On track with “Energy Strategy 2050”
Climate change and the shortage of resources are a reality. The energy turnaround is coming. We need to transform ourselves into a society that relies on renewable energy sources and has a smaller CO2 footprint. Everyone can, and indeed must, play their part. The “Energy Strategy 2050” is an important step in that direction.
On 21 May 2017, the Swiss will vote on the “Energy Strategy 2050”. The revised Energy Act aims to cut energy consumption in Switzerland, increase energy efficiency and promote renewable energies. At the same time, dependency on imported fossil fuels would be reduced and the construction of new nuclear power stations banned.
IKEA Switzerland says YES to the “Energy Strategy 2050” and has good reasons for doing so. After all, IKEA has had a keen interest in the key issues in the vote – energy consumption, energy efficiency and renewable energy – for years. In the company’s own sustainability programme, “People & Planet Positive”, a low-carbon economy is right up at the top of the agenda. So IKEA Switzerland works on various levels to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energies.
With “People & Planet Positive”, we have had the core objectives of the forthcoming vote in our sights for years. Yet that alone is not enough. That is why we are taking a clear public stand and asking politicians to set ambitious targets for reducing CO2 and binding, ambitious targets for renewable energy use and energy efficiency.
LED and improved energy efficiency
Over the past five years, IKEA Switzerland has increased its energy efficiency by 25%, thereby making annual savings on energy costs of 1.2 million Swiss francs. This improvement is partly the result of a consistent policy of switching to LED lighting in all nine stores. Regarding LED, IKEA has also played a pioneering role in its sales: in September 2015, IKEA became the first global company to switch its range to 100% LED lighting and to stop selling other kinds of artificial light source. As a result of making this change, and the resulting sales of LED lights in Switzerland, we have saved enough energy for all the households in the canton of Schaffhausen for a year (34,000 households).
100% renewable energy by 2020
IKEA Switzerland uses 100% certified electricity from Swiss hydroelectric power stations. Furthermore, all its stores have solar modules installed on the roof, continuously producing electricity. The Rothenburg installation is currently the largest. It produces 50% of the store’s total electricity consumption. Globally, the IKEA Group has set itself the goal of producing as much renewable energy by 2020 as the company consumes. We are currently on 71% – as the IKEA Group, we operate 415 wind turbines and have 730,000 solar panels!
Solar energy: IKEA products for the future
IKEA Switzerland, with its Swiss partner Helion Solar, sells solar panels for private individuals and companies, in this way supporting the switch to renewable energy.
Political energy proposals
In the political sphere, IKEA advocates a low-carbon economy and supports an ambitious climate policy. On the global scene, IKEA is a member of associations such as “We Mean Business” and “RE 100” and calls for a political change of course at international climate conferences. Nationally, IKEA Switzerland supported proposals such as the “We Tell You” campaign in 2014 which demanded ambitious targets for CO2 reduction, and the popular initiative “Green Economy” and it is now supporting the latest version of the “Energy Strategy 2050”.
The energy targets that have already been reached show that this commitment pays off. IKEA Switzerland is sure that a YES vote on 21 May 2017 will be a step in the right direction, so that we can achieve even more together here in Switzerland.