13 June 2007 | Paul Snell
Ikea has unveiled two initiatives to help improve its staff's sustainability.
The company's UK division is to replace its fleet of company cars with low-emission hybrid vehicles. It will buy 50 Honda Civic hybrids from the Japanese car-maker now, and more in 2008. Ikea staff will also receive discounts when buying low-emission Honda vehicles.
Ikea already has a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions worldwide by 9 per cent by 2010, and it is hoped the new car policy will contribute towards this. The retailer has also committed to sourcing 100 per cent renewable energy for electricity and heating by 2012.
It will also distribute just under 60,000 low energy light bulbs to its 9,600 employees. The firm says by giving each of its employees six energy-saving light bulbs, it will save its UK workforce nearly £400,000 on their energy bills.
Ikea said the programme followed previous commitments to source products from sustainable suppliers and cut emissions and energy usage.