Electrolux exceeds its own climate targets

Electrolux Group has revealed that it has exceeded its sustainability goals for a third consecutive year. 

The parent company of AEG and Zanussi has released its 2022 Sustainability Report, within which it explains that throughout last year the company has reduced its absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 82 per cent compared to 2015, beating its 2025 target of 80 per cent.

It saw a drop in Scope 3 emissions by more than 25 per cent compared to 2015, an improvement of five per cent on 2021 and in line with the business’s 25 per cent reduction target by 2025.

In 2018, Electrolux Group – which is one of the headline Sustainability Partners of the ERT Awards 2023 – was one of the first 100 businesses to set its global science-based climate target. The latest report shows that the Group is not only one of the first 100 business globally to meet its goals, but is three years ahead of plan.

Luke Harding, Electrolux UK and Ireland General Manager, said that by setting bold science-based targets, companies are able to show their commitment to do their part in keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

“I’m extremely proud of the work that we have put in across the last year that has meant we have been able to achieve our climate targets ahead of plan. We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint, and sustainability remains at the forefront of our work.”

This new report also covers the company’s progress of its other sustainability targets, relating to consumers and the business, with a focus on the Group’s sustainability framework ‘For the Better 2030’, which launched in March 2020.

In relation to this framework, this report also highlights key results across all sections – including the fact that 35 per cent of the company’s ocean cargo is now transported with more sustainable fuels. In addition to this, 98 per cent of electricity used in the company’s global operations comes from renewable sources; and recycled plastic is used in 70 per cent of the inner liners of the Group’s new built-in refrigerators.

Finally, the Group has introduced the first vacuum cleaner produced without paint to reduce chemical use, energy, and material impact.

Expanding its reach into the wider community, last year the Electrolux Food Foundation launched a toolkit to give teachers the tools to teach kids about sustainable eating. To date, 88,000 children globally have become a Food Hero, educating future generations on how to promote a more sustainable world.

Don’t forget, there’s an exclusive interview with Electrolux in the latest issue of ERT! Michael White, Channel Manager – Electrical Retail Independents, tells us about the company’s mission to further support its indie retailers with bespoke Partner Programs, new product ranges and refreshed training schemes.