Circular and climate positive

Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a visible reality. This is a critical moment to take climate action. According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 2018, we have just 12 years to limit catastrophic climate change. The solutions already exist, but to limitthe effects of climate change we need drastic changes to how we live and how society consumes resources.

IKEA has an ambition to become climate positive, reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits. For us in Ingka Group this means generating renewable energy, consuming and purchasing renewable electricity while increasing energy efficiency and working to halve emissions from customer and co-worker travel. We go beyond our own operations by inspiring and enabling people to live in a more climate friendly way, for example, through the IKEA Home Solar offer, read more here. We also strive for zero waste in our own operations and develop services that support circular resource flows and more sustainable consumption.

During FY18, while we continued to make progress towards our goals, we did not make as much progress as we had hoped in all areas – we still have a lot to do and we must redouble our efforts to achieve our ambitions. We know that taking climate action and working towards zero waste makes good business sense – and our research tells us it’s what our customers expect from us too.

In FY18, we:

  • Generated renewable energy equivalent to 81% of the energy used in our operations
  • Repacked 8.7 million IKEA products to be re-sold instead of going to waste
  • Saved 437,500 kg of food from being wasted in IKEA restaurants