Director Resource Policy and Recycling
Electrolux Sustainability Affairs
Karl Edsjö is the Director of Resource efficiency policy and recycling at Electrolux Group. He began his career at Electrolux after graduating from Stockholm University with a Master’s degree in population ecology in 1995 and working as a teacher from 1996 to 1999. In 2000 Karl completed another Master’s degree, this time in environmental management and began working for Electrolux in several different roles relating to environment and sustainability. Karl has worked within communication and reporting, environmental management and public affairs and has covered topics relating to product performance, end-of-life management and resource efficiency. Currently he is focussing on circular economy topics such as sustainable materials and new business models.
Circular challenges and opportunities for appliance makers
For Electrolux, the Circular Economy started at the beginning of the 1990s, but we still have some way to go.
The notion of a circular economy has risen several times since the beginning of the 1970s, though under different names each time. Electrolux jumped on the wagon in the 1990s together with The Natural Step and identified a number of the key elements including product as a service, refurbishment, design for recycling and use of recycled materials. But now the whole movement is so much stronger than it has been before. Will we now see some fundamental change in the way we produce and consume? What we certainly see is that awareness about environmental issues is at its highest ever and that the environmental challenges have gone more and more from local to becoming truly global such as climate change, plastic pollution and the extinction of species. With these increased threats and a heightened awareness we see that companies, and by that their suppliers, are expected to deliver more radical action. Electrolux is looking to step up efforts to reduce climate impacts, reduce impacts from resource consumption and offer solutions that goes beyond mere product selling.
Thursday, 12 September 2019, 10:45 - 11:20