CLIMATE: Fact sheets help IKEA suppliers access energy incentives
The Climate Positive Opportunities for Suppliers project has developed fact sheets for IKEA suppliers in the Czech Republic, Poland, and 4 provinces and 3 cities in China to help them access government incentives to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The fact sheets provide overviews of available incentives, criteria for potential projects, advice on how to apply, and information about where to get more information.
“They address a lack of awareness of what’s available and make it easier for suppliers to apply for funding. The primary idea is to help IKEA suppliers reduce their carbon emissions, but the fact sheets will be distributed through various WWF climate programmes to help other companies, too,” says Sheri Willoughby, project leader at WWF.
The Climate Positive Opportunities for Suppliers project aims to find ways to develop a carbon neutral or even a climate positive supply chain. In Step 1 of the project, the project explored climate positive opportunities at individual IKEA suppliers. A range of energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy opportunities were identified and, in some cases, implemented at supplier sites. A number of barriers preventing suppliers from seizing low carbon or climate positive opportunities were also identified. In Step 2, these barriers were analysed, and the project is implementing strategies to overcome them where possible.