IKEA commits to zero emission deliveries in five cities by 2020

It will deploy 100% electric vehicle fleets in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai

By Jonny Bairstow

IKEA has committed to using zero emission vehicles for home delivery in five major cities by 2020.

The firm aims to be using only electric vehicles (EVs) for its last-mile courier services in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by this time.

It suggests this will be an important step towards achieving its science-based targets, contributing to the Paris Agreement and becoming climate positive by 2030.

The homeware and furniture retailer aims for 100% of its home deliveries around the world to be made by EVs or other zero-emission solutions by 2025, with it to provide access to charging stations at stores, offices and distribution centers by 2020.

Jesper Brodin, CEO of IKEA, said: “We challenge ourselves and inspire others as we can only achieve the change that’s needed together.

“For us it’s crucial to grow our business in a sustainable way– that’s why we’re speeding up the transition to EVs in five inner city areas.”