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CLIMATE:  IKEA to convert all lighting to LED
IKEA wants to tackle climate change by inspiring people to live a more sustainable life at home – and help them save money at the same time. This is why IKEA supports the energy-saving LED light revolution by converting its entire range of bulbs and lamps to LED by 2016. IKEA is also changing more than one million light sources in IKEA stores to LED and other energy-efficient lighting.

IKEA Group Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard presented the strategy to convert to 100 percent LED technology to journalists at a webinar on October 1.

LED lighting consumes 85 percent less energy and lasts up to 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. By making LED bulbs available at the lowest price on the market, IKEA will enable millions of people to cut their energy consumption and save money on their electric bills.

“With household electricity bills continuing to rise rapidly and global energy consumption increasing, a small LED bulb can have a very big impact. It uses much less energy than a traditional bulb and brings a lot of home furnishing potential to the home. Building on our belief that everyone should be able to afford to live more sustainably at home, we will make sure our LED prices are the lowest on the market,” Steve Howard told journalists.

Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global and Climate Energy Initiative, was invited to comment on the strategy:

“WWF is aiming for a 100 percent renewable energy future. In order to move away from our dependency on fossil fuels, we need to take advantage of all opportunities. Almost 20 percent of global electricity consumption comes from lighting, so shifting to LED technology is a cost-effective way to get change at scale. IKEA will have a real impact in reducing energy use in many households."