The Electrolux Group, including Electrolux, AEG and Zanussi brands, has published its 2021 Sustainability Report, which revealed it has exceeded its sustainability goals for a second consecutive year.
Among the successes, the report found Electrolux reduced its absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (direct and indirect in operations) by 78% last year, compared to 2015.
It means the appliance manufacturer is four years ahead of its 2025 plan for the science-based target of 80% reduction.
The UK also saw a decrease in scope 3 emissions (when products are in use) by around 20% compared to 2015.
This reduction has set Electrolux on its way to meet its science-based target to reduce its scope 3 emissions by 25% in 2025.
The Sustainability report covers the company’s progress on its sustainability targets according to it’s For the Better 2030 sustainability framework, launched in March 2020.
Electrolux UK & Ireland general manager Luke Harding commented: “The sustainability framework guides our journey to achieve a ‘Better Company, Better Solutions and Better Living’ within society and allows us to become climate neutral throughout our value chain by 2050.
“Our focus and commitment to this has put us four years ahead of target in reducing our greenhouse emissions in operations and we will continue to build on this fantastic result to pioneer sustainability in the UK.”
In 2021, Electrolux gained recognition for its sustainability leadership with an ‘A’ score for its actions on Climate and Water as well as a Supplier Engagement Leader by the global non-profit CDP.
“I am particularly proud of the progress we have made to decrease UK emissions, and the leadership recognition we received from CDP as a result,” continued Harding.
“We will continue to adapt our sustainable innovation approach in the years ahead to meet the needs of future generations.”
In 2021, Electrolux commissioned a survey of almost 14,000 young people from 13 countries to gain insight into their hopes and concerns for the future in the key themes of food, clothing care and wellbeing at home.
The resulting Change-Makers Report highlighted worries for the future among young people – but also an understanding of the challenges facing society, and belief that they can be part of the solution.
Their insights will be used to drive product innovation over the coming years to ensure Electrolux continues to shape better living by meeting the needs of young consumers in the UK and beyond.
Harding concluded: “I am proud of the steps we are taking here at Electrolux to tackle climate change.
“We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint, and sustainability remains at the forefront of our work”.