IKEA Group announced today that following the acquisition of a new wind farm and a commitment to buy a further two in Poland, it is set to become energy independent in its own operations in the country by the end of 2015. Poland now joins IKEA Group operations in Sweden and the USA as being on-track for energy independence, producing more energy from renewable sources than they consume in their buildings. This is part of the IKEA Group goal to become energy independent globally by 2020.
Once operational in late 2015, a total of six wind farms in Poland will produce an estimated 473 GWh of electricity each year. Together with the heat energy produced from biomass in IKEA Group factories in Poland, the IKEA Group will produce as much energy from renewable sources as it uses in all its Polish stores, shopping centres, factories, distribution centres and offices.
IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 314 wind turbines in nine* countries and has installed 700,000 solar panels on it buildings. The company aims to have invested and committed to invest EUR 1.5 billion in wind and solar power by the end of 2015.
“We want to have a positive impact on the planet and sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy. Our new wind farm investments will make IKEA Group energy independent in Poland, meaning we produce as much renewable energy as all the energy we use in our stores, shopping centres, factories, distribution centres and offices in the country,” said Evelyn Higler, CEO, IKEA Retail Poland.
“At IKEA, we see renewable energy as a fantastic opportunity to build a better business and to support a better everyday life for our customers. IKEA has both stores and our own factories in Poland and this is a key milestone towards our goal to be energy independent globally by 2020,” said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.
Once operational, the six IKEA Group wind farms in Poland will produce the equivalent to the following (calculated annually):
- The electricity needs of 225,000 average Polish households
- A reduction in CO2 emissions equal to 449,000 tonnes
- A reduction in CO2 emissions equal to taking 155,000 cars off the road
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About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. The IKEA Group with 147 000 co-workers, has 318 stores in 28 markets and operations in 43 countries. E-commerce is offered in 13 markets. There are more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com