Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - November 30, 2018
IKEA pledges 80% GHG cut
IKEA announced on Nov. 30 a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its production by 80 percent in absolute terms by 2030 from a baseline of 2016. The commitment applies to IKEA’s own factories and most of its direct suppliers.
A report by Reuters noted the announcement was made in the lead-up to a U.N. climate meeting in Katowice, Poland. “I hope for a leadership that steps up, sets clear targets and dares to nail a number of commitments without us having all the solutions,” said Torbjorn Loof, CEO of Inter IKEA. “That goes for governments, businesses, and other players,” he said, adding it was vital that emission targets are set in absolute terms.
In 2016, IKEA’s direct suppliers and own factories emitted 3.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. IKEA produces around 10 percent of its range itself and sources the rest from suppliers, according to the Reuters report. The company expects to hit its GHG reduction target through “efficiency across production and shifts to renewable energy, such as biomass-based for the energy-intensive particle-board production.”
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