IKEA pledges to become people & planet positive by 2030


June 7, 2018 | By RetailME Bureau

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA takes sustainable living to a new level with new commitments to become people and planet positive by 2030. At the Democratic Design Days in Älmhult, IKEA announced new commitments to inspire and enable sustainable living – making it easier for people to reduce their climate impact and contribute to a world without waste.

“Our ambition is to become people and planet positive by 2030 while growing the IKEA business. Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet,” says Inter IKEA Group CEO, Torbjörn Lööf.

IKEA’s commitments for 2030 include designing all products with new circular principles, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials. Offer services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products. All single-use plastic products will be removed from the IKEA range globally and from customer and co-worker restaurants in stores by 2020. Increase the proportion of plant-based choices in the IKEA food offer. Becoming climate positive and reducing the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70% per product alongside achieving zero emissions home deliveries by 2025. And expand the offer of affordable home solar solutions to 29 IKEA markets by 2025.

“Becoming truly circular means meeting people’s changing lifestyles, prolonging the life of products and materials and using resources in a smarter way. To make this a reality, we will design all products from the very beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled,” states sustainability manager, Lena Pripp-Kovac.

To become climate positive, IKEA will reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than the value chain emits by drastically reducing the climate footprint of the products and operations in absolute terms, capturing and storing carbon within the value chain and working together with home furnishing suppliers across their entire factories (not just the manufacturing for IKEA). In addition, IKEA will enable customers to save and generate renewable energy at home.

“Change will only be possible if we collaborate with others and nurture entrepreneurship. We are committed to taking the lead working together with everyone – from raw material suppliers all the way to our customers and partners”, adds Lööf.

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