Eliminating harmful materials

Eliminating harmful materials

Our consumers can feel reassured that we’re managing chemicals carefully and replacing 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.

The roadmap to 2020

  • 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 more aware than ever 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 human health and the environment. Customers and consumers are increasingly aware of chemicals, and are raising their requirements on appliance companies such as Electrolux.

Our approach

The Electrolux Global Chemicals Office coordinates and manages the chemicals listed on our Restricted Materials List throughout the Group and among our suppliers. Our environmental management process tracks material use on a site-by-site basis. Suppliers are required to adhere to our Restricted Materials List and report on their use of substances of concern. Focusing on high-risk applications and suppliers, we test thousands of components every year for chemical compliance at Electrolux laboratories and selected approved institutes.

The Eco@web online database is our Group chemical management tool, and includes detailed information on the chemicals used in our products. 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 Electrolux 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, and demands from customers and NGOs.

Challenges

  • Driving the phase out of chemicals where it is not supported by regulation
  • Substituting HFCs in air conditioners, where there are no common industry solutions available
  • Replacing high impact Greenhouse gases needs to be driven industry-wide, because solutions are dependent on legislation that enables viable alternatives
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The Electrolux Restricted Materials List specifies the chemicals that we classify as “banned”, “restricted” and “substances of concern”.

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