IKEA UK has joined forces with Let’s Go Zero, a coalition campaign led by climate solution charity Ashden which aims to help all 32,000 schools in the UK reach zero carbon by 2030.
As part of IKEA’s wishes “to make living healthy, sustainable lives as easy as possible, not just at home, but in the wider community too – and that includes schools” the company is calling for applicants to propose solutions to tackle climate change at school- from growing vegetables to composting and building bike sheds.
According to the company’s website “The partnership supports IKEA’s long-standing commitment to take climate action, with Science-Based Targets that support our commitment to become climate positive by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050. Collaboration is a key part of our climate positive strategy and we believe that only by working together with business, governments, NGOs and charity partners, customers, co-workers and suppliers, we will be able to bring about positive change”.
Marsha Smith, Deputy Country Retail Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, said: “At IKEA, we’ve set ambitious goals to guide us on our journey to becoming climate positive by 2030, and radical collaboration is the way forward to deliver meaningful, systemic action. In Ashden, we have found a partner that can help us accelerate our vision of creating a better, healthier and more sustainable life at home for many people – and when we say home, we mean it in its broader sense, to encompass neighbourhoods and communities.”
Alex Green, Schools Lead at Let’s Go Zero, said: “Schools are key community hubs throughout the country. With 10 million people going through the school gate every day, their role in tackling the climate crisis is pivotal. There is massive untapped potential to accelerate sustainability in education, and we also hope to respond to those young people calling for change and to inspire and educate the whole next generation to make sustainable, healthy choices in their lifestyle. We’re thrilled to join forces with IKEA UK, who is perfectly placed to bridge between action in schools and action in everyone’s communities and homes. IKEA UK has the scale and reach to take this campaign to the next level.”
IKEA and Let’s Go Zero will be selecting 4 winning ideas from schools across the UK and through products, solutions and funds (for the value of £2,000 for each project) and bring these visions to life. Applications close on 30th June 2022.