IKEA supports the Exponential Roadmap and the 1.5° C degree pledge

In light of the Climate Summit in New York (23 – 29 September, 2019) and the focus on taking action to drastically limit climate change, IKEA re-affirms its ambitious climate agenda and commitment to become climate positive by 2030 by supporting the Exponential Roadmap* and signing ‘Business Ambition for 1.5° C‘.

IKEA supports the ambition of the Exponential Roadmap to halve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in absolute terms by 2030 and has signed the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C‘ - launched by several UN bodies, ‘We Mean Business‘ and others.

“Our ambition is to become climate positive by 2030. Through our size we have a great opportunity and responsibility to make a positive difference and we are committed to do our part to meet the 1.5°C target. IKEA will eliminate GHG emissions wherever possible across the total value chain and store carbon in land, plants and products. And we will not rely on carbon offsetting,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac, Head of Sustainability at Inter IKEA Group.

Becoming climate positive by 2030 means reducing more GHG emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. This includes limiting global warming to 1.5°C**. The IKEA value chain includes sourcing and extracting raw materials, manufacturing and transporting products, our stores, the customer travel to stores, product use in customers’ homes and product end-of-life. 

To reach net-negative emissions, IKEA will go beyond the IKEA business – for instance through avoided emissions for customers and working with suppliers to reduce their entire footprint. As a result, the IKEA ambition is to reach net-negative emissions without purchasing carbon offset certificates. 

The main targets to reduce gross GHG emissions across the IKEA value chain focus particularly on reducing emissions from sourcing and extracting materials and production which today account for the largest share of the IKEA climate footprint:

  • By 2030, reduce the absolute GHG emissions from production by 80% compared to financial year 2016*

    • Strive towards 100% renewable energy (electricity, heating, cooling and other fuels) in production by 2030, where feasible
    • Latest 2025, phase out all coal- and oil-based fuels used on-site* in production, where feasible – significantly reducing climate footprint and improving air quality
    *Scope excludes textile suppliers within Category Area (CA) Textiles in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey.)
  • By end of 2030, all IKEA products will be designed from the very beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold or recycled.
  • By end of 2030, all materials used will be renewable or recycled.
  • Increasing the plant-based choices in the IKEA food offer, such as the veggie hot dog, the veggie ball and the plant-based meatball (planned to launch August 2020). Other examples include plant-based soft ice. 
  • The largest IKEA retailer Ingka Group will reduce absolute GHG emissions from retail and other own operations by 80% compared to FY16.

    • By 2025, aim for 100% home deliveries by electric vehicles (EV) or other zero-emission solutions. (Ingka Group).

Find out more about the IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy that sets the direction for all IKEA franchisees, three focus areas and our achievements to date in our latest sustainability and climate reports.

*The Exponential Climate Action Roadmap outlines the global economic transformation required by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement on climate. The ExponentialRoadmap.org initiative brings together technology innovators, scientists, companies and NGOs such as Future Earth, WWF and Stockholm Resilience Centre. It was published in September 2018 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

**IKEA will reduce GHG emissions from the total value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3) in line with the IPCC 1.5°C report (pathway 2). The IPCC 1.5°C report is a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Read more about the IPCC 1.5°C report and pathway 2 here.

About IKEA 

IKEA offers well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. There are several companies with different owners, working under the IKEA Brand, all sharing the same vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.

Inter IKEA Group

Inter IKEA Group consists of three core businesses: Franchise, Range & Supply and Industry. Within the Franchise business, Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA Concept and the worldwide IKEA franchisor. It develops and offers the IKEA Concept to IKEA franchisees worldwide, enabling the long-term fulfilment of the IKEA business idea. In the Range & Supply business, IKEA of Sweden AB is responsible for developing, designing and producing home furnishing solutions to address the everyday needs of the many people. In addition, IKEA Supply AG is the wholesale company that supplies the IKEA franchisees with IKEA products. Lastly, the Industry business is a manufacturer of wood based IKEA Products.