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What does being climate positive mean for IKEA?

We are committed to becoming climate positive by 2030. That means we will reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than our value chain emits while growing the IKEA business. Our responsibility stretches across the entire value chain of our business: from the materials we use, manufacturing and transporting of products, our stores, customer travel and home deliveries, product use in customers’ homes and product end-of-life. By taking a scientific approach and working together with our partners, suppliers and customers around the world, we will make it happen!

Our ambition is to become climate positive by 2030, we will do this by:

Drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms from all parts of the IKEA value chain

  • Enable sustainable consumption and transform into a circular business by inspiring and enabling people to live better lives within the limits of the planet.
  • Striving towards 100% renewable energy and a phase-out of fossil fuels.
  • Improving energy efficiency in the IKEA business operations, the supply chain, and towards IKEA customers through the products and services we offer.
  • Using more sustainable materials and food ingredients, e.g. with ambition to only use renewable or recycled materials in our products by 2030 and continuing to source raw materials for both home furnishing and food products, from more sustainable sources, certified by third parties such as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).
A co-worker inspects solar panels on top of an IKEA store. Apartment blocks can be seen in a distance.
Solar panels on top of an IKEA store.

Storing carbon in land, plants and products

  • Exploring and improving ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in forests, agriculture and products.
  • Ensuring that carbon remains stored in IKEA products longer through the circular economy.
  • Exploring and improving ways to store carbon through even better forest management and agricultural practices.

Going beyond the IKEA value chain

  • Addressing a footprint larger than the IKEA value chain. For example, by collaborating with our customers, suppliers and partners to reduce their total GHG emissions.
  • Enabling our customers to generate renewable energy at home through solar panels and other renewable energy services.
  • Supporting and partnering with our almost 1000 direct home furnishing suppliers to reduce the total footprint of their factories, not just the manufacturing for the IKEA business.

This will enable us to address a footprint around four times larger than that from the production of IKEA products.

The goal is for all IKEA products to be 100% circular

The IKEA climate footprint in FY19 is estimated to be 24.9 million tonnes CO2 eq – accounting for 0.1% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We’ve broken it down to different stages of the value chain, and identified key initiatives that will make us reach our goals.

Materials

42%

Designing products to enable a circular economy.
Using renewable and recycled materials.
Developing a bio-based glue for boards.
Food ingredients

4%

A plant-based alternative to the iconic meatball.
Securing more sustainable feed for animals.
Sourcing ingredients from more sustainable sources.

Production

11%

Reaching an absolute reduction through renewable electricity.
Preparing for one of the world’s largest PV installations.
Replacing natural gas with biogas at IKEA suppliers.

Product transport

5%

Developing sustainable biofuel for shipping.
Transports using only rail or biofuel in Sweden.
Continously increasing the share of multi-modal transport solutions.

Retail & other own operations

3%

Reaching 100% renewable electricity by FY25.
Retrofitting buildings with renewable energy solutions.
Customer travel & home deliveries

11%

Enabling customers to travel to and from IKEA in a sustainable way.
Achieving 100% electric home deliveries.

Product use at home

20%

Enabling customers to use renewable energy at home.
Significantly improving the energy efficiency of lighting and appliances to help customers to save energy.
Product end-of-life

4%

Designing our products and services to enable a second life for products.
Eliminating waste throughout our own operations.