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Climate action

Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. In today’s world, this means setting goals and working to transform our business and value chain to drastically reduce our climate footprint. It’s our responsibility to the home we share and what our customers and co-workers expect.

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We are committed to doing our part to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C by becoming net-zero latest 2050.

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A clear strategy

We’ve set ambitious goals. This includes committing to becoming climate positive by 2030. This means reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the full IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business.

More on the IKEA Sustainability Strategy

Becoming climate positive

This means reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. We are committed to reducing the climate footprint of the IKEA value chain in line with the 1.5°C target – including halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

Three clear climate goals

To reduce our climate footprint we have set the following strategic goals, in order of priority:

1. Drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions

We will work to achieve this goal by using more materials and food ingredients with a low climate footprint, striving towards electrification, 100% renewable energy and continually improving energy efficiency, promoting choices with a lower climate footprint, and transforming into a circular business.

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Materials make up 52.2% of the total IKEA climate footprint

To reduce our climate footprint, it’s important to focus on the largest areas in terms of volume and climate footprint: wood, metals, paper, textile furnishings and plastics. Together they represent about 90% of our material needs and climate footprint, with wood-based materials representing 60% of our material needs. As part of our commitment to reducing the climate footprint of our materials, we aim to reach 100% renewable or recycled materials by 2030.

Enabling our suppliers to reach 100% renewable electricity

We’re committed to reaching the goal of 100% renewable electricity for all IKEA operations by 2030 and we want to enable our supply partners to achieve this goal as well. We’re providing two ways to help them convert: by financing on-site investments and enabling the purchasing of renewable electricity.

100% renewable electricity in more IKEA markets

We reached 100% renewable electricity in our retail and centers operations across 23 countries in 2021. This is particularly satisfying as local availability, policies and regulations can make this challenging. We also took the final step to secure that all IKEA owned factories only consume renewable electricity – globally.

Creating markets for second-hand items

A growing number of IKEA markets buy back IKEA furniture from customers who no longer need it and re-sell these good-quality second-hand items to new customers in the As-is areas. IKEA Sweden has tested a pop-up store stocked entirely with second-hand IKEA products.

Helping products live longer

We are offering more and more spare parts to enable customers to prolong the life of their IKEA products. To make it even easier for customers to get spare parts, we have launched an easy-to-use online ordering solution globally.

2. Removing and storing carbon through forestry, agriculture and products

The next step in halving our climate footprint is removing CO₂ from the atmosphere through natural processes. To do this we will store CO₂ through better forestry and agriculture management practices. A circular economy will also help to ensure that carbon remains stored in our products and materials for longer.

IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030
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IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030

3. Going beyond IKEA

We will take extended responsibility for the climate footprint of our customers, suppliers and sourcing. To do this we will enable customers to generate renewable energy at home, and encourage our suppliers to transform entire factories or operations to renewable energy - not just the part used for IKEA production.

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Goal: No carbon offsets

We hope to achieve our climate positive goals without using carbon offsets, as we believe that we need to address the root causes of our climate footprint within our own value chain or in connection to our customers, suppliers and sourcing areas. Only by doing so can we transform into a sustainable business.