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Ikea reduces emissions by four per cent

Carbon emissions throughout the full value chain of Ikea furniture fell 4.3 per cent last year. This was driven by a large increase of renewable energy in the production of Ikea products plus significant increases in energy efficiency of the lighting and appliances range. Ikea is aiming for its value chain to be climate positive - where it cuts more greenhouse gas emissions than it emits - by 2030. This includes everything from the production of raw materials and products through to customers' use and disposal. Ikea produces around ten per cent of its range itself, mainly wood-based products, and sources the rest from suppliers. To speed things up, in November Ikea earmarked 100 million euros for encouraging direct suppliers to switch to renewable energy and an additional 100 million euros for projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere through reforestation and forest protection.

Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture brand, is hopeful emissions in the value chain will shrink further this year. Ikea India has undertaken a campaign which aims at inspiring and enabling people to reduce their carbon footprint by using more climate-friendly products. There are currently 403 Ikea stores in 49 countries. It currently has more than 50 suppliers with 45,000 direct employees and 4,00,000 people in the extended supply chain.