Electrolux: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)3%
Annual (2019)1%
Water Performance
Cumulative (Vs. Baseline)4%
Annual (2018)7%

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI), and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. The Electrolux portfolio includes four facilities as of 2019. The new Anderson, SC refrigeration factory  is built with state of the art energy efficient equipment and is expected to significantly reduce the company’s energy use in the coming years. The Electrolux energy management program includes cross-functional energy teams working toward continuous improvement through project implementation, best practices sharing, employee engagement, and more. This approach has been highly effective and instrumental in being recognized as an industry leader in the Household Durables category in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. With an energy intensity improvement of 3.47 percent since its baseline year of 2015 and with many energy efficiency projects in the pipeline, Electrolux is on track to meet its 25 percent reduction in energy intensity target by 2026.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. The majority of Electrolux facilities participating in the challenge have improved energy performance over the last year. Several actions taken by Electrolux have contributed to their overall energy efficiency improvement. This includes lighting automation and LED upgrades, variable speed air compressors and upgrading Injection molding.


Electrolux produces different products and as a result uses different metrics to calculate plant-level energy intensity. Depending on the plant, Electrolux calculates energy intensity in terms of source energy consumed (in MMBtus) divided by the number of freezers, wall ovens, slide in ovens and specialty products. The percent change in energy intensity is tracked for each facility on both a monthly and annual basis. Electrolux normalizes its plant-level numbers to account for changes in production volume, product mix and heating and cooling degree days. These metrics are rolled up to the corporate level, with a corporate-wide percent improvement in energy intensity calculated by taking a weighted average of the percent change in energy intensity at the individual facilities.


Better Plants Water Savings partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide water use intensity (WUI) compared to a set baseline year. Electrolux's water portfolio comprises of 5 facilities as of 2018.  With an water intensity improvement of 4.4% since its baseline year of 2016 and with many water efficiency projects in the pipeline, Electrolux is on track to meet its 20% reduction in water intensity target by 2027. Electrolux has improved its water use intensity by conducting water audits to better understand water use and identify improvement opportunities, applying leak detection and correction, and implementing improvements in process controls and cooling tower operations.