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Let's assemble a better future

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Climate change is our greatest challenge, but we'll rise to it

At IKEA, we are guided by our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people. A better planet is a better home for us all. But climate change threatens this — for people today and for generations to come. Scientists say that we need immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if we want to limit global warming rise to 1.5°C or even 2°C from pre-industrial levels.

As stubborn optimists, we believe that we can create a better future. Many of the solutions already exist, and now all of us – businesses, governments and people – need to act. We’re proud to be a Partner of COP26, the UN climate conference. With world leaders gathered together, this is a historic opportunity to turn the tide on climate change.

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Tackling the climate crisis will take large-scale, systemic change

Together, we need to:

  • Strive towards electrification, phase out fossil fuels and transition towards 100% renewable energy while improving energy efficiency.
  • Use more materials and food ingredients with a low carbon footprint, promote sustainable choices and transform into circular businesses. This will reduce the need to extract and process new, raw materials.
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IKEA is becoming climate positive by 2030

IKEA is committed to becoming climate positive by 2030 by reducing more greenhouse gases than our total value chain emits — while growing the IKEA business. We are committed to the Paris Agreement and to helping limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This includes a commitment to become net-zero at the latest by 2050 — and to halve greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms from the total IKEA value chain by 2030.

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We all have a part to play

From businesses and governments to people at home, we all have a part to play in protecting our world and keeping 1.5°C within reach. That’s why, together with our partners, we are asking governments and other businesses the same thing we ask of ourselves: not only commitments, but ambitious climate action. Bold government action that provides clarity and certainty will encourage more businesses to make the necessary investments to achieve significant climate targets. This, in turn, will lead to more ambitious policies from governments — creating a positive policy-business ambition cycle.

Together with our partners, we inspire and encourage business to:

  • Set science-based targets in line with the 1.5°C benchmark to halve global emissions by 2030, achieve net zero by latest 2050 and develop a clear roadmap to get there — while transparently reporting on the progress.
    For example: Read the letter we co-signed calling on G20 to halve emissions and end support for coal power.
  • Collaborate within and across sectors and drive advocacy and actions in alliances and initiatives like the WEF CEO Climate Leaders Alliance, RE100, EV100, The We Mean Business Coalition, the World Resource Institute — and many others.

We also inspire and encourage government and policy makers to:

  • Increase ambitions in line with the 1.5°C benchmark to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest.
  • Set short and long-term policies in line with the 1.5°C target to finance and accelerate the transition to renewable energy, circularity, sustainable transport, food systems, agriculture and forestry.[1]
  • Developed countries should meet their commitment of investing at least $100B in developing countries’ climate action.

This is the most important decade of our history. Let’s assemble a better future.

We work and collaborate with the following organisations and initiatives:

The World Economic Forum CEO Climate Leader Alliance

In 2020, Ingka Group's CEO was appointed Co-Chair of this global community of Chief Executive Officers. Its purpose is to catalyse action across all sectors and engage policymakers to help transition to a net-zero economy.

Creating and driving climate action in the retail sector

In 2020, IKEA UK was a Roadmap Development Funder of the BRC Roadmap. In 2021, Ingka Group endorsed the Marrakesh Pathway for retail; later in the year, IKEA launched the 2030 Breakthroughs: Retail campaign together with Walmart, H&M and Kingfisher.

Science Based Targets initiative (SBT)

IKEA and Ingka Group have set science-based targets in line with the 1.5°C benchmark. Together with other partners, IKEA is supporting the Science Based Targets initiative to develop the first global standard for net-zero businesses.

The We Mean Business Coalition (WMB)

In 2014, Ingka Group was one of the driving forces behind creating the We Mean Business Coalition — a global nonprofit working with the world's most influential businesses to take action on climate change. Together, we catalyse business and policy action to halve global emissions by 2030 in line with the 1.5°C benchmark.

RE100

In 2014, Ingka Group co-founded RE100 — a global initiative uniting the world's most influential businesses driving the transition to 100% renewable electricity (RE).

EV100

In 2017, Ingka Group co-founded EV100 — a global initiative uniting forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).

[1]All policies should be based on evidence, support sustainable business and sustainable job growth and lead to a transition towards a fair and resilient net zero economy and society on a global level. We need speed and incentives, and standards will generally work faster. But we also need to put a price on carbon and do it in a way that the many people benefit.