For anyone new to my Celebrating Eco-Progress series, this is my humble attempt to pat big business on the back and thank them when they make commitments to sustainable practices.
Sure, there’s MUCH more that they can do. I just like to think that they will be more inclined to make additional efforts if the efforts they do make are noticed and appreciated.
In this installment, we applaud Swedish housewares chain IKEA.
IKEA UK To Go 100 Percent Renewable
You may not like their particleboard furniture, but you’ve sure got to love IKEA’s use of renewable energy. The Swedish retailer is stepping up their clean energy game in a big-time way in the UK, setting a goal to get all of its energy from renewable sources. It wants to be 80 percent there by 2015.
IKEA is now installing 39,000 solar panels on the rooftops of its UK stores, and it recently purchased a 12.3-MW wind farm in Huntly, Scotland. This single purchase creates enough clean energy to power 30 percent of IKEA’s UK electricity consumption.
What really stood out for me…
Why is IKEA doing this? One reason is to safeguard itself from fluctuating energy prices. It already has wind farms in Denmark, Germany, France, and elsewhere in the UK, and it spends a huge number–$1.7 billion–on energy every year.
This idea that going green is good for business can’t be overstated.
In our interconnected world, the long-term survival of our planet, of the people on it, and of a marketplace that depends on people (consumers) to buy goods and services, really depends on transitioning to sustainable and resilient systems.