• 27-NOV-2019

COP25: Why IKEA wants a global definition of Climate positive

Andreas Ahrens - Head of Climate at Inter IKEA Group
Climate change is a visible reality. At IKEA, we are committed to doing our part to limit climate change by transforming our business and become climate positive by 2030. At COP25, IKEA is hosting an event together with WWF as a facilitator, and inviting companies, policymakers, NGOs and other stakeholders to join a discussion to develop a global definition of what "climate positive" means.
 
The IKEA climate footprint and responsibility stretches across the entire lifecycle of our products – from the extraction of materials, the stores and touchpoints where we meet our customers to the use and end-of-life of our products.
 
IKEA is tackling climate change on all levels of the business, across the entire value chain. To become climate positive means reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than our total value chain emits while growing the IKEA business. We will not rely on carbon offsetting to reach this goal.
 
Today “climate positive” is used in many different ways, making it unclear if it leads to the right development to limit climate change to 1.5 C.
 
"IKEA sees the need to set a global standard that is transparent, measurable, and also based on science, so that right actions are taken to limit global warming. At COP25 we are inviting to dialogue with many different stakeholders to enable more companies to become climate positive in a credible way," says Andreas Ahrens, Head of Climate at Inter IKEA Group.
 
The event, “Establishing a Global Definition of Climate Positive” will start with an opening by Torbjörn Lööf, CEO at Inter IKEA Group, the host of the event and a short presentation of the IKEA climate positive ambition and the need for a global definition. WWF as the facilitator will introduce the ambition of establishing a standard and give suggestions for how to take the process forward.
 
Lena Pripp Kovac, Chief Sustainability Officer at Inter IKEA Group will also participate in the discussion and points at our responsibility – and opportunity – to make a positive difference and contribute towards limiting global warming.
"We need to work together with other companies and organisations to enable that the right technologies are in place, but also that the right policies are in place so that we steer the development in the right way and truly limit global warming to 1.5C." says Lena Pripp-Kovac.
 
COP25 will be held in Madrid, 2–13 December.
 
COP25 event: “Establishing a Global Definition of Climate Positive”
IKEA and WWF invites companies, policy makers, NGOs and other stakeholders to join a discussion about what a global definition of "climate positive" should include, grounding the definition in science and transparency and encouraging other companies to join.
 
Torbjörn Lööf, CEO at Inter IKEA Group together with Lena Pripp Kovac, Chief Sustainability Officer will be speaking at the event.
 
When:     10 December, 16:45 -18:15
Where:    Room 6, IFEMA
Lead organisers: Inter IKEA Group together with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).