Legrand has been recognized by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for its continuing efforts to make energy efficiency a top priority through the company’s involvement in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, which calls upon participating companies to achieve a 25 percent energy intensity reduction within 10 years.
Legrand has already exceeded this challenge and achieved a 28.5 percent reduction across 14 US sites since starting the program in 2011. In 2012, Legrand achieved an incremental 8.34 percent reduction in energy intensity over its baseline year of 2009. In addition, it is working on its pledged to reduce energy intensity at its West Hartford, Conn., headquarters by 10 percent in two years.
Legrand has begun installing submeters at many facilities to identify further energy savings opportunities and implemented internally focused initiatives that empower employees to use less energy in their day-to-day at work.
Legrand shares the tools and approaches it develops in the course of tackling its own energy intensity reduction goals. Its latest tool is called Organizing for Results and includes a five-step process that other organizations may find useful as they develop and organize their sustainability efforts.
In addition, the company has pledged to report and share its results with the DOE and public through its participation in the BBBP Challenge.
All energy saving resources, including the Organizing for Results, Power Down Day Toolkit, Legrand’s Corporate Energy Policy, Energy Management Handbook and Energy Project Evaluation Tool, can be found the Legrand’s website.
In November 2012, employees of Legrand participated in a company-wide Power Down Day, which resulted in a total energy intensity reduction for the day at nearly 25 percent.