As you may have heard, today the United States formally requested withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, a landmark agreement to combat the climate crisis. At IKEA, we believe that we all – government, cities, businesses big and small, civil society, and citizens – must play a part in changing the direction of the crisis, and this is not the outcome we would have hoped for.
I want you to know that IKEA remains committed to the Paris Agreement, and we must play a part in reversing the direction of climate change. As part of our global People and Planet Positive Strategy, by 2030, our ambition is to become climate positive by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. We have also set science-based targets to ensure our business contributes to reaching the targets set under the Paris Agreement.
In the United States, we have made significant investments to help move towards becoming climate positive.
- A few months ago, Ingka Group invested in its first solar parks in the United States, in Utah and Texas, with a total capacity of 403 megawatts. This is in addition to the two wind farms we already own in Illinois and Texas, the solar arrays atop 90% of our US locations, two stores with geothermal systems, and six stores with fuel cell systems.
- We eliminated plastic bags in the US in 2008 and introduced mattress recycling in 2017.
- We have committed to 100% electric home deliveries in New York and Los Angeles by 2020 and have installed 124 electric vehicle charging stations at 37 of our stores here in the US.
- Through our partnership with American Forests, we’ve planted over 2.6 million trees. This is in addition to the 64,000 acres of forest that Ingka Group has purchased in Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina over the last several years to contribute to a more circular economy and ensure responsible forest management.
We are facing a climate crisis and global warming is no longer a distant threat, but a visible reality. It is affecting the lives of many millions of people around the world and we know that we are running out of time. We need to act, and we need to act now. I am happy to see that many American states, cities, and localities will continue to work towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, and I want to assure you that we will do the same.
We still have it in our own hands to turn challenges into solutions. I look forward to working together with you all to continue our important work on climate action.
All the best,
Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer
IKEA Retail US