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IKEA commitments to become "people and planet positive" by 2030

Sweden-headed global furniture major Inter IKEA Group (IKEA) has 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. The announcement was made June 7 during IKEA's "Democratic Design Days" in Älmhult, Sweden.

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, said Torbjörn Lööf, CEO, Inter IKEA Group.

Commitments made for 2030 in IKEA’s People & Plant Positive include:

  • Designing all IKEA products with new circular principles, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials
  • Offering services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products
  • Removing all single-use plastic products from the IKEA range globally and from customer and co-worker restaurants in stores for the biggest IKEA franchisee, INGKA Holding B.V.
  • Increasing the proportion of plant-based choices in the IKEA food offer, like the veggie hot dog launching globally in August 2018
  • Becoming climate positive, ie  reduce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the IKEA value chain emits and reducing the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70 percent per product
  • Achieving zero emissions home deliveries by 2025 for the biggest IKEA franchisee, INGKA Holding B.V., with 363 stores in 29 markets
  • Expanding the offer of affordable home solar solutions to 29 IKEA markets for the biggest IKEA franchisee, INGKA Holding B.V. by 2025

At Democratic Design Days, IKEA is demonstrating several new solutions and innovations that enable people to save lots of water, clean the air in their homes and products made from new innovative and recycled materials.

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, said Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager.

Torbjörn Lööf (left) CEO Inter IKEA Group and Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager (photo courtesy IKEA).

To become climate positive, IKEA says that it will reduce more GHG 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 and not just the manufacturing for IKEA.

In addition, IKEA will enable customers to save and generate renewable energy at home for instance by offering home solar solutions

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, said Torbjörn Lööf.

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