IKEA understands the implications of climate change and is constantly taking steps towards improving energy efficiency and reducing its emission of greenhouse gases, according to the Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto).
During IKEA’s recent energy conservation initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the company was able to partner with the BOMA Toronto Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Program. Both IKEA locations in the GTA (North York and Queensway) have benefited from BOMA CDM Program incentives for energy conservation upgrades.
To date, IKEA has completed four projects through the CDM Program. Measures implemented have included lighting retrofits, upgrades to lighting controls and Building Automation Systems. The anticipated savings from the project undertakings are 330 kW and over 4,500,000 kWh, and are estimated to divert over 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to the company.
“It’s appropriate that IKEA is our 500th project. We met an exciting challenge to reach an exciting milestone,” said Robert Edwards, Director of Conservation and Business Development at the BOMA Toronto CDM Program. “But we continue to look to the future and remain on the lookout for other Conservation Partners in Toronto to carry on with the Program's incredible momentum.”
“Improving the energy conservation of our stores is a top priority,” said Ryan Monteath, Country Facilities Manager for IKEA. “We commend the BOMA Toronto CDM Program for its quick approval process, knowledgeable staff and for providing attractive financial incentives for lowering the energy use in our buildings.”
BOMA Toronto’s CDM Program, funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), offers energy-efficiency retrofit incentives to commercial properties over 25,000 square feet in the city of Toronto.
For more information, go to www.bomatoronto.org.