IKEA plans to go 100% renewable in UK using wind and solar
16 August 2011, source edie newsroom
While the Swedish retailer has not set a deadline for using 100% renewable energy, it could reach 80% of its target by 2015.
According to Reuters, IKEA's chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, expects up to 30% of its green energy will come from a recently purchased 12.3 MW wind farm in Huntly, Scotland.
IKEA has a total of 67 wind farms across Europe, including Denmark, France, and Germany, making the company's total wind power capacity 127 MW.
Howard was reported as saying: "The wind turbines in the UK are a first step, and we'll expand on that. This is a message to developers out there that we're looking for good projects in the right places, and we're keen to diversify in terms of the regions."
He added: "The direction of travel for us is 100% renewable. We're likely to hit 70 to 80% by 2015. We've built up sufficient experience in the area to be more confident in the timeline, so we will set a timeline in the next few months."
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