the cooling products of Electrolux Professional are not part of this document.