IKEA gets greener and greener by the year

2014 saw big results for greener solutions at IKEA. During the year, the company committed to own a further 87 wind turbines and installed an extra 150,000 solar panels, which […]

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By Taryn Nixon

2014 saw big results for greener solutions at IKEA.

During the year, the company committed to own a further 87 wind turbines and installed an extra 150,000 solar panels, which they claim brings them closer to producing more renewable energy than what they will consume by 2020.

In the UK last year IKEA completed their roll-out of solar panels to all 18 UK stores and invested £9 million to upgrade all lighting to LED. This helped to reduce energy use by 5% according to IKEA’s sustainability report for 2014.

Around 75% of all IKEA’s lighting products sold were LED or LED compatible.

So far €66 million (£49m) has been saved through energy efficiency efforts since 2010.

The green energy efforts are part of their ‘People & Planet Positive’ plan that is designed to make IKEA completely sustainable and give customers the option to live a more sustainable life at home.

The company says its plans are to commit 100% to clean energy by 2020 and plans to have invested €1.5 billion (£1.1bn) in renewable energy products by the end of this year.

Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group said: “Through our People & Planet Positive strategy, we want to make IKEA completely sustainable. I’m proud to say that we’re making good progress in transforming the supply of key materials, with over ¾ of our cotton and 41% of our wood now from more sustainable sources, and we’re investing in renewable energy to bring us closer to our goal of being energy independent.”