Sustainability Report 2018

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Our climate targets

Focusing on our major impacts, we will prevent millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

The case for action

Tackling climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the greatest, most urgent challenges facing society. Our new science-based climate target is aligned with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement on climate change, which aims to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C this century to avoid the most severe impacts from climate change.

Target setting

We developed our own methodology with a 50% relative reduction climate target by 2020 based on our 2005 emissions. We did this as there was no standard approach for comprehensive climate targets when we developed it in 2014.

Building on this existing target, we developed a science-based target that was approved by the Science Based Target initiative1) in 2018 as being aligned with the 2°C Paris Climate Agreement. The target includes our operations (scope 1 & 2), high impact greenhouse gases (scope 1 & 3), and the use phase of our products (Scope 3). Our science-based emissions target will contribute to long-term and structured action on climate change that goes beyond our current 2020 objective. 

1)The Science Based Target initiative is a global initiative headed by CDP, the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The initiative enables companies to set climate targets consistent with the level of de-carbonization required to limit global warming to less than 2°C, compared with pre-industrial temperatures.

What are scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions?

There are three categories of greenhouse gas emissions:

Scope 1 – are emissions produced directly by an organization, for instance through the combustion of fuels, e.g. natural gas combustion for heating.

Scope 2 – includes indirect emissions generated through the consumption of purchased energy, e.g. through electricity use.

Scope 3 – other indirect emissions due to the activities of an organization, but that are produced and controlled by a different emitter, e.g. emissions resulting from the use of Electrolux products.

Our targets

Our 50% climate target – halve the Group's climate impact, preventing the release of 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and its equivalents (CO2e) over 15 years – between 2005 and 2020. The target focus on product efficiency in the main product categories. Sales volumes and emission factors are normalized to 2005.

Our science-based emissions target – absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 80% between 2015 and 2025, and reduction of absolute scope 3 emissions from the use of sold products by 25% during the same timeframe.

Emission reduction actions

We are reducing CO2 emissions from our own manufacturing facilities, product transport, and the energy consumed during their use. But as product energy use is responsible for over 80% of our climate impact, product efficiency is where we can make our greatest contribution to tackling climate change.

We can also make a difference by eliminating the use of hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerators, air conditioners and products with heat pumps. HFCs are gases with a high global warming potential that are still used in some countries due to regulatory or market barriers to alternative solutions.

Progress on our Climate Targets 

Halve the Group's climate impact by 2020, preventing the release of 25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over 15 years.

Roadmap to 2020 Read more about our progress in our relevant PromisesStatus 
Be a leader in product efficiency in our most important markets.Constantly Improve Product Performance & Efficiency dot1
Eliminate high-impact greenhouse gases from our products.Eliminate Harmful Materials  dot2
Improve efficiency throughout our operations and supply chain.

Achieve More with Less 
Improve Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Increase the share of renewable energy for our operations to 50%.Achieve More with Less dot1

On track

Additional effort is required 

Off track

Work has not yet begun

Progress on our 50% target

By the end of 2018, we had cut our CO2 emissions by 31% compared to 2005 – toward our 50% target by 2020.

Climate targets 2020 1)


1) Reduce CO2 impact by 50% in 2020 focusing on product efficiency in the main product categories. Sales volumes and emission factors are normalized to 2005.

Our science-based climate target

The target involves reducing our absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 80% between 2015 and 2025. It also commits to reducing the absolute scope 3 emissions from the use of our sold products by 25% during the same time frame, covering three-quarters of all products sold by Electrolux. For progress on scope 1 & 2 see Achieve more with less. Our scope 3 is being monitored and its progress will be reported in 2020.


Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences that make life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. Through our brands, including Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year.

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