How Environmentally Friendly is IKEA Exeter Really? Andrew Marlow CEnv Has His Say
09 May 2018
When the hotly anticipated IKEA Exeter finally opens its doors on Thursday it promises to be the homeware giant's most sustainable store.
Aiming to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy, the store will have green technologies such as solar PV panels on the roof, rainwater harvesting and ground source heating.
It will also provide six electric vehicle charging points and have electric vans available as part of its home delivery service.
But with over 1,000 car parking spaces and lorry loads of stock arriving on site every day, can the new superstore really be that good for the environment?
Devon Live spoke to Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA, Managing Director of independent environmental consultancy firm onePLanet Solutions.
Is IKEA an environmentally friendly company in general?
"Generally, IKEA have a good record for being environmentally friendly and to adopt a more sustainable model for their shops. Often, many communities favour having an IKEA store because of their ethical and environmental values.
"Once constructed, the key environmental impacts of a store are the use of the store itself and customers that travel to the store."
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News source - Devon Live