Eliminate harmful materials

Our consumers can feel reassured that we manage chemicals carefully and replace those that cause concern.

Our promise

Electrolux will protect people and the environment by managing chemicals carefully and continuing to replace those that cause concern.

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Roadmap 2020 to 2030

  • Implement a best-in-class global system for improving the control of chemicals throughout our complex supply chain and work with suppliers to replace chemicals of concern.
  • Raise the bar on chemical requirements, taking into account new scientific findings.
  • Eliminate high-impact greenhouse gases from our products.

The case for action

As the use of chemicals increases, we need to be increasingly aware of the impact of chemicals on people and the environment.

We want consumers to feel reassured that Electrolux has a robust approach to choosing materials for its products – to protect both human health and the environment. Consumers are increasingly aware of chemicals and are raising their expectations on appliance companies such as Electrolux.

Our approach

Chemical management and compliance

The Electrolux Global Chemicals Office coordinates and manages the chemicals listed on our Restricted Materials List throughout the Group and among our suppliers. The Restricted Material List, which is an integral part of our contracts with suppliers, provides information about chemical phase-out as well as the requirements for the use of chemicals. We continuously update the list in light of new legislation and research, as well as demands from consumers and NGOs.

Our environmental management process tracks material use on a site-by-site basis. Focusing on high-risk applications and suppliers, we test thousands of components every year for chemical compliance at Electrolux laboratories and selected approved institutes.

Eco@web

Eco@web is our Group chemical management tool, and includes detailed information on the chemicals used in our products as well as in our manufacturing sites. It allows us to avoid unwanted materials and track those that might cause concern in the future. Eco@web helps to manage our complex supply chain of over 3,000 direct suppliers. The tracked data and collected documentation provides proof of chemical compliance for consumers and institutions.

Challenges

  • Driving the phase out of chemicals where it is not supported by regulation.
  • Completing the substitution of HFCs in air conditioners, where there are no common industry solutions available.
  • Replacing high-impact greenhouse gases needs to be driven industry-wide as solutions are dependent on legislation to enable viable alternatives.

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