- Ikea U.S. announce two sustainability initiatives.
- Ikea will continue a solar installation project that will add solar car parks, additional rooftop solar panels and battery energy storage systems to seven Ikea units across the country.
- The international retailer will conduct a renewable heating and cooling project to replace and optimize existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems starting with five stores.
The RHC project will replace and optimize the existing HVAC equipment with new centralized systems with high-energy efficiency and coefficient performance at five locations in 2023 including IkeaCanton, Michigan; Draper, Utah; Orlando, Florida; Round Rock, Texas and Tampa, Florida. It’s a four-stage project done while stores remain open and will take roughly a year to complete, the retailer said.
“At Ikea, we are driven by a vision to create a positive impact on the environment while delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to our customers,” said Adrian Avino, Ikea U.S. engineer. “Our RHC projects are a crucial part of our Real Estate contribution to building decarbonization and increased energy efficiency. This year is only the beginning as we have a roadmap in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% across our operations by 2030.”
Ikea has long been committed to investing in renewable energy to meet its sustainability goal of becoming climate positive by 2030. In the U.S., the retailer currently owns more than 250,000 solar panels across 90% of its locations, two geothermal properties, seven fuel cell arrays and two wind farms which produce more renewable energy than the amount of energy used at its U.S. locations.
Ikea operates 375 stores in 30 countries, including 52 retail locations in the U.S. In August, Ikea opened its newest location in San Francisco at 945 Market Street. The city-format store will be part of a new meeting place from Ingka Centres, a global developer and operator of retail-led destinations which is part of Ingka Group, one of the groups that owns Ikea. As the anchor for the new meeting place, Ikea San Francisco is the first retail space to open in the building.