Regional Energy Globe Award Salzburg (Austria) (overall winner)
Submitted by: IKEA Salzburg Möbelvertrieb OHG
Implemented country: Austria
Title: IKEA demonstrates responsibility for the environment
Since the start of 2009, the IKEA furniture store in Salzburg has been vesting in responsibility for the environment. The complete company is heated by regional heating from biomass and its electric power is generated from eco-power sources. Thus IKEA Salzburg is supplied fully with renewables. Directly in front of the store is an electric drive loading station, which also loads the five electric bicycles that are available to store employees. Rental vans and trucks were converted to natural gas to promote the use of alternative transportation; old fuel hogs were replaced; trash disposal and recycling were made more efficient. Training improves employee attitudes toward sustainability and an environmental group facilitates dialog regarding environmental issues. The goal of these measures is to increase energy efficiency and the share for recycling while reducing CO2 emissions due to operation and transports.