Ikea reduces CO2 emissions by 5%
New York City Ikea has reduced its total CO2 emissions by 5% and CO2 emissions from goods transport by 10% in fiscal year 2009 compared with the previous year, according to the company’s 2009 Sustainability Report. Ninety-five percent of the home-furnishing retailer’s CO2 emissions is attributed to material extraction, suppliers, customer transportation and the use of products.
In 2010, Ikea will participate in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol by road testing a new global framework for measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Ikea also is committed to reducing emissions in its supply chain. A pilot program is in place to help suppliers reduce their energy use by 30% or more by 2011, focusing on the largest suppliers with the highest energy consumption.
To help meet its long-term goal of powering all Ikea buildings with 100% renewable energy, the company has plans for several solar-panel projects in eight countries during the next four years. The solar panels for up to 150 stores and distribution centers are expected to provide about 10% of their electricity need (the figure may be higher in distribution centers since they use less electricity).
Currently, nine Ikea facilities have solar panels installed with the plan to reach 30 to 40 buildings by the end of fiscal year 2011
The company is also working to use alternative energy sources for heating such as ground source heat pumps, air heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar panels, and is progressing on its alternative fuel project for transport service providers.
Solar system at Staples fulfillment center goes live
La Mirada, Calif. Staples and SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, announced the activation of a 1.1 megawatt (MW) solar system on the roof of the Staples fulfillment center in La Mirada, Calif. The activation marks the 32nd SunEdison solar power site hosted by Staples.
SunEdison financed, constructed, owns and operates the new solar power facility, which covers over 300,000 sq. ft. of roof space. The system will produce nearly 2 million kWh of energy annually and more than 30 million kWh over the next 20 years.
Staples’ solar power program began in 2005 and includes facilities in California, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, including the 1 MW fulfillment center in Hanover, Md., and the 1.5 MW Distribution center in Hagerstown, Md.
Kohl’s recognized for efforts to promote clean air
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores received the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Air Excellence Awards Program ceremony held Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Kohl’s for environmental excellence in multiple Clean Air Excellence Award Program categories, including clean air technology, community action and transportation efficiency.
“Initiatives like solar power, support of clean energy sources and moving merchandise by rail are win-win — they make sense from a business, cost and efficiency perspective and help to reduce emissions in the long-term,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics.
Kohl’s initiatives that contribute to clean air include a commitment to renewable energy. The chain is ranked first in retail and No. 2 overall among EPA’s top green power purchasers, and 100% of its purchased electricity usage comes from renewable-energy resources through its industry-leading solar program and by purchasing renewable-energy certificates. The company also works annually to complete lighting upgrades, retrofitting more than 700 stores in 2009 with metal halide spotlights that use a third of the energy of incandescent spotlights.
In addition, all remodeled Kohl’s stores receive upgraded, more energy efficient lighting fixtures that produce even more light than the old fixtures.