IKEA Group now owns and operates 46 wind turbines in Sweden
BURLINGTON, ON, May 28, 2015 /CNW/ - IKEA Group announced today that, following the inauguration of a new wind farm in Glötesvålen, Sweden, it has become energy independent in its operations in the Nordic countries. IKEA Group operations in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark) join operations in Canada that became energy independent in 2014, producing more energy from renewable sources than they consume in their buildings. Operations in Poland and the US are on-track for energy independence with wind farms under construction. This is part of the IKEA Group goal to become energy independent globally by 2020.
IKEA Group now owns and operates 46 wind turbines in Sweden – 30 in Glötesvålen, nine in Korpfältet and seven in Rämsberget. Together with an additional turbine in Tåstrup, Denmark, this means that IKEA Group will produce an estimated 361 GWh of renewable energy each year in the Nordic countries. That corresponds to the annual supply of electricity for approximately 72,000 households and a reduction in CO2 emissions equal to 288,500 tonnes. Together with the heat energy produced from biomass in IKEA Group factories in Sweden, the IKEA Group will produce as much energy from renewable sources as it uses in all its stores, shopping centres, factories, distribution centres and offices in the Nordic countries.
IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 314 wind turbines in nine* countries and has installed 700,000 solar panels on it buildings. The company aims to have invested and committed to invest EUR 1.5 billion in wind and solar power by the end of 2015.
"Becoming energy independent in the Nordic countries is an important step towards our goal to be energy independent globally by 2020. We believe that what is good for our customers and for our planet is also good for IKEA," said Håkan Svedman, Country Manager, IKEA Retail Sweden.
"At IKEA, we invest into renewable energy because it is the right thing to do for people, the planet and for the future of our business. Achieving energy independence in the Nordic countries is a big step towards our goal to produce as much renewable energy as all the energy we use globally by 2020," said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.
*In addition to the wind farms in Sweden, IKEA Group has now committed to own and operated wind farms in Canada, United States, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Great Britain.
About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. The IKEA Group with 147 000 co-workers, has 318 stores in 28 markets and operations in 43 countries. E-commerce is offered in 13 markets. There are more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com
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