LEGO Group achieves renewable milestone
The Danish toy maker achieves its ambition to balance 100% of its energy use with energy from renewables
Report from – Damien Carr
The target was reached three years ahead of schedule following DKK6Bn (£680M) investments in offshore wind and solar PV.
Since 2012, the LEGO Group has supported the development of more than 160 megawatts of renewable energy. The latest investment is a 25% stake in the Burbo Bank Extension through its parent company KIRKBI A/S. The wind farm, located 7km off the coast of Liverpool, has capacity to generate 258 megawatts, which is enough to generate energy for more than 230,000 households.
KIRKBI A/S also owns 31.5% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany, which can produce 312 megawatts and provide clean energy for 320,000 households.
The LEGO Group also plans to install 20,000 solar panels on the roof of the LEGO® factory in Jiaxing, China. The panels will produce almost six gigawatts of energy per year. This is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 6,000 Chinese households.
The total output from renewables now exceeds the energy consumed at all LEGO factories, stores and offices globally. In 2016, more than 360 gigawatt hours of energy were used by the LEGO Group to produce the more than 75 billion LEGO bricks sold around the world during the year.
LEGO Group is a member of RE100, a global initiative of companies committed to 100% renewable electricity, which was launched in 2014. Other members include Apple, IKEA, Coca-Cola, BMW Group, Swiss Re and Aviva.