Located at Holywood Exchange on the outskirts of Belfast, IKEA’s first store in Ireland opened on 13th December 2007. IKEA Belfast is 32 500 sq metres in size and features a complete range of home furnishing products, with over 50 fully furnished rooms and 3 home layouts in store. It also has a strong commitment to the environment and currently recycles over 90% of all store waste.
IKEA originally installed a biomass boiler in 2007, designed to take either woodchip or wood pellets. In addition to the 1200kW Gilles boiler, IKEA also installed a 24 tonne containerised storage unit to hold the supply of biomass fuel.
IKEA started off using woodchip in the boiler as their choice of biomass fuel but in 2008 changed to Balcas Energy wood pellets. Since changing to Balcas Energy, IKEA has been very impressed with the performance of the boiler, the higher calorific value of the fuel allowing for more efficient use of the storage space available.
On average IKEA use 233 tonnes of wood pellets each year, which is equivalent to 114,170 litres of oil. The total cost of this oil would have equated to £68,500 (based on an average oil cost of £0.60 per litre), which results in the company making a saving of £29,356 each year.
In addition IKEA also offset 280 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
Located at Holywood Exchange on the outskirts of Belfast, IKEA’s first store in Ireland opened in December 2007.
- On average IKEA use 233 tonnes of wood pellets each year, which is the equivalent to 114,170 litres of oil.
- This results in IKEA making a saving of approx. £30,000 each year.
- In addition IKEA also offset 280 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.