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Climate change

IKEA wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from all aspects of our operations. This is why we work actively to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the entire value chain, from raw material extraction to products’ end-of-life.

IKEA Goes Renewable

IKEA aims to improve overall energy efficiency by 25 percent compared to 2005, in all IKEA stores, distribution centres, factories and offices. What’s more, our long-term direction is that all IKEA units will run entirely on renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.
We have decided to install photovoltaic (solar) panels to turn sunshine into electricity in around 150 stores and distribution centres over the next few years. The panels will provide these buildings with 10-25 percent of their electricity need.

Efficient transport of products

Goods transport by road, rail and sea between suppliers, distribution centres and stores account for a large portion of carbon dioxide emissions from IKEA operations. So it’s important to pack every container and every truck as full as possible so that we transport only a mimimum amount of air.
Another important factor is to use transport service providers that meet our environmental criteria. This is why they must use modern vehicles, have concrete emission targets and measure their CO2 emissions.

Efficient transport of people

IKEA wants to make it easier for customers and coworkers to leave their cars at home and use public transport to travel to and from our stores. When we plan a new IKEA store, good public transport is an important consideration, and in many cities we offer free shuttle buses between the city centre and the store. Some stores offer environmentally friendly home delivery of goods purchased.
IKEA also cooperates with WWF to develop more climate-friendly people transport solutions in the future.

Energy efficiency at IKEA suppliers

IKEA is developing tools for increased energy efficiency at suppliers. We believe we can help suppliers reduce their energy consumption and their energy costs, which in turn will make them more competitive.
In addition, IKEA and WWF run joint pilot projects with suppliers in Poland, Sweden and China to support energy efficiency and encourage the use of renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions.

A more sustainable life at home

IKEA strives to offer products and know-how that enable our customers to live a more sustainable life at home by saving energy and water and minimising household waste – simple measures that also saves on household expenses.
Together with our customers, we can make a difference and reduce our overall climate impact. Working in partnership with WWF, our initial focus is on solutions for kitchens, waste management and lighting.

Climate projects with WWF

IKEA cooperates with WWF on a number of projects to tackle climate change. The ambition is to identify and act on opportunities in the entire value chain, from raw material extraction to recycling IKEA products at the end of their life-cycle, and to help our customers become more climate smart.

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