In 2017, IKEA Germany opened the “More Sustainable Store” in Kaarst near Düsseldorf, the world’s most sustainable store at that time. The aim of this international pilot project was to harmonize the three sustainability pillars of ecology, economy, and social responsibility in all its facets – from the use of environmentally friendly technologies to local cooperations. In the energy concept for the new store, IKEA relied on a combination of many efficient and resource-saving technologies. The result was a unique store that represented an important step towards a more sustainable future for IKEA. The holistic concept of IKEA Kaarst delivered a lot of tests and proof points as well as learnings for IKEA while developing the “People & Planet Positive” strategy, especially with focus on how to integrate sustainability into expansion projects and operating buildings, as well as how to cooperate with local communities while opening and after opening a store.