IKEA aims for zero emissions home delivery by 2020

Global furniture giant IKEA has announced that it will reach 100 per cent zero emissions home deliveries in five major cities worldwide by 2020.

IKEA is stepping up its goal of reaching 100 per cent zero emissions home deliveries with a new, accelerated timeline for transitioning to electric vehicles in five major inner cities – Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai – by 2020.

As the Swedish furniture giant announced in a press release, reaching this the 100 per cent zero emissions target for last mile home delivery is an important step towards becoming climate positive by 2030 and contributing to the Paris Agreement.

“For us it’s crucial to grow our business in a sustainable way – that’s why we’re speeding up the transition to EV in five inner city areas. By 2020 all our home deliveries in central Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai will be by EV or other zero emission solutions,” said Jesper Brodin, CEO of the IKEA Group.

Worldwide, IKEA aims for 100 per cent of home deliveries by EV or other zero-emission solutions by 2025, up from 25 per cent in 2020. It also intends to provide access to charging stations for EVs across 30 IKEA markets by 2020 and aims to halve relative emissions from co-workers and customers travelling to IKEA stores, offices or distribution centres by 2030.

In September 2017, IKEA became one of the first companies to join EV100, a global initiative by The Climate Group that brings together businesses committed to driving towards the transition to electrical vehicles by 2030.

“By switching to EVs for home deliveries at this pace, IKEA is setting a strong example for clean transport in city centres, where zero emissions zones will one day become the norm,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group. “They are enabling their customers to play a key part in accelerating the roll out of electric vehicles overall.

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