Jun 8, 2018

IKEA commits to removing single-use plastic from products and restaurants by 2020

Sustainability
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA, has announced a plan to remove all single-use packaging from its’s product range an...

The Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA, has announced a plan to remove all single-use packaging from its’s product range and store restaurants by 2020.

The company aims to meet the target by implementing a “circular principles” to its products – using only renewable and recycled materials.

As part of its pledge, the firm has also committed to reducing emissions from its vehicles used for home deliveries to zero.

IKEA’s deadline for reaching zero-emission of these deliveries is set five years later at 2025.

The company also plans to offer home solar equipment to 29 countries by the same deadline. The firm will be expanding from its current offer of five countries.

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The Swedish retailer has also committed to reducing the total climate footprint of its product range t the average of 70% per product.

IKEA will also introduce more vegetarian and vegan options in its restaurants, such as a vegan hot dog.

“Becoming truly circular means meeting people’s changing lifestyles, prolonging the life of products and materials and using resources in a smarter way,” stated Leana Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager at IKEA.

“To make this a reality, we will design all products from the very beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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