Ikea invests 600 mln euros to be energy independent by 2020

June 4, 2015
IKEA said it would invest 600 million euros in renewable energy over five years in a bid to become energy independent by 2020
IKEA said it would invest 600 million euros in renewable energy over five years in a bid to become energy independent by 2020

Swedish furniture giant IKEA said Thursday it would invest 600 million euros ($677 million) in renewable energy over five years in a bid to become energy independent by 2020.

Being energy independent would mean it produces as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings.

"The majority of the new commitment (500 million euros) will be invested in and around 100 million euros is expected to be invested in solar up to 2020," IKEA Group said in a statement.

IKEA Group, which invested 1.5 billion euros from 2009 to 2015 in , has already committed to own and operate 314 offsite wind turbines and has installed 700,000 on its buildings worldwide.

Those initiatives have enabled IKEA to be 70 percent energy independent, IKEA's sustainability spokesman Jamie Rusby told AFP.

The aim to become 100 percent dependent had already been announced in 2012, as part of a programme called "People & Planet Positive" which also highlighted the need for energy savings.

"Climate change is one of the world's biggest challenges and we need bold commitments and action to find a solution. That's why we are going all in to transform our business, to ensure that it is fit for the future and we can have a positive impact," IKEA Group chief executive Peter Agnefjall said in a statement.

The IKEA Foundation also announced it would spend 400 million euros up to 2020 to support families and communities who are most affected by climate change. It did not specify in which countries.

IKEA said its initiatives were an effort "to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy".

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gkam
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2015
If governments will not do it, the rest of Humanity will. Governments are in the ownership of Big Money in the Western Hemisphere.

In Aisa, they are in the hands of cabals, and in Russia, the clutches of billionaires.

Is there a free nation anywhere?
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (1) Jun 04, 2015
Some governments won't let them.
Someone in FL tried going off the grid and was punished.
gkam
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2015
Who is the government in Florida? Republicans? Isn't that state that imposed Dubya on us?

Do they want to PAY FOR HIM now?
gkam
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2015
For those of you who think alternatives get favored:

http://www.fierce...15-06-04
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2015
"Government officials across the country are forming so-called "nuisance abatement teams" to intimidate people into giving up their land, or conforming to the governments demands and hooking back into the grid. Counties across the country are actually jailing people for living the way they want to live.

I was alerted to this video by a reader, and was troubled and sickened by what the poor people in the California Desert are being forced to deal with. From being threatened with jail time if they don't hook back into the grid, to being thrown in jail because the county didn't like the look of their homes, the people in the deserts of Los Angeles County are being terrorized by their government."
http://offgridsur...-page-2/
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2015
"Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city's codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city's water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said."
"The city contends that Speronis violated the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid."
http://www.offthe...illegal/

WillieWard
1 / 5 (2) Jun 04, 2015
Swedish furniture giant IKEA is always doing its part for the environment.
By making furnishings from woods, they are avoiding trees from emitting CO2 all the time, mainly at night, as a metabolic product of respiration.
The natural world is responsible for most of CO2 emissions, then their initiative seems nice in covering the CO2 polluter (plants and animals) with solar panels and wind blades in order to protect our environment for future generations.
Eikka
2 / 5 (1) Jun 05, 2015
By making furnishings from woods

Flatpack is made from particle board, which is compacted sawdust with some oil-based glue in between. Then it's surfaced with a vinyl, again made from oil.

If IKEA becomes energy independent, then can we pull them off the grid? No we can't, because they're not actually. They install solar panels and windmills to collect the government subsidies and use that money to pay for the electricity they buy from elsewhere. Some of it ends up being used by themselves, but not much.

Eikka
5 / 5 (1) Jun 05, 2015
"Government officials across the country are forming so-called "nuisance abatement teams" to intimidate people into giving up their land, or conforming to the governments demands and hooking back into the grid. Counties across the country are actually jailing people for living the way they want to live.


Most of the time these cases are because the people living off the grid don't follow building codes, don't have proper wastewater management systems, electrical safety etc. that are designed to keep the communities safe.

If their house burns down, the fire department have to figure out how to shut down some McGyuver contraption done by a self-learned redneck, that might just as well kill the firemen - and it's not a matter of not having the firemen there because your house fire can start a bush fire that burns down the entire town.

Collecting rainwater off your roof and "living the way you want" is just a receipe for dysentry, which you then spread.

gkam
not rated yet Jun 05, 2015
Eikka is correct. the issue is safety and health. Where are their wastes going? Into the water table?
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (1) Jun 05, 2015
don't follow building codes

You say that as if it were a bad thing.
gkam
1 / 5 (1) Jun 05, 2015
Ryggy must live in the same fantasy world as Reagan or some of the others here. Without standards, we are not one people, not a true society, not a functioning economy. We are just a riot of selfish individuals trying to get what we can - you know, your kind of world.
Eikka
5 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2015
You say that as if it were a bad thing.


Yes. You would want your neighbor to behave to some minimum standards instead of wasting time dragging everyone to court whenever they inevitably try to shirk on their responsibilities.

In the Ayn-Rand world where everything is private, problems get solved only after the fact when someone sues someone, so people cheat all the time. An individual can for example burn a pile of old tires in their yard in the knowledge that the neighbors don't want to go through a lenghty process to punish them for it, and in any case they tires are all burned up by the time they'd get to it.

Dicks like that exist everywhere. They keep doing the little stuff just below the treshold where people would do something against it, and when they do they cry foul and blame the others for being unreasonable.
Eikka
not rated yet Jun 06, 2015

don't follow building codes

You say that as if it were a bad thing.


But the real reason why it is a bad thing is because most people are hypocrits. A person builds a house and says "I'm doing it my way, I don't need your society and your bulding codes", and then a storm or a flood blows it over. Or it develops mold and they get a pulmonary disease, or it burns down because of bad wiring, or the sewage system breaks down and leaks under the house etc.

Well if you had built your house to code, it would have stood strong and healthy, and you'd have a place to live in. That's what the code is for.

But you didn't and that's when these "independent" people come crawling back to society for help that they can't be refused. The vast majority of people won't voluntarily see their families starve and freeze to death just to keep to a principle.

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