Electrolux Professional has committed to making strides towards becoming climate neutral in operations by 2030.
The catering equipment manufacturer’s recently released Sustainability Report shows that the firm reduced its CO2 emissions by 36% since 2015, including its acquired companies, and had a 48% share of renewable energy use during 2020.
The report enables Electrolux Professional to share its thoughts on key climate topics, its strategy and targets. It believes that sustainability is a key part of its strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations, and uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its compass for contributing to a better society.
Supporting the ambitions of the Paris Agreement of taking action to mitigate climate change, the manufacturer believes it can make a difference throughout its value chain by developing energy-efficient products and working with energy-efficiency in its operations.
Electrolux Professional has therefore committed to taking the following actions: developing more energy-efficient and low-consuming products, substitution of HFC gases, using material and resources in an efficient way, driving energy-efficiency initiatives in plants, achieving ISO 50001 certificates in its three largest plants, actively supporting the switch to renewable electricity, and avoiding investments in fossil fuel applications.
The firm reported it improved its energy efficiency between 2016-2019, while during the first quarter of 2020 it was below the 2020 year-end target, but during the latter part of 2020 the firm was not able to compensate for the huge volume drop caused by pandemic, as parts of energy consumption are more fixed than variable.
Electrolux Professional says it will continue to increase its share of renewable energy, where it is currently operating with a 48% share of renewable energy. It has installed solar panels in three of its sites, including its new factory in Rayong that opened this year.
Waste recovery is also an important part of the sustainability work and 92% of non-hazardous waste was recovered during 2020. 84% of the non-hazardous waste generated is recycled, while 8% goes to energy recovery, and 8% goes to landfill or incineration without energy recovery.
Head of sustainability Niklas Lindsköld commented: “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.”
The overall climate neutral ambition incorporates reducing scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by at least 50% until 2025 (base 2015).
In addition, Electrolux Professional is targeting reducing its lost time injury rate below 0.3 measured by work related accidents per 200,000 worked hours by 2025, and gender diversity of 40/60 in all managerial positions within the company by 2030.