Ikea has signed a new ambition statement in an effort to rapidly accelerate its decarbonising efforts.
The Swedish homewares giant has joined forces with several global companies by signing the 2040 ambition statement through the collaborative platform “Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels”.
The ambition statement (facilitated by the Aspen Institute), makes it clear that global transport buyers want zero-carbon shipping.
Ikea has approximately two million shipments per year and has both a responsibility and an opportunity to positively influence the climate agenda in the ocean transport industry.
To develop, deploy and scale up solutions to decarbonise, close collaboration among stakeholders across the total value chain is crucial.
“We need to accelerate the transformation towards zero emission ocean shipping. By collaborating with like-minded partners, we can create strong movements”, Ikea sustainability manager supply chain operations, Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld said.
“With this ambition statement, we want to demonstrate our determination to reach set targets and to instil confidence among all stakeholders on the direction of our common decarbonising journey ahead.”
Ikea said it is committed to becoming climate positive by 2030 by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the value chain emits, while growing the business.
The transport of Ikea products from suppliers to warehouses and stores around the world accounts for approximately five per cent of the total Ikea carbon footprint.
The target is to reduce the average carbon footprint from every transport by 70 per cent by 2030, compared to the baseline year 2017.
The roadmap to reach the ambitious 2030 milestone, consists of three parts:
- Reducing the climate footprint by making every shipment as efficient as possible
- Replacing fossil fuels with sustainable, alternative fuels
- Rethinking to integrating innovative technologies and fuels and new collaborations to accelerate decarbonising solutions