IKEA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2030

More than half of the IKEA climate footprint comes from the material in the products and production. IKEA has announced the following actions for production, with some **** noted below:

  • By 2025 latest, phase out all coal- and oil-based fuels used on-site** in production
  • By 2030, Strive towards 100% renewable energy (electricity, heating, cooling and other fuels) in production
  • By 2030, reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from production by 80% compared to financial year 2016
  • By 2030, aiming for 2025, call to action to enable a phase-out of coal- and oil-based fuels at direct textile suppliers in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey

IKEA walks the walk to a large degree in carbon reduction. It is one of the founders of RE100 – which works with multinational corporation to help them set target years for when they will be powered 100% by renewable energy – and has pledged to “Accelerate our efforts to inspire and enable our customers to live a healthy and sustainable life at home”, says Lena Pripp-Kovac, Head of Sustainability at Inter IKEA Group.

IKEA wind farm in Alberta, Canada. Photo by Keith Arkins

Currently, coal- and oil-based fuels account for 17% of the IKEA climate footprint from its own factories and direct home furnishing, component and catalogue suppliers.

Ms Pripp-Kovac adds “We are also developing a low-impact glue for our wood-based products which can reduce the total IKEA footprint by up to 6%.”

On the ***** side of these commitments,  they are more about defining the limits of what they can do considering they still need to use outside suppliers in their manufacturing. The scope of their commitment includes “production at their own factories and direct home furnishing, component and catalogue suppliers”. It also includes fuels used for internal transport, e.g. forklifts and trucks, but excludes company cars and external transports to and from the supplier or factory.

In regards to the textiles, the scope excludes textile suppliers within Category Area (CA) Textiles in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey.

IKEA is taking positive steps across their entire operations, though, in high profile and seemingly insignificant ways. For instance, they are continuously working to improve the efficiency of the LED-bulbs in the stores and introduce more plant-based choices in IKEA restaurants.

»» You can find out more about the IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy 

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