The Swedish furniture giant wants to reduce its carbon footprint, with plans in place to introduce an emission-free delivery fleet by as early as 2020.
Ikea has announced its plans to transition to an electric delivery fleet, where all in-store and online purchases will be delivered via emission-free vehicles. The multichannel retailer says it will trial the new delivery method in New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Paris, as well as Shanghai. These regions will reportedly be equipped with electric vehicles by 2020.
The company will then roll out its new emission-free delivery service in Australia and across the world by 2025.
This new delivery scheme is part of the company’s goal to become carbon positive, as it strives to remove more CO2 emissions than it creates.
“Climate change is no longer a threat, it’s a reality,” the CEO of Ikea Group, Jesper Brodin says.
The company originally expressed its interest in developing an emission-free delivery network by 2025 earlier this year but has now upped its ante by announcing plans to commence its new delivery scheme by 2020.
“We want to be a leader, and take action, and speed up our plans,” Brodin says. “It’s not only about Ikea shifting one vehicle to another, it’s a systematic shift.”
According to Brodin, the company is working with local communities and vehicle manufacturers to make this goal a reality. While the initial delivery fleet will most likely be electric trucks, the company has hinted at the possibility of introducing electro cargo bikes and other emission-free technology in the future.
Ikea has invested $2 billion in renewable energy in recent years and hopes it will reach its carbon positive goal by 2020. However, the businesses sustainability goals don’t stop there, as it also hopes to cut its in-store emissions by as much as 80 percent by 2030 and reduce its delivery emissions by 50 percent.
While Brodin acknowledges how difficult these goals are to achieve, he says it’s “the right thing to do”.
Ikea’s Australian business set its sustainability goals into action earlier this year when the Swedish retailer launched its first ‘take-back’ service in Sydney. As part of the scheme, consumers who had purchased furniture either in-store or online could return their second-hand goods to be sold to a new customer, in exchange for a store voucher.
“IKEA is focused on ensuring all our products are designed from the very beginning with the intention to be repaired, reused, resold and eventually recycled,” said Kate Ringvall, the sustainability manager, IKEA Australia.
To help consumers minimise their landfill contribution, IKEA opened its first ‘Circular Living Pop-Up Store’ at IKEA in Tempe. The store was initially open for eight weeks and showcased how the multichannel retailer uses recyclable materials in its products. An example of the company’s sustainable practices includes turning plastic PET bottles into its KUNGSBACKA Kitchen cabinetry.
“With the launch of our Circular Living Pop-up Store and IKEA Tempe Take-Back Service, we want to make it easier than ever for Australians to live the sustainable life they desire,” said Ringvall.
Ikea is yet to announce whether it will reinstate its take-back service on a larger or more permanent scale.