How Will IKEA Become 'Climate Positive' By 2030?
Swedish furniture maker IKEA is focusing its attention on becoming a "climate positive" business by 2030. The retailer is looking to convert its operations to reduce its climate footprint as it commits to making an impact on the environment.
According to IKEA, the company will tackle climate change across its entire business to become "climate positive" by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to grow its business.
"We have a big responsibility - and an opportunity - to make a positive difference and contribute towards limiting global warming," the company said in a statement. "We can have a huge positive impact on people, planet and society through our size and full value chain approach."
The retailer said it will be a part of the green movement by collaborating with its more than 1,000 suppliers to create products that are designed to be "repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled." The company will also strive for 100 percent renewable energy use throughout its operations as it said will not purchase carbon offset certificates but make products that retain carbon longer.
Plant-based foods will be produced and sold by the retailer, including its popular meatballs and it will offer solar home products and a larger array of LED lighting, which it said will be affordable for its millions of customers. IKEA said it will also support its suppliers with their green efforts to ensure that products are environmentally produced through the sourcing of materials, manufacturing, and transport of goods.
Long-term, IKEA said it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions through forest and agricultural practices and "lead by example" to advocate for policy changes to "achieve a low-carbon society."
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