01 Nov '12, 12pm

How IKEA plans to take its buildings energy-neutral

How IKEA plans to take its buildings energy-neutral

Delft, Netherlands — IKEA’s announcement last week of its bold plans to pursue energy independence by 2020 didn’t happen overnight. The Swedish home furnishing giant designed its strategy after several years of painstaking data collection, intensive energy audits and energy needs assessments, and an aggressive construction plan already in motion to own and operate solar and wind power systems throughout its global operations. Unlike Walmart crowing about plans for energy neutrality, IKEA Group was willing to set a timetable after calculating how long executives there believed it would take to reach their goals. And although there is much transparency in IKEA’s plans for achieving energy neutrality, executives there admit the plan doesn’t extend to the entire company footprint to include its total supply chain. Indeed, the program began as a value-driven decision to be a co...

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