Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar, Wind - March 7, 2017
IKEA continues EV charging station rollout
EV charging stations outside an IKEA store are shown in this photo provided by IKEA.
Continuing with its sustainable energy initiatives, IKEA on March 7 announced plans to install three electric vehicle charging stations at a new store opening in Columbus, Ohio.
The installation will expand the home furnishing retailer's use of EV charging at its stores in the U.S. through a partnership with Car Charging Group Inc., which owns the Blink brand of stations already in use at 16 IKEA locations.
"Installing EV charging stations at the future IKEA Columbus reinforces our commitment to sustainability," store manager David Garcia said in a news release. "As a retailer, IKEA realizes that a focus on the sustainable transport of people can help empower customers to live sustainably. So, meeting the needs of EV drivers helps achieve both goals."
In the U.S., IKEA's sustainable energy efforts also include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, skylights in warehouse areas and selling only LED bulbs. Consistent with its goal to be energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings worldwide and owns nearly 350 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.