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100% Renewable Energy Goal
80% Renewable Electricity by 2015 With Ultimate Goal of 100% Renewable Electricity
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IKEA has set a goal to get all of its electricity from renewable sources with an 80% target by 2015.
Ikea Sustainability officer Steve Howard says, "Taking care of people and the environment is integral to how we do business, so we are continually working to significantly reduce our carbon footprint from all parts of our operations, while helping to reduce CO2 emissions in society. We believe that our wind farm and solar panel initiatives mark a major milestone in our ambition to source 100% renewable energy.”
According to the company's UK website, IKEA UK has invested in a 12.3 Megawatt (MW) wind farm in Huntly, Aberdeenshire in North Scotland. The wind farm consists of seven turbines, each generating 1.75MW, producing a combined 24,700,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This is equivalent to the electricity consumption of five IKEA stores, or 30% of the company’s total electricity consumption in the UK.
The company is also investing close to £4 million in fitting over 39,000 photovoltaic (solar) panels to the rooftops of 10 IKEA stores to turn sunshine into electricity. This will provide on average 5% of each store’s electricity needs, or almost enough energy to power around half of one of the company’s 18 UK based stores with solar energy alone.