Heat from waste – Ikea Germany relies on biogas

100 percent by 2024

Ikea Germany has now signed a contract under which the company will gradually switch from natural gas to biogas from January 2022. Renewable processes such as pellet heating systems or heat pumps have also been used in the past. Nevertheless, natural gas had to be used for the most part, it is said.

The company will start from 2022 with a 25 percent share of biogas. This should rise to 75 percent by 2023 and reach 100 percent by 2024.

Additional costs are included

“Even though we are aware that biogas will only be a small component of the energy transition, we see it as a good opportunity for IKEA to move away from fossil natural gas more quickly. We are willing to accept additional costs because, as they are an investment in look at the future,” says Brandsaeter.

The biogas is therefore biomethane, which is produced exclusively from waste and residues. In this way, the company avoids having to grow energy crops specifically for this purpose.

Possible electricity-based alternative

The biogas thus neither competes with food production nor does the production lead to changes in land use. For the first three years, the biogas should come from European sources and from 2025 exclusively from German sources.

As a permanent alternative, Ikea is also examining the installation of electrical heating and cooling systems that are operated with zero-emission electricity using renewable electricity. (jk)


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