This includes the purchase of a wind farm located in North Scotland, as well as the installation and operation of rooftop solar photovoltaic networks, enabling the company to offset on average more than 10,500 tonnes of CO2 per year (1).
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.
Earth, Wind and Buyer!
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.
This investment is IKEA UK’s first step in this area, and marks a further move to secure access to renewable energy production for the IKEA Group. The acquisition has increased the total number of wind turbines owned by the IKEA Group to 67.
John Sauven, Executive Director, Greenpeace UK said:
"The new IKEA wind farm is transforming words into action in a powerful way. It’s part of IKEA’s 100% renewable electricity plan that should be a beacon for other companies to follow. IKEA are providing a powerful voice to those who believe a better energy future for the world will come through energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy. Together, governments, organisations and individuals can change the way the world generates and uses energy."
IKEA 'rays' the roof
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:
"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.
"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."
IKEA UK wind farm in Huntly, Aberdeenshire
IKEA Southampton solar panels
Solar panels have been fitted at the IKEA Milton Keynes, Edmonton, Southampton and Warrington stores. These solar panel installations are now fully operational.
For further information
Claire Howes or Lois BlenkinsopIKEA UK & Ireland Press OfficeTel: 0845 2257126 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editor
1.Co2 offset calculation:
Comparison valueIKEA currently buys their electricity from Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE). In their ‘Fuel Mix’ calculation for April 2009 to March 2010, SSE produced 455g CO2/kWh generated.PV Solar PanelsIKEA UK & Ireland expect to offset 16,547 tonnes of CO2 during the first 25 years of the installations’ operations. To make an average, 16547/25 = 662 tonnes per year.Wind PowerIKEA UK & Ireland expect that on average 9919 tonnes of CO2 will be offset per year.TotalTherefore the average CO2 offset per year will be 10,581 tonnes.
2.‘IKEA Goes Renewable’ (IGR) is a global project to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from IKEA buildings. Our long term direction is that all IKEA buildings shall be supplied with 100% renewable energy. As a global company we also want to improve our overall energy efficiency by 25% compared to financial year 2005. All IKEA stores, distribution centres, factories and offices will, in the long term, run on renewable energy. IKEA defines renewable energy as energy derived from resources that are regenerated naturally or cannot be depleted. For more information refer to ‘The Never Ending Job Sustainability Report 2009 available at http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_GB/about_ikea/read_our_material/index.html
3.Solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of IKEA stores in Cardiff, Edmonton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Southampton, Warrington, Wednesbury and Wembley
4.This calculation is based on homes using the Ofgem average annual amounts of electricity (3,300kWh)
5.This calculation is based on 13 IKEA UK stores operating between 2005 - 2010
6.IKEA UK & Ireland was amongst the first retailers to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in December 2009
7.IKEA UK currently has 18 stores. IKEA UK & Ireland reported growth for the year to 31st August 2010, with like-for-like sales rising by 1% to £1.2 billion.