IKEA has signed up to a new transport leadership pledge to electrify fleets, along with four globally recognised businesses – Unilever, JSW Steel, Maersk and DPD.
The five companies have committed to the EV100+ launched by the international non-profit organisation The Climate Group. They will now transition their fleet of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, known as medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs), to zero-emission by 2040 in OECD markets, China and India.
“The key to accelerating the deployment of zero-emission trucks is to collaborate confidently across the transport industry and create clarity on the direction,” said Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, sustainability manager, supply chain operation, IKEA Supply AG.
“The electrification of transport plays a big role in phasing out fossil fuels in the IKEA supply chain. We are joining EV100+ to magnify the movement toward sustainable transport. It is urgent and doable.”
Furthermore, IKEA aims to become climate positive by 2030. As a big transport buyer with more than two million shipments per year, IKEA said it has the responsibility to reduce its emissions and also the opportunity to show the way and speed up the decarbonisation of the transport industry.
While, EV100+ builds on the success of The Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative, launched in 2017, now celebrating its fifth anniversary. It brings together companies committed to making electric transport the new normal. EV100 gathers over 120 businesses across the globe, with a combined fleet of over 5.5 million vehicles.
Sandra Roling, director of transport at Climate Group, added: “We’re very excited to launch EV100+ at this year’s Climate Week NYC alongside IKEA. The EV100+ commitment is a great demonstration of leadership from all the founding members and builds on the work we have already done with IKEA on EV100. MHDVs represent the final frontier of zero-emission road transportation, and EV100+ will tackle the heaviest, most polluting vehicles across the world.”