IKEA underlines sustainability in its new store

IKEA’s new Greenwich store, due to open will open 7 February 2019, is intended to be a beacon of sustainability and accessibility.

IKEA Greenwich will offer unique facilities, flexible work areas, workshops and free green spaces including a roof garden, roof pavilion and a ‘Learning Lab’ where customers, creative partners and the local community will be able to explore prolonging the life of products, grow food and upcycle.

IKEA Greenwich is targeting a BREEAM ‘outstanding’* accreditation for the building’s environmental design, incorporating a number of green technologies such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting, renewable construction materials and a geothermal heating system. The store is aiming to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy and features large use of natural light, reducing dependence on artificial lighting.

“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA. We want to be a force for change by having a lasting, positive impact on people and the planet,” said Hege Sæbjørnsen, country sustainability manager, IKEA UK & Ireland. “IKEA is playing a key role in the shift towards a circular economy, and the new Greenwich store will be a leading example for circular retail in London as we aim to inspire and enable people to live a more sustainable life at home and support them to reuse, refresh or recycle their products.”

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