Meridian Director Jane Cooling recently visited local green success story IKEA to see how they had made significant changes to the energy use and carbon footprint.

Here is a just some of the things IKEA have implemented so far:
– Voltage optimisation fitted on all warehouse lighting
– Planting fruit trees on site.
– Team Green had a soft launch in March 2011, and currently has 8 members.
– Sunpipes are installed in the call centre amenity areas to provide natural light.
– Geo-thermic heating/cooling is installed for the first 2 floors of the office block.
– There is an attenuation pond with reed-beds to store and clean surface water before discharge.
– A process of lime and cement stabilisation allowed the use of the contaminated material already on the site.
– From the 1st May 2011, Peterborough site stopped sending any residual waste to land fill, and strive to be cost neutral.
– Implemented textile, mixed glass, cardboard and music and audio bin for employee use, to ensure household waste is recycled.
– Light sensors within the warehouse to turn off lights when there is sufficient daylight.?
– Adopt a school every year, to help schools educate their students to be more sustainable.
– Tricycle used within the site, instead of more electric vehicles, picture displayed below.

This is just a snapshot of what IKEA have accomplished so far. Investors in the Environment are proud to have IKEA on board, they are great for Peterborough and a fantastic ambassador for other businesses becoming greener.