Inauguration of Glötesvålen – IKEA energy independent in the Nordics

2015-05-29

With the inauguration of their third wind farm in Sweden, IKEA takes a historic step towards a sustainable future. With 30 new wind turbines on Glötesvålen in Härjedalen the IKEA Group is completely energy independent in the Nordic countries. The wind park on Glötesvålen has been built and is managed by OX2.

IKEA Group operations in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark) join operations in Canada that became energy independent in 2014, producing more energy from renewable sources than they consume in their buildings. Operations in Poland and the US are on-track for energy independence with wind farms under construction. This is part of the IKEA Group goal to become energy independent globally by 2020.

IKEA Group now owns and operates 46 wind turbines in Sweden – 30 in Glötesvålen, nine in Korpfältet and seven in Rämsberget. Together with an additional turbine in Tåstrup, Denmark, this means that IKEA Group will produce an estimated 361 GWh of renewable energy each year in the Nordic countries. That corresponds to the annual supply of electricity for approximately 72,000 households and a reduction in CO2 emissions equal to 288,500 tonnes. Together with the heat energy produced from biomass in IKEA Group factories in Sweden, the IKEA Group will produce as much energy from renewable sources as it uses in all its stores, shopping centres, factories, distribution centres and offices in the Nordic countries.

IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 314 wind turbines in nine* countries and has installed 700,000 solar panels on its buildings. The company aims to have invested and committed to invest EUR 1.5 billion in wind and solar power by the end of 2015.

“Becoming energy independent in the Nordic countries is an important step towards our goal to be energy independent globally by 2020. We believe that what is good for our customers and for our planet is also good for IKEA,” said Håkan Svedman, Country Manager, IKEA Retail Sweden.

“At IKEA, we invest into renewable energy because it is the right thing to do for people, the planet and for the future of our business. Achieving energy independence in the Nordic countries is a big step towards our goal to produce as much renewable energy as all the energy we use globally by 2020,” said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.

Invigning Glötesvålens vindpark

The wind park on Glötesvålen has been built and is managed by OX2. The 30 wind turbines on Glötesvålen is expected to produce around 220 GWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the annual consumption of household electricity for approximately 44,000 households. Glötesvålen has one of Scandinavia’s best wind locations at 1 010 meters above sea level and with an average wind speed between 8 and 9 meters per second.

“This year more than 14,000 GWh of wind power was produced in Sweden, and Glötesvålens wind farm produces almost as much as the country’s total wind power capacity in year 2000. I want to thank IKEA for their contribution in the transition towards a more sustainable society and for doing so in a financially sustainable and responsible way by setting high standards for all involved in the project,” said Paul Stormoen, CEO OX2 Wind.

Read more about Glötesvålen (in Swedish)

*In addition to the wind farms in Sweden, IKEA Group has now committed to own and operated wind farms in Canada, United States, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Great Britain.

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