IKEA UK invests in more measures to create renewable energy
These efforts form part of the company’s global ‘IKEA Goes Renewable’ project (2) which aims to secure that all IKEA operations across the world will use 100% renewable energy in the long-term.
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.
John Sauven, Executive Director, Greenpeace UK said:
The company is also investing close to £4 million in fitting over 39,000 photovoltaic (solar) panels to the rooftops of 10 IKEA stores (3) 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.
IKEA UK aims for all installation work to be complete by March 2012. In total, 31,000m2 of roof space will be covered by solar panels, which will generate around 1,600,000 kWh per year, enough to power 492 homes (4). Built to operate effectively for 25 years, it is anticipated that the solar panels will reduce IKEA UK’s CO2 consumption on average by 662 tonnes per year during this first 25 years of the installations’ operation.
The solar panel initiative follows news that installing energy efficient measures has helped the home furnishings company reduce energy consumption by 19% (5). Since 2005 the company has opened six new stores with only a 10% increase in combined energy use.
Commenting on both initiatives, Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group said:
"We aim for all IKEA UK buildings to be fitted with solar panels in the long-term. As well as reducing our impact on the environment, these initiatives come with a strong financial incentive as consuming less energy means we spend less money, which helps us lower the prices on our products.”
“As part of our global ‘IKEA Goes Renewable’ programme, we are committed to heavily investing in making IKEA buildings more energy efficient and use more renewable energy. For example, our most recently built UK based stores in Coventry, Southampton and Dublin have been designed to incorporate measures that will have a major impact on these areas, including geothermal heating and cooling systems, biomass boilers and improved insulation. Following a thorough audit of all our existing buildings in the UK, we have also created action plans for each, which includes retro-fit measures to improve energy efficiency."