As part of Kinnarps' environmental and sustainability initiative, The Better Effect, we are going to participate in the event, Earth Hour, on 28 March. From 8.30 p.m., for one hour, all lights that can be switched off in our factories in Sweden and Germany will be switched off.
"At Kinnarps, we consider the climate one of the most important environmental issues of our time. Therefore, we want to participate in the event to demonstrate that we take climate change seriously, and together with millions of others across the world, we are highlighting the issue," says Johanna Ljunggren, responsible for eco-labelling at Kinnarps.
As Europe's largest provider of office interior design solutions, Kinnarps wants to lead the way in working towards more sustainable development. Part of our long-term work is being part of, and supporting, the world's largest climate event - Earth Hour.
"The world's climate is changing and the average global temperature is going to increase even more if emissions of greenhouse gases are not reduced. Earth Hour is a way of showing those in power that there are many of us who are concerned, and who want to have a more climate-smart society, both globally and locally," says Johanna Ljunggren.
WWF, which organises the event, estimates that around two billion people around the world will be turning out their lights on Saturday. The theme this year is based on transport, meat production, housing and economic issues and how these four affect our planet. Kinnarps is taking part for the seventh year in a row, although, of course, Kinnarps always takes the environment into consideration.
"It is not enough to turn off the lights for an hour each year, we must also look at how we run our entire business. It is what we do for the rest of the year that is important. We are continually reviewing how to reduce our energy consumption and become more efficient, so as to reduce our impact on the climate. For example, the truck which makes the most journeys between the factories in Sweden runs on biodiesel, something which reduces the emissions of fossil carbon dioxide and thus also the impact on climate," says Johanna Ljunggren.