The “100% zero emissions” quest starts here
The journey towards the zero emissions goal starts with five cities on three continents: Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai. And Ingka Group wants it to go even faster, so the deadline has been brought forward: 100% of IKEA deliveries in these cities will be emission-free as soon as 2020.
“Transformation will not happen by simply replacing combustion engines with electric engines, while everything else stays the same. This transition will require challenging our current ways of working and finding service partners who want to join us on our journey,” says Angela Hultberg.
“It is important to consider that the overall climate footprint can actually be increased by electrification, if for example, the electricity is generated from coal. We are therefore committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity”, she says.
Shanghai first city to reach the goal
“In Shanghai, we are managing more than 900 daily home deliveries, and we are proud to say we have already reached our goal of using only electric vehicles to make all home deliveries,” says Ken Zhong, Service Fulfilment Operations Manager China, Ingka Group.
Electric vehicles are also deployed in Australia, France and India, with more countries on the way. As Angela Hultberg puts it, “The technology is already good enough, and we have experience from different markets to help us make these strategies become reality – the time to act is now!”