IKEA UK has already bought a giant wind farm and plans to run on 100% renewable energy. In the US, IKEA just announced that it is expanding solar installations to 75% of its stores.
But clean energy is just one part of the puzzle. How are people supposed to get to these gigantic big box stores in the middle of nowhere?Actually, IKEA is working on that too. According to bizjournals.com, they've just installed electric vehicle charging at their Costa Mesa store in California, making it the 4th IKEA location in the country to install charging:
The Costa Mesa store is the fourth Ikea store in the United States to complete installation of the charging stations. The retailer has already installed stations in San Diego, Carson and Portland, Ore., and plans to install charging stations at five other Ikea stores in the Western United States. To charge an electric vehicle at the Costa Mesa store, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard and plug the charger into the vehicle. Customers can then shop and eat at their leisure in the store while the vehicle is charging.
But of course electric cars are just one part of building a more sustainable transportation system. Looking at the IKEA corporate page on climate change, the company is also offering home delivery services for folks who arrive without a car, and even free bus services in some locations.
Lloyd's complaint that IKEA deliberately confuses shoppers and encourages clutter may stand true. But their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint are streets ahead of many of the competition.