Four people are in the forest clearing wearing outdoor jackets. One of them is pointing upwards towards a tree trunk.

What does “climate positive” mean?

We are committed to becoming climate positive. That means we will strive to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions wherever possible across our entire value chain: sourcing and extracting raw materials, manufacturing and transporting products, our stores, customer travel to stores, product use in customers’ homes and product end-of-life. We will reduce emissions in absolute terms, while continuing to grow the IKEA business. We will store carbon in land, plants and IKEA products and not rely on carbon offsetting. By taking a scientific approach and working together with our partners, suppliers and customers around the world, we will make this happen by 2030.

Cutting total emissions across the value chain, while the business grows.

  • Reducing GHG emissions by at least 15% across the whole IKEA value chain, in absolute terms, by 2030 (compared to 2016). Accounting for our estimated growth over the same period, this is equivalent to cutting the average climate footprint per product by 70%.
  • Striving towards 100% renewable energy throughout the entire IKEA value chain.
  • Becoming truly circular and designing products from the very beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled. This will reduce the need to extract and process materials – the biggest contributor to our footprint.

Storing carbon

  • Developing and improving practices to store carbon through carbon sequestration within the IKEA value chain, for example through even better forest management
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.

Going beyond the IKEA value chain

  • Addressing a footprint larger than the IKEA value chain. For example, by working with our direct suppliers to reduce their total footprint across their entire factories, we will together address a footprint around four times larger than that caused by the manufacturing of IKEA products.
  • Inspiring and supporting our customers, visitors and the many people in living a better life within the limits of the planet, including saving energy and generating renewable energy at home.

Taking the lead and engaging with others to inspire action towards a low-carbon society.

  • Advocate policy changes to support the transition to a low-carbon society.
  • Partnering and collaborating with peers, governments, NGOs, and others to tackle climate change.

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

The IKEA climate footprint is estimated to be 26.9 million tonnes CO2e8 – accounting for 0.1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve broken it down to different stages of the value chain, and identified key initiatives that will make us reach our goals.

Climate footprint at each stage of the IKEA value chain and how the IKEA business will become climate positive by 2030

Raw materials

36,4%

Designing products to enable repurpose, repair, reuse, recycle
Using renewable and recycled materials
Storing carbon through forest management
Food ingredients

3,9%

Sourcing food ingredients sustainably
Introducing more plant based food options
Cutting food waste 
Production

11,9%

Generating and using renewable energy
Increasing energy efficiency
Product transport

3,9%

Reducing shipments
Replacing fossil fuels
Using new low-emission transport options
Retail & other own operations

2,7%

Improving energy efficiency
Using and generating renewable energy
Customer travel & home deliveries

15,5%

Enabling low-carbon customer travel and home deliveries
Product use at home

22,2%

Designing our products to be as energy-efficient as possible
Product end-of-life

3,5%

Providing services to give products and materials a second life