Iberdrola and IKEA sign a framework agreement to promote sustainable mobility
- IKEA will offer free charging stations for electric cars and supply 100% renewable green energy at its stores and corporate buildings in 2019
- The agreement forms part of the Iberdrola Sustainable Mobility Plan, which provides for the installation in Spain of 25,000 charging stations by 2021
Madrid. Iberdrola and IKEA have signed a cooperation agreement to promote sustainable mobility, under which the energy company will install over 50 e-vehicle charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and corporate buildings of the decoration company in Spain in 2019.
With the aim of improving the daily lives of a majority of people, IKEA will offer free electric vehicle charging to all its customers. The stores in Málaga, Badalona and Zaragoza will be the first to have this equipment.
In parallel, Iberdrola will install charging stations at the IKEA main offices in San Sebastián de los Reyes and its logistics centre in Valls (Tarragona). The rollout in Spain, which will start this month, will be completed in 2019.
Clean energy handled from a mobile phone
The customers and users of these IKEA stations will recharge the batteries of their electric cars with 100% green energy, which comes from clean generating sources and has a certificate guaranteeing its renewable origins.
Also, whether they are customers of Iberdrola or not, they will be able to manage charging on their mobile phones using the app that the company has developed as part of itsSmart Mobility plan. With the Iberdrola Public Charging App, e-vehicle drivers will be able to geo-locate and book a charging station.
Iberdrola, leading the transition to sustainable mobility
The agreement forms part of Iberdrola’s plans to promote and lead the transition to sustainable mobility and the electrification of transport as an effective way to fight climate change.
The company has developed a Sustainable Mobility Plan that includes the installation of 25,000 charging stations in Spain in four years. The plan also includes implementing a network of fast, superfast and ultrafast charging stations that will be installed every 100 km on the major motorways and corridors of Spain between 2018 and 2019, which will make it possible to cross Spain from end to end in an electric car.
At the same time, the company is working on developing specific policies and actions to ‘mobilise’ all the players involved: the administration, companies, car manufacturers, etc. Iberdrola has therefore reached agreements or pacts with the various players involved to promote sustainability, such as AVIA, BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Groupe PSA, Volkswagen, Telefónica, the Spanish Electricity Grid, Pelayo, Auchan Retail Group Spain and ZITY.
Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the biggest producer of wind power and one of the five top power companies in the world in terms of stock market capitalisation. The group is present in numerous countries and supplies energy to over 100 million people mainly in Spain, the United Kingdom (Scottish Power), the USA (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia) and Mexico. With a workforce of 34,000 and assets in excess of €110 billion, it posted revenues of over €31.263 billion and a net profit of €2.8 billion in 2017.
Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, offering the most advanced products and services to its customers. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to the fight against climate change and for the sustainability of the planet. Iberdrola forms part of numerous international sustainability indices, among them the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE 4Good, and is considered one of the most sustainable electricity companies in the world.
1943, Sweden. IKEA was founded 75 years ago to help you to transform your home. We landed in Spain 21 years ago. Since then, our mission has been to create a better daily life for the majority of people. We are passionate about life at home and we want to help you to make your home a better place. This is why we firmly defend “democratic design”, so that everyone can access functional, designer, sustainable and high-quality products at affordable prices.
This is the “IKEA concept”: helping to enable more and more people enjoy their homes. For them to find the necessary, essential well-being in it. And to reach this goal we are guided by our values, by our great passion for what we do. Our strong points are the people who make up IKEA Spain, the team spirit and the enthusiasm. We work hard but we have fun doing it. We are an inclusive company that is committed to equality and cares for the planet.
In fact, 52% of the managerial jobs at IKEA in Spain are held by women. Our goal for 2020 is to be 100% sustainable, using wood from much more sustainable forests and producing all the energy we need in our stores. Therefore, our photovoltaic facilities are already producing almost 20% of the green energy that we consume and we are the number one consumer of organic cotton. And this is just the beginning.