Target: President of IKEA Canada Kerri Molinaro
Goal: Commend IKEA for investing in wind energy to power its stores with renewable energy.
IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer, with over 340 stores, 38 of which are based in the United States. The company is looking to power the majority of its stores with renewable energy, notably wind energy. IKEA Canada recently purchased a 46 megawatt wind farm in Alberta which consists of twenty turbines. The farm is expected to generate 161 gigawatt hours each year, which is more than double the energy consumption of IKEA Canda. It is equivalent to 60 percent of IKEA Group electricity use in North America, or eight percent of worldwide use by the company. The project is under construction by the globally recognized wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power, and will be completed by fall 2014.
IKEA company currently owns 157 wind turbines globally, with a vast majority of those turbines in Europe. The company has also installed 500,000 solar panels on the roofs of their stores in over nine countries, and invested in several wind markets in their efforts to support renewable energy. The group is hoping to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by the year 2020. “This wind farm in Alberta, along with existing solar installations at three of our Ontario stores, is a significant step to achieving IKEA’s global ambition to be energy independent by 2020, producing more renewable energy than we consume,” said Kerri Molinaro, President of IKEA Canada.
With many countries still struggling to make the switch to renewable energy, IKEA should be commended for their efforts to make their business greener. If enough companies and nations follow this example, the effects of greenhouse gases could be reduced. Sign this petition and thank IKEA for going green.
Dear Kerri Molinaro,
I want to thank you for making your company go green with your recently purchased wind farm project. As a concerned human being, I hope that more companies will follow your example of utilizing renewable energy to power their stores and factories. There is enough evidence to suggest that climate change is a result of carbon emissions, and I’m glad you are doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint.
I hope that your company will make a significant impact on energy consumption so that other businesses will wish to follow this model. It is crucial that our businesses switch to renewable energy to save our environment and our ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
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