Energy company Gasum and IKEA Finland continue to work together with the opening of a renewable natural gas filling station at the IKEA store in Raisio. This new facility improves the availability of a low-emission fuel and promotes the circular economy in the Turku economic region. Two natural gas stations were opened at IKEA stores in 2018, one at the IKEA store in Lommila, Espoo, and the other at the IKEA store in Porttipuisto, Vantaa. Cooperation between the companies aims to open more filling stations.
In addition to these refueling sites in the vicinity of IKEA stores, cooperation also includes utilizing waste food from IKEA’s instore restaurants in the production of biogas and a chance to use the natural gas in IKEA’s logistics.
“Responsibility and sustainability are important values to us and guide all our business. We are proud to be able to offer our customers an eco-friendly fuel option in the vicinity of IKEA stores. At the same time as we are actively working to reduce food waste, we are also promoting the circular economy by using the little food waste from our restaurants in the production of low-emission fuel,” said Jessica Lehtinen, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA Finland.
Finland aims to halve emissions from transport by 2030 compared to the levels in 2005. This calls for private motorists and businesses alike to make some quick changes. IKEA Finland aims to gradually transition the vehicles used by its staff and IKEA buses to mobility powered by biomethane.
“Recent years have seen brisk growth in the popularity of NGVs. In 2018, for example, the number of natural gas cars registered was almost double compared to 2017. In addition, the recent Suomalaisten autoilu 2019 motoring survey shows that drivers clocking up more than 20,000 km a year are more interested in a natural gas vehicle than in a fully electric vehicle,” commented Heidi Kuoppala, Business Manager, Sales, Traffic, Gasum.