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IKEA to move to clean energy by 2020

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, will shift to renewable energy by 2020 and grow more trees than it uses under a plan to safeguard nature that has won support from environmentalists, reported Reuters.

The Swedish-based group, which wants to build on many customers’ desire for a greener lifestyle, also said it would limit sales by 2016 to energy-efficient products including induction cookers and LED light bulbs.

Under the plan, IKEA will invest 1.5 billion euros from 2009-15 in solar and wind power to produce at least 70 per cent of the group’s energy.

By 2020 it would produce as much renewable energy as it consumes.

IKEA already owns wind farms in six European nations and has 342,000 solar panels on its stores, warehouses and factories that generate 27 per cent of the group’s electricity.

By 2020 IKEA would grow at least as many trees as it uses to make products such as beds or cupboards. Already, IKEA says it does not take wood from natural tropical forests, such as in the Amazon or the Congo basins.

IKEA announced the shift to LED lighting, which can last 20 years, earlier this month.

Changing all 12bn incandescent bulbs worldwide to LEDs would cut global greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of the Netherlands.

A shift to more efficient appliances, such as fridges, cookers or lightbulbs, would reduce energy use by the average household by 30 per cent.

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