Gasum has signed a comprehensive circular economy cooperation agreement with IKEA Finland. The cooperation will involve using food waste from IKEA restaurants in Finland to produce biogas, with Gasum filling stations also to be constructed in conjunction with IKEA stores. The first station will be opened at the IKEA store in Espoo in late 2017. The Finnish IKEA stores will be the first IKEA units in the world to get natural gas stations.
“Utilizing the volumes of food waste remaining after our efforts to eliminate wastage is a sustainable act for the promotion of a clean energy form, biogas. As a company we’re determined to set a good example by adopting new circular-economy approaches and hopefully at the same time inspiring consumers as well as other companies to take concrete environmental action,” said Country Sustainability Manager Tiina Suvanto from IKEA Finland.
”Our partnership with IKEA Finland is a great example of comprehensive circular-economy cooperation benefiting all those involved. The opening of natural gas filling stations in conjunction with the stores will improve access to a cleaner road fuel among consumers as well as logistics operators,” said Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, from Gasum. In transport use, biogas helps reduce the fuel’s lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%.
In the future the cooperation will also enable the utilization of biogas fuel in IKEA Finland’s own operations and by IKEA’s transport partners. “The natural gas filling stations will improve our partners’ capacities for fleet renewal through a switch to environmentally friendly biogas. Our aim is also to gradually replace the cars used by IKEA Finland’s personnel as well as the IKEA buses with vehicles running on environmentally friendly fuel,” Suvanto added.