Worldwide toymaker LEGO announced yesterday that it reached its 100% renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule. The company credits the completion of 258 megawatt Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm, among other initiatives, with helping it reach such goals.
In 2015, LEGO announced it would invest $150 million over 15 years to become more sustainable with manufacturing and operations. In 2016, the company highlighted both responsible resource consumption and climate objectives in its Responsibility Report, including:
- Progress towards using only sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030, and producing prototype LEGO bricks using plastic sourced from sustainable materials
- Continuing the use of 100% Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and packaging in core products
- Recycling 93% of all waste and 100% of element waste
- Ensuring that 90% of all energy consumption at LEGO factories and offices was balanced with production of renewable energy
The company also announced further environmental ambitions, including balancing consumption with production of renewable energy by 2020 and beyond, working with suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030, using sustainable materials in all packaging by 2020, and adding zero waste to landfills in LEGO operations by 2025 and in the value chain by 2030.
LEGO attractions have also focused on sustainability, both for its operations and for surrounding areas. In 2016, Legoland, in Florida, announced plans to erect a 2MW solar array at the park, which will generate enough energy to power 250 homes in the area.
That same year, LEGO launched the Engage-to-Reduce program with suppliers to create innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions, and also created an environmental strategy for materials that inspires employees to identify opportunities to operate more efficiently.