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Ikea sets out carbon emission target

Ikea has set out plans to be climate positive by 2030, including cutting its production greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of those in 2016.

‘By 2030 our ambition is to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire Ikea value chain emits, while growing the Ikea business. This will require a transformational change for our supply chain and how our products are designed,’ says Torbjörn Lööf, Inter Ikea Group ceo.

In 2016, the group said its direct suppliers and factories released 3.4million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. Lööf wants this cut by 80%.

More than half of the Ikea climate footprint comes from the material in the products and production. To transform into a low carbon business, Ikea is moving towards recycled and renewable materials and is pushing for lightweight constructions.

It also wants to move to 100% renewable energy (electricity, heating, cooling and other fuels) in production by 2030, where feasible; by 2025 it will phase out all coal- and oil-based fuels used on-site in production, where feasible and wants textile suppliers in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey to phase-out coal- and oil-based fuels by 2013 with a target of 2025.

‘We will also accelerate our efforts to inspire and enable our customers to live a healthy and sustainable life at home,’ says Lena Pripp-Kovac, Inter Ikea Group head of sustainability. ‘Every action matters. For example, we will further improve the efficiency of our LED-bulbs and introduce more plant-based choices in our restaurants. We are also developing a low-impact glue for our wood-based products which can reduce the total Ikea footprint by up to 6%.’

‘We will take the lead and engage with others – from suppliers all the way to our customers and partners – to take action towards a low-carbon society. Through our strength, size and set-up we can have a huge positive impact,’ says Lööf.