Electrolux Professional insists that Covid has not dented its ambitions to become a ‘climate neutral’ business by the end of 2030.
The cooking and refrigeration manufacturer said it continues to “make strides” towards its green objectives after achieving a 48% share of renewable energy use last year and a 36% reduction in CO2 emissions since 2015.
It is embarking on a series of strategic promises in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on climate action and clean and affordable energy.
This includes the development of more energy efficient and low-consuming products, the substitution of HFC gases and the use of material and resources in an efficient way.
It is committed to driving energy efficiency initiatives in its factories and now has ISO 50001 certificates in its three largest plants.
Electrolux is also actively seeking to switch to renewable electricity while avoiding investments in fossil fuel applications.
Solar panels have been installed at three of its sites, including a new factory in Rayong that opened earlier this year.
Energy efficiency is measured as reduction of energy consumption per standard unit produced. Between 2016 and 2019, the company improved its energy efficiency.
During the first quarter of 2020 it was below the 2020 year-end target, but during the latter part of the year it was not able to compensate for the huge volume drop caused by the pandemic as parts of energy consumption are more fixed than variable.
Niklas Lindsköld, head of sustainability at Electrolux Professional, said: “In parallel to the climate neutral target for our operations, we are determined to continue developing low resource-consuming products to reduce the impact from the product-use phase in terms of energy, water, and detergents. This is good for both our customers’ running costs as well as for our planet.”
Electrolux said that waste recovery remains an important part of its sustainability work, too, with 92% of non-hazardous waste recovered during 2020.
84% of the non-hazardous waste generated is recycled, 8% goes to energy recovery while 8% goes to landfill or incineration without energy recovery.