Climate change is happening now, which is why we at the IKEA Group are determined to play a part in preventing it by improving our overall energy efficiency and reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases.
IKEA will gradually phase out inefficient incandescent lighting by 2010 and is working to find alternatives. IKEA is developing a range of more energy efficient light source solutions based on three main techniques; CFL (compact fluorescent lighting), halogen and LED (light-emitting-diode).
The CFL in the SPARSAM range of lighting allows energy savings of up to 80 percent, and last up to 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. They contain small amounts of mercury and IKEA offers recycling stations for customers to recycle their bulbs.
The long term direction is for all IKEA Group buildings to be supplied with renewable energy. In addition, we want to improve the IKEA Group's overall energy efficiency by 25 percent compared with 2005. Among other things we will use energy-saving light bulbs where possible, will have the lights on only when warehouses are open, and will install extra insulation to save on energy for heating and cooling.
Then we are going to make sure that all IKEA Group stores, warehouses, distribution centres, factories and offices are heated and cooled using renewable fuels such as wind, water, solar power, biofuels and geothermal energy.
Our products are transported in flat-packs so we get more items in each load. This results in fewer journeys which equates to less fuel consumption and fewer emissions.
A network of transport companies helps us move our products from factories to stores, via distribution centres and warehouses. Transport service providers must commit to our code of conduct - The IKEA Way on Distributing Home Furnishing Products – which details, among other requirements, use of modern vehicles with cleaner fuels, and emissions targets.
We also work to provide our customers and co-workers with the possibility to leave their cars at home and come to IKEA by public transport. For customers considering using public transport, we offer a convenient home-delivery service.
When we are planning a new IKEA store, the issue of good public transport links is an important consideration. And we are working to improve access to our existing stores by bus or train. In many cities we even run a free bus service to and from our stores.
IKEA offers a home-delivery service for customers considering using public transport, and all IKEA Group company cars will be "green" by 2010.