The benefits of biofuel
One-third of all IKEA truck transports within Sweden use HVO, a biofuel that’s nearly identical to conventional diesel – except for the bad stuff. HVO is made from 100% renewable materials like waste cooking oil, animal fat and in some cases first generation biofuel. It produces up to 90% less greenhouse gas emissions than fossil diesel. We only use second generation biofuel that is produced from waste.
Biofuels are almost too good to be true. They can be derived directly from plants or indirectly from agricultural, commercial, domestic, and industrial waste, which means they don’t exploit the planet. Biofuels are also carbon-neutral – the CO2 released is equal to the CO2 that was absorbed by the plants during their lifetime.
Even though the use of biofuels is not a long-term solution, we believe that it is a stepping stone to more sustainable solutions in the future.
Transport by rail – stable and sustainable
From a climate perspective, trains are an excellent alternative to conventional diesel-powered trucks. The well-established rail network and the availability of low-carbon electricity in Europe makes it a practical, clean and green way to deliver goods from distribution centres to most IKEA stores in Europe.
Rail freight reduces CO₂ emissions and eliminates pollutants along transport routes. Intermodal rail transport – the use of more than one type of transportation for a journey to optimise climate efficiency – currently accounts for 8% of IKEA goods transport. We will increase this rate significantly in the future.