Keeping cool with the United Nations

By the end of 2023, Electrolux Group had replaced high-impact greenhouse gases from 97% of its products containing refrigerants.

At the end of 2019, the Group announced a plan to start replacing high-impact greenhouse gases from its products. The plan was part of its commitment to the Cool Coalition initiative, which is a global initiative led by the UN Environment Programme.

“We’ve worked hard to phase out high-impact greenhouse gases from 97% of our products containing refrigerants,” says Elena Breda, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer. “Despite challenges remaining in some regions and with some product categories, we have been a pioneer for replacing high-impact greenhouse gases and almost all our products now use low-impact refrigerants.”

These efforts have not gone unnoticed. The latest report from Carbon Trust and UN Cool Coalition on cooling suppliers released in December 2023 stated that Electrolux Group leads the pack in terms of climate action in the cooling segment.

Contributing to avoiding up to 0.4°C of global warming

Electrolux Group’s reduction plan has worked to switch from gases with high global warming potential (GWP) to gases with low GWP in all product lines. This included gases from refrigerators and tumble driers to wine storage appliances and air conditioners. If local legislation or safety requirements do not allow this, an F-gas with the lowest GWP is used.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global phase-out of these climate-warming gases alone can avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by 21001).

Continuing the work to lead in cooling

“We will continue to work together with our regional and international partners to overcome the remaining legislative and market barriers that are preventing the global phase out of high-impact greenhouse gases,” says Breda. “This involves raising awareness of low-impact refrigerants that are already being safely used in appliances around the world.”

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1) International Energy Agency (IEA), 2020.