Electrolux has been named one of the top 5% corporate global leaders acting against climate change. For the second year in a row, we've made it onto CDP's Climate A List. CDP is an international non-profit organization working with a global disclosure system to measure and manage environmental impacts. Thousands of companies submit their annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology.
Reducing our environmental footprint
As part of our goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2020, we have worked to lessen our environmental footprint by shifting to renewables and optimizing the use of energy and other resources throughout our operations, as well as improving the energy efficiency of appliances.
"We have set a goal that half of the energy we use will come from renewable sources by the year 2020," explains Ernesto Ferrario, Head of Global Industrial Operations.
For instance, we’re installing 2,800 solar panels at the Juárez, Mexico factory that are expected to produce more than 1,500,000 kWh of electricity per year and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 700 tonnes.
The photovoltaic panels at Electrolux Professional headquarters in Vallenoncello, Italy already produce around 1.1 million kWh of energy per year - that's enough electricity to power a refrigerator for 7,000 years. The panels produce about 15% of the total annual energy consumption. Since 2016, all electricity used at the Vallenoncello site comes from certified renewable energy sources.
With all the energy efficiency efforts in place, the average level of CO2 emissions per product manufactured has decreased by more than 15% compared to 2016 and by 35% since 2015.
Tracking carbon emissions
Also, Electrolux aims to cut CO2 emissions from transportation of appliances by 15% - the equivalent of removing 22,000 cars driving 15,000 km a year off the roads - by 2020. A new digital dashboard has been created to ensure that we stay on track. When planning the transportation of appliances from our factories to warehouses or retailers, we can use the dashboard to examine the carbon footprint of road, rail, intermodal and ocean shipments.
"About 315,000 tonnes of CO2 are currently emitted through the transportation of our appliances in Europe, North America and Brazil. The new dashboard will play an important part in reducing our footprint in this respect," says Tomas Dahlman, Global Director of Energy Strategies. The dashboard can be used to identify where the CO2 impacts arise and compare the benefits of using rail and intermodal (when more than one mode of transport is used) transport.
Electrolux has already improved CO2 efficiency in sea transportation by almost 35% since 2012. In 2017, the Group improved CO2 efficiency for land transportation by more than 3.5% compared to 2016.
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