Ikea Amsterdam goes for electric transport
Next year, furniture store chain, Ikea, is going to replace its diesel trucks by electric transport in Amsterdam, as was announced on Thursday night by CEO, Jesper Brodin. The cities of New York, Shanghai, Paris and Los Angeles will follow the Dutch example. “With this initiative we want to lead the way to make air cleaner in the cities”, says Alberic Pater, sustainability manager of Ikea in the Netherlands.
Ready by 2025
In Amsterdam, Ikea is going to use 25 electric trucks and 5 electric delivery bicycles. “We want to be ready for electric transport by 2025.” According to Pater, there is more to be done than just replacing the trucks. “Electric vehicles have a limited range, so we will have to build a hub where trucks can be loaded and charge at the same time.”
100% renewable energy
Ikea wants to bring down CO2 emissions with 80% by a 40% lower energy consumption in the shops. The store chain will also opt for 100% renewable energy and zero emissions in transport.”