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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

Posted By Kristine Lofgren On October 23, 2012 @ 5:22 pm In Environment,News,Renewable Energy,Solar Power,Wind Power | No Comments

IKEA, Energy Neutrality, Sustainable energy, wind power, solar power, LED lighting, induction cooking, plant a tree [1]

Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy [2] to their participation in the American Forests [3] plant-a-tree program [4], and today the company has unveiled what might be its most ambitious initiative to date. The Swedish furniture manufacturer has stated that it plans to not only transition to 100% renewable energy sources by 2020, but it will also plant more trees than it uses in production. IKEA also aims to limit sales to energy-efficient products like LED bulbs [5], refrigerators and induction stoves.

IKEA, Energy Neutrality, Sustainable energy, wind power, solar power, LED lighting, induction cooking, plant a tree [6]

By investing in additional solar and wind energy, IKEA plans to produce [7] as much energy as it consumes. IKEA currently owns extensive wind farms and solar panels, which currently account for 27% of the company’s energy use. IKEA plans to increase this number to 70% by 2016 and to 100% by 2020.

IKEA currently refrains from using trees grown in tropical forests, which are essential to the planet and are rapidly depleting. To supplement this, IKEA [8] plans to plant as many trees as it uses each year to create its products. The new plan will require an initial investment of nearly 2 billion dollars

Dubbed the People and Planet Positive strategy, the initiative is not only expected to have a positive impact on the environment but to save the company and consumers money, a model that may just motivate other businesses to jump on the sustainability track. “This will be a great driver of innovation,” said Mikael Ohlsson, president of IKEA.

Via Reuters [9]

Images © Michael Ely [10] and Jonathan Thacker [11]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/10/ikea-solar-array-minnesota-plans-energy-neutral.jpg

[2] investment in renewable energy: http://inhabitat.com/twin-cities-ikea-powers-up-minnesotas-largest-solar-array/

[3] American Forests: http://www.americanforests.org/

[4] plant-a-tree program: http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/about_ikea/plant_trees.html

[5] LED bulbs: http://inhabitat.com/greenwave-reality-launches-wifi-enabled-led-light-bulbs-that-can-be-controlled-with-a-smartphone/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/ikea-announces-plans-to-become-100-energy-neutral-by-2020/ikea-energy-neutral-2020-sustainability-trees/

[7] plans to produce: http://inhabitat.com/general-motors-joins-ikea-and-wal-mart-among-top-solar-power-users-in-u-s/

[8] IKEA: http://inhabitat.com/ikea-announces-that-it-will-sell-only-led-lighting-by-2016/

[9] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/22/us-ikea-idUSBRE89L1LZ20121022?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

[10] Michael Ely: http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/3464

[11] Jonathan Thacker: http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/46229

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