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IKEA - 100% Renewable Power by 2020


The first IKEA store, located in Älmhult in Sweden not far from where the founder was born. Photo credit: Christian Koehn/wikipedia

Ikea Windfarm, UK

Ikea Solar-Roof, Southampton, UK

IKEA stores around the world. Photo credit: Peeperman/wikipedia

Project:

IKEA 100% Powered by Wind and Solar

 

Summary:

The IKEA Group is committed to producing as much energy as is consumed in their stores and buildings no later than 2020. To this end, the company has invested €1.5 billion ($1.8 US billion) in wind and solar projects. 

 

In the US, 34 IKEA stores and distribution centers now have solar installations. As of November 2012, five more are in progress. This means 90% of IKEA's stores and distribution centers will be partly powered by solar. In the Western states, there are also 33 electric vehicle charging stations at 9 stores.

 

To ensure that the renewable electricity produced is used wisely, IKEA Group also plans to improve efficiency of its operations by at least 20% and is encouraging suppliers to do so as well. The company has already converted all their lighting to long lasting LEDs that use up to 85% less power than conventional bulbs. IKEA additionally offers energy and water efficient appliances at low prices. 

 

These energy measures are part of a broader sustainability strategy. IKEA Group is also aims for renewable, recyclable or recycled products and packing materials and a supply chain based on safe chemicals and responsible stewardship of forests, water and farmland.

 

 


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