IKEA Canada Contributes both Operationally and with Products Sold
BURLINGTON, ON, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - IKEA has announced that they will
support the Joint Business Declaration, an EU business call for 30%
emissions reduction by 2020 founded by The Climate Group, University of
Cambridge Programme for Sustainability and WWF Climate Savers. The
Joint Business Declaration is supported by Stop Climate Chaos, a
climate change coalition of primarily environmental and international
development NGOs. IKEA's support means that IKEA is engaged to discuss
how the retailer can collaborate on helping achieve an exciting,
affordable low carbon society.
"Globally at IKEA, we share the view that ambitious action from the EU
will drive green growth, innovation and investment. We are committed to
a long term strategy where all IKEA Group stores and buildings will be
supplied with 100% renewable energy." says Steve Howard, Chief
Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group. "In addition, we want to improve
our overall energy efficiency by 25 percent compared with 2005."
"On a local level, IKEA Canada continues to be committed to minimizing
carbon emissions through our energy reduction initiatives; increasing
waste reduction, recycling and sorting at source; investing in clean
and renewable energy technologies; and aggressively challenging our new
build and retrofit stores to be increasingly more energy efficient"
says Kerri Molinaro, President, IKEA Canada. "Joining initiatives like
Joint Business Declaration are consistent with what IKEA has set out to
do and can help governments build a case for action."
In addition to what they are doing, IKEA also wants to help its
customers live a more sustainable life at home with energy saving
products and solutions. As just a couple of examples, the retailer has
greatly expanded their range of LED light bulbs, having phased out
selling incandescent bulbs and have worked hard to significantly reduce
the cost on induction hobs which are far more energy efficient.
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 321 stores in 38
countries worldwide, which are visited by 565 million people every
year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 21 million
people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 711
million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to
offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so
low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on
IKEA, please visit: www.ikea.ca.
SOURCE IKEA Canada
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