Sustainability Report 2020

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We are creating ever more efficient, high-performance appliances, which help consumers to live better lives, save money and reduce their environmental footprint.

Our promise

Electrolux will continuously improve the energy and water performance of our appliances, raising the bar for product efficiency around the world.
Read more about our progress on this Promise

Roadmap 2020 to 2030

  • Be a leader in product efficiency for key product categories and markets by 2030.
  • Continue to develop products with good environmental performance, with a focus on energy and water efficiency.
  • Continue to drive the market for efficient products through awareness-raising consumer campaigns and by integrating sustainability into the Group's brands.

The case for action

Tackling climate change by reducing greenhouse gases is one of the greatest, most urgent challenges facing society. At the same time, demand for water is set to increase by as much as 40% by 2030, meaning that a billion more people will live in places where water can no longer be taken for granted.

Efficient appliances can help with these issues, by saving energy and water throughout their lifespan. As product energy use is responsible for over 80% of our climate impact, product energy efficiency is where we can make our greatest contribution to tackling climate change. In terms of water use, our dishwashers can make a difference as they are more water efficient than washing dishes by hand. 

Our approach

Product generation planning

Product efficiency targets and KPIs are integrated into our product generation planning – supported by an analysis of the regulatory landscape, energy labeling, market position and energy-efficiency improvements. We strive to be a market leader in product efficiency in all our key categories and markets, and we set our product performance targets accordingly. Our individual product efficiency targets are also designed to contribute toward our climate targets.


In our reporting, we measure the proportion of sales volumes and gross profit from our most resource efficient products in main markets compared with our global offering. Our most resource efficient products in 2020 included washing machines that met the European A+++ energy rating. We have a clear follow-up methodology for energy and water performance that allows us to track progress against our goals.

We also track the life time CO2 impact and the reduction in emissions from upgrading appliances with more energy efficient technologies.

Product efficiency innovation

This promise is embedded in the Group's R&D processes through defined targets. We are also exploring efficiency opportunities related to digitalization and connectivity by developing smart appliances to measure consumer behavior or connect to a smart grid to optimize energy use.


  • Raising consumer awareness of the benefits of using more efficient products - particularly in markets without energy labels.
  • With already high product efficiency in Europe, the cost of further product improvements is increasing as the potential new efficiency savings reduce.
  • Various energy efficiency standards around the world make it difficult to apply worldwide best practice.

The progress on our promise

How we measure progress

  1. Fleet average (the energy efficiency of Electrolux products available) in key markets.
  2. Progress on product-related contributions to the Electrolux science-based targets.
  3. Percentage of R&D budget spent on sustainability-related innovation.

Our efficient products

During the year, we continued our work to gather product data, which forms the basis for our work with promoting efficient products. This data enables Electrolux to demonstrate the value of more efficient products – both from an environmental and financial perspective.

Every year, we raise the bar in terms of the criteria used to define our most energy and water efficient products. Our most resource efficient products also make good business sense in terms of profitability for Electrolux as they accounted for 26% (23) of total units sold but 36% (32) of gross profit for consumer products in 2020.

During 2020, we worked with product cycle planning to ensure our products meet forthcoming European energy labelling regulations in 2021. This involves upgrading the energy performance of products such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines.

Stakeholder engagement on product efficiency

Electrolux supports the UN 'Business Ambition for 1.5°C' pledge, which is a global movement of business leaders working toward zero emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. 

We work to mitigate the challenge of different energy efficiency standards around the world by cooperating with various organizations. We continue to work with United4Efficiency (U4E), which is led by the United Nations Environment Program to develop recommendations on how emerging markets can leapfrog to greater energy efficiency.

Through its ongoing investment programs for cooling appliances – Electrolux aims to reducing the climate impact of its factories and products by eliminating high-impact greenhouse gases and increasing energy efficiency.

Efficiency requirements and fleet average

The choice of products going to market is determined at the local level, based on energy efficiency requirements and consumer demand. Of our key markets, Europe, the U.S., Brazil and some Asia-Pacific countries currently have efficiency requirements in place, with varying levels of ambition.

In Europe, which represents approximately 40% of Group net sales, energy efficiency has improved by an average of 2% per year since 2016 (see the graph EU Fleet Average below), and Electrolux is well established in the European efficiency market. For example, we are a clear leader in the fabric care category.

EU Fleet Average 2016-2020 

Index 2015 = 100

In Europe, Electrolux continued to improve its energy efficiency across three product categories in 2020. The energy index is set at 100% for 2016.


Our most energy and water efficient products accounted for 26% of total units sold but 36% of gross profit for consumer products in 2020.

Contributing to our climate targets

Energy efficiency is a priority across all our key product categories and markets and is related to the Electrolux science-based target, as well as indicators to track progress.

Read more in Our climate targets.

R&D spent on sustainability-related innovation

Our global approach to product design and modularization is crucial for stepping up the level of ambition across product categories. Our expenditure on research and development in 2020, including the capitalization of SEK 563m (788), amounted to SEK 3,799m (3,899), which corresponds to 3.3% (3.3) of net sales.

Next steps

Roadmap 2020 to 2030 Next stepsStatus 
Be a leader in product efficiency for key categories and markets by 2030.

Preparing for new energy labeling and raised energy-efficiency standards in the EU.


Continue to develop products with good environmental performance, with a focus on energy and water efficiency.

Further integration into product R&D. Continue to spend one-third of our R&D budget on sustainable product innovation, in terms of water and energy efficiency.


Continue to drive the market for efficient products through awareness-raising consumer campaigns and by integrating sustainability into the Group's brands.

Use our global influence to inspire and educate consumers around sustainable living globally.


On track

Additional effort is required 

Off track

Work has not yet begun


Electrolux is a leading global appliance company that has shaped living for the better for more than 100 years. We reinvent taste, care and wellbeing experiences for millions of people around the world, always striving to be at the forefront of sustainability in society through our solutions and operations. Under our brands, including Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell approximately 60 million household products in approximately 120 markets every year. In 2019 Electrolux had sales of SEK 119 billion and employed 49,000 people around the world.

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