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Final report from joint climate projects: Sustainable life at home - Ecoration


The joint climate project Sustainable life at home ended late 2012 as the last of the six joint climate projects, and the final project brief, is now available. Over a six-month period, WWF and IKEA supported nine families - Ecoration families - in Kalmar, Sweden, to test out a wide variety of solutions to save energy and water and to minimise waste. The outcome clearly shows that the solutions combined with changed behaviours in fact do enable customers to live a more sustainable life at home.

 

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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.

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Key learnings in final Close the loop report

A more efficient and effective use of renewable and non-renewable resources is key to living within the boundaries of one planet and can result in environmental, social and economic benefits. These were some of the recently published key learning points from the joint WWF IKEA Close the loop project.

While reduction and reuse are top priority in order to conserve resources, recycling has great potential, too. As part of the two-year project ended this June, IKEA and WWF collaborated to analyse and test opportunities and challenges to close material loops.

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Keen external interest in Sustainable life at home
– Ecoration

The joint climate project Sustainable life at home ended earlier this year, and a seminar was conducted in Stockholm, Sweden on October 30 to report on the Ecoration experiment. Opinion leaders, company leaders, and journalists took part in a panel discussion on the impressive results from engaging nine IKEA customer families – the Ecorators – in testing solutions to help them live a more sustainable life at home.

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Smart choices give quick wins for the Ecoration families

Swedish households can reduce their "left-over" combustible waste volumes by up to 70 percent by becoming better at recycling and minimising household food waste with the help of smart and simple home furnishing solutions. This conclusion is based on early results from the test families taking part in the joint climate project Sustainable life at home.

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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.

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Nine Swedish families to test "Sustainable life at home"

The joint climate project "Sustainable life at home" strives to inspire IKEA customers and co-workers to adopt sustainable everyday behaviours. The focus is on reducing energy and water consumption, and on minimising food and other household waste. Nine families in and around the Swedish city of Kalmar have now agreed to be guinea pigs, and help us develop ways to support a more sustainable life at home.

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WWF China and IKEA host energy workshop for suppliers

Tackling energy efficiency to reduce suppliers' carbon footprint is a critical issue in China. The many small and medium sized enterprises account for roughly 35-45 percent of the country's energy use and 25-35 percent of carbon emissions, but policy makers struggle to promote low-carbon solutions to this important group of manufacturers. This is why IKEA and WWF China organised a successful workshop on energy efficiency in December as part of the "Climate Positive Opportunities for Suppliers" project.

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Innovation platform to reduce suppliers' carbon footprint

Significant opportunities for improvements in energy efficiency have been identified through the "Climate Positive Opportunities for Suppliers" project, and an "Innovation Platform" has been piloted to help IKEA suppliers speed up the adoption of new, sustainable energy technologies. This pilot involved a number of innovative climate entrepreneurs from around the world, specialised in developing low carbon technologies, with a particular focus on textile and plastic production.

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"Closing the loops" project selects prioritised materials

"Closing the loops" is a Partnership project that investigates aspects of full material recyclability with the aim to save natural resources, minimise CO2 emissions and have a positive impact on the environment by identifying new and innovative ways to turn waste into resources. Following field studies in Sweden and China, the project has now developed a model to access and evaluate recycled materials.

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Study points the way towards more climate adapted food

A report by UK consultant ADAS and Sheffield Hallam University on how more climate-adapted food operations can be developed will soon be released. The conclusion of the study, commissioned by IKEA and WWF, is that the food business needs sustainable production systems, new technology and changed consumption patterns in order to be sustainable in 2020 and beyond.

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Major retailers learn from webinar about sustainable transport of people

The Partnership climate project "Sustainable Transport of People" was officially closed after three years at the end of 2010, but the ambition to spread understanding and know-how is still high.

In September, a webinar hosted by the US Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) drew more than twenty participants including several top retail chains.

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IKEA collects plastic furniture as part of the Closing the loops project

IKEA customers and the general public were invited to return discarded plastic furniture to the Malmö and Helsingborg stores in Sweden during April. More than one tonne of plastic furniture was ‘donated’ and will now be part of an important test in the Closing the loops project to provide insights on recycling.

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Suppliers project supports new energy efficiency law in Poland

The Climate Positive Opportunities for Suppliers project in Poland is helping IKEA suppliers understand and take advantage of a new law on energy efficiency, passed by the Polish government in June.

The government is introducing ‘white certificates’, an instrument encouraging energy efficiency improvements, and the project team has developed a factsheet to support suppliers.

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Learning more about the IKEA FOOD range from a climate perspective

IKEA and WWF UK are working together with long term ideas and plans for a more climate-adapted IKEA FOOD business. The UK consultancy firm ADAS, supported by Sheffield Hallam University, has been commissioned to identify an IKEA Food Range for 2020 with a low carbon, sustainable perspective. This will help IKEA understand what its food range will consist of in a low carbon future. A project report is due in September-October.

Click here to read more about how your food choices affect the planet

Increasing awareness
through the Sustainable life at home project

The Sustainable Life at Home project is in full swing, planning and implementing different actions with the purpose to increase sustainable awareness among IKEA co-workers and customers. A film is now being produced in Sweden and China with the aim to inspire and educate IKEA co-workers on what sustainability means, and how to live a more sustainable life at home.

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Sustainable transportation drives significant environmental and business benefits, SToP analysis determines

The Sustainable Transport of People (SToP) project has been finalized, and the final report is ready.

The WWF-IKEA project team developed a global SToP strategy and a supporting set of tools and communications strategies to enable IKEA to be a trendsetting retailer in the area of sustainable transport of customers and coworkers. The project considered a wide variety of leverage points to reduce emissions from people transportation including promoting mass transportation, vehicle efficiency, home shopping and incorporating climate considerations when locating new stores.

The potential business benefits are numerous, including:  increased accessibility to potential customers, more credibility as a sustainable company, reduced risk of lost business due to high fuel prices and improved shopping experience for customers.

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