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Our view on decarbonising transport

All IKEA products go through a journey – from the supplier to a distribution centre and/or a store before they reach the homes of millions of people who love our products. This journey has an impact on people and our planet which gives us a big responsibility, strong sense of purpose, and the opportunity to do great things. We are rethinking everything – the materials we use, energy consumption in our operations, and how we can prolong our products' lives – and not the least, how our products are moved through our supply chain.

By 2030, we are committed to becoming climate positive through reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. For transport and logistics, our goals is to reduce the carbon footprint from every transport we do by an average of 70% and by 80% in absolute terms from our logistics operations.

Our ambitious decarbonise agenda guides us throughout this journey. We are committed to reducing, replacing, and rethinking the ways we supply our products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We work with a diversified portfolio of initiatives and solutions, short- and long-term simultaneously with the same sense of urgency.

Reduce is about increasing efficiencies in everything we do. We work together with our carriers to reduce fuel consumption, increase equipment utilisation, and optimise our transport network.

Replace is about replacing fossil fuels. We are switching to intermodal solutions, increasing the use of more sustainable fuels, and striving for electrification of freight fleets.

Rethink is about integrating innovations and new technologies into our value chain. We are rethinking everything by being open to new ideas, thinking outside the box, and collaborating with others to drive innovation.

We have also designed three focus areas to guide us towards our targets. These areas aim to provide a decarbonise compass on the direction and simplify our decision-making along the way:

  • Maximising efficiencies – there is still a big potential to reduce the carbon footprint with efficiency measures. We reduce our energy consumption and become more efficient in everything we do.
  • Go fossil-free – in line with the IKEA People & Planet Positive Strategy, we aim to end our dependency on fossil fuels. 
  • Switch to zero-emission – we switch to zero-emission technologies that are more energy and carbon-efficient and do not emit any air pollutants.

“Since we started our decarbonise journey, we have achieved a lot. However, the world is in a countdown mode to limit climate change effects, and there is a need to speed up. We need to do even more to reach our goals. But we cannot achieve these goals alone. Nor do we have all the answers. We invite our partners and other companies to join us on the journey to reduce, replace and rethink. Together we can create a positive change and build a more sustainable future”, says Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld Sustainability Manager Supply Chain Operations at Inter IKEA Group. “We must gear up for the journey ahead of us. By working even closer together, thinking outside the box and accelerate the sustainable pathways to the future.”

We are excited to share concrete examples from across the IKEA transport and logistics supply chain in our annual Co-creating a Sustainable Future catalogue. Let these good examples instil confidence and inspire us to accelerate our common climate journey!

Related links

Co-creating a sustainable future for the many people
Zero-emission fuels for ocean shipping
IKEA Sustainability and Climate reports FY21 

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