Sustainability Report 2020

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Our targets for the future

Our ambitious climate targets focus on our major impacts - to prevent millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

Read more about our progress on our Climate Targets

The case for action

Tackling climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the greatest, most urgent challenges facing society. Our science-based climate target1) 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.

Our targets

Our long-term ambition is to ensure that our entire value chain is climate neutral by 2050. This supports the United Nations Global Compact - Business Ambition for 1.5° C, which our President and CEO Jonas Samuelson has signed.

Our two shorter-term company targets act as stepping stones to our long-term ambitions:

  • Our science-based target1) - aims to reduce our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 80% between 2015 and 2025, and the absolute scope 3 emissions from the use of our sold products by 25% during the same time period. The scope 3 target covers two thirds of all products sold by Electrolux.
  • Our For the Better 2030 sustainability framework target - aims to achieve climate neutral operations by 2030 (scope 1 and 2 emissions).

Our climate neutrality roadmap

1) Science Based Target (SBT) Scope 1 & Scope 2 - 80% reduction and Scope 3 - 25% reduction by 2025.
2) Company target, Climate neutral operations (Scope 1 + Scope 2 = 0) by 2030.
3) United Nations Global Compact Business ambition for 1.5 °C - climate neutral value chain by 2050.

What are scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions?

We define scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions as follows:

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 a company's products.

Progress on our Climate Targets

Our science-based climate target

By the end of 2020, we reduced our absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 70% compared to 2015 - toward our 80% reduction target by 2025 and our 100% reduction by 2030. Read more about our scope 1 & 2 emissions in our Promise Be climate neutral and drive clean and resource-efficient operations

Electrolux science based target (SBT) Scope 3 emission decreased by over 20% compared to emissions in 2015.

The Electrolux SBT Scope 3 covered 75% of emissions from use of sold products in the orginal baseline. Electrolux SBT scope 3 emissions “use of sold products” is calculated based on annual energy consumption (as defined by legislation standard use models for each major market), sales volumes per category, IEA’s ETP 2017 emission scenario factors per region, and estimated product lifetime. This methodology and the data quality are evolving and improving over time. We aim to include more product categories as this work continues. 

Working proactively to reduce emissions

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 around 85% 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 hydrofluorocarbons (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 technical barriers to alternative solutions.

Read about the plan Electrolux submitted to the UN Cool Coalition initiative to replace high-impact greenhouse gases in our Promise Eliminate harmful materials.

Our re-engineering investment at our refrigeration plant in Anderson, in the U.S., will eventually phase out the use of HFCs, but the site experienced delays in 2020.

Roadmap 2020 to 2030 Read more in the relevant PromisesStatus 
Be a leader in product efficiency in our most important markets.Lead in energy and resource
efficient solutions
Eliminate high-impact greenhouse gases from our products.Eliminate harmful materials dot2
Improve efficiency throughout our operations and supply chain.

Be climate neutral and drive clean and resource-efficient operations

Increase the proportion of renewable energy for our operations to 65% by 2025Be climate neutral and drive clean and resource-efficient operations dot1

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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