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Climate Lobbying Overview: IKEA appears to have actively and positively lobbied on climate change policy worldwide. It has consistently backed the science of climate change, and the UN treaties and government regulations responding to the climate change. It supports limiting global warming to 1.5°C and the target of carbon neutrality by 2050. It has advocated policymakers around the world to increase ambitions in regulations addressing carbon pricing, energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions targets, and energy transition. It has membership in several industry associations, among which a majority has positively engaged with climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: IKEA has consistently acknowledged the science of climate change and backed the Paris Agreement over the years. The company has urged the US to remain in the Paris Agreement in 2019. In April 2021, Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group have stated support for the re-entry of the US into the Paris Agreement and government policies to respond to climate change, including European Green Deal, the Climate Law, and carbon pricing in a joint letter addressed to the US government. Between 2020 and 2021, IKEA has stated support for limiting global warming to 1.5°C in its corporate reporting and urged policymakers in the EU, the UK, Australia, and the US to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 in various public statements.

Engagement with Climate-related Regulations: In a joint letter signed by Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group in April 2021, the organization appears to support a higher carbon price and a carbon border adjustment mechanism in the EU. In response to the EU’s Climate Law Roadmap in 2020, IKEA advocated for ambitious carbon pricing to engender the “rapid decarbonization of society” but did not offer support for a specific carbon-pricing policy mechanism. In the same feedback, IKEA supported energy efficiency targets in the EU in combination with GHG emission and renewable energy targets. In its 2020 CDP submission, IKEA disclosed that it backs existing energy efficiency legislation in the EU Clean Energy Package and advocates for increased ambition in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. In December 2020, IKEA called for ambitious energy efficiency policies to decarbonize buildings in an open letter to the Governor of California.

In terms of renewable energy, IKEA disclosed its advocacy for increased ambition in the EU Renewable Energy Directive in its 2020 CDP submission. In its response to European Commission’s consultation request in 2020, the company stated support for the harmonization and simplification of regulations in the EU to maximize renewable electricity generation. Additionally, IKEA also stated support for the 2025 renewable energy target in Taiwan, as reported by RE100 in December 2020, and advocated the Japanese government to increase their renewable energy target ambition in a joint letter initiated by RE100 in March 2021.

Regarding emissions targets, in 2021, IKEA urged EU policymakers to set a zero CO2 emissions target by 2035 in legislation for vehicle manufacturers in a joint letter. In 2020, it stated support for the target of net-zero emission by 2050 announced by the governments in the UK and Australia and the EU as well as raising the ambition of the EU’s 2030 Climate Target to 55% emissions reduction through various media channels. As reported by La Repubblica in 2021, IKEA advocated for the US to adopt higher greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Positioning on Energy Transition: IKEA stated support to a transition away from fossil fuels towards greater use of bioenergy in its corporate reporting in 2021. In October 2021, IKEA called for phasing out coal-fired power generation, promoting electrification of transport, increasing the share of renewable energy, and removing fossil fuel subsidies in a joint letter addressed to G20 leaders. In a joint letter in April 2021, Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group advocated the US and EU governments to decarbonize the energy systems and deploy zero-emission vehicles in their economies. According to its 2020 CDP submission, the organization has advocated German policymakers to increase the speed in phasing out coal to no later than 2030. On the energy transition in the EU, the company argued for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies to support carbon pricing and advocated for government to support the infrastructure for the electrification of transportation in response to the EU Climate Law in 2020; it also stated support for the clean mobility transformation in a joint letter to the EU Commission leaders in the same year. In Australia, IKEA emphasized the importance of low-emissions energy generation in the post-COVID recovery in a joint letter addressed to the Australian Prime Minister in 2020.

Industry Association Governance: IKEA appears to have not provided a detailed disclosure of its relationships with trade associations lobbying on climate policy issues. It has membership in SolarPower Europe, Corporate Leaders Group, Japan Climate Leaders Partnership, and SmartEn which have positively lobbied on climate policy. However, IKEA is also a member of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations who appears to have mixed positions on climate change policy in Spain and the EU.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.