With the inauguration of the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm today, 17 May, the LEGO Group informed it had reached the goal of balancing 100% of its energy use with energy from renewable sources.
The total ouput from the investments by the LEGO Group in renewables now exceeds the energy consumed at all LEGO factories, stores and offices globally. In 2016, more than 360 gigawatt hours of energy was used by the LEGO Group to produce the more than 75 billion LEGO bricks sold around the world during the year.
The company said that since 2012 it has supported the development of more than 160 megawatts of renewable energy. The latest investment is a 25% stake in the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool, UK.
The Danish company’s ambition to go fully green was met after four years and a DKK 6 billion investment in two offshore wind farms.
To celebrate, the LEGO Group has also built the largest ever LEGO brick wind turbine, a Guinness World Records title, and challenged children around the world to create their own renewable energy solutions.
“We work to leave a positive impact on the planet and I am truly excited about the inauguration of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm. This development means we have now reached the 100% renewable energy milestone three years ahead of target. Together with our partners, we intend to continue investing in renewable energy to help create a better future for the builders of tomorrow,” said Bali Padda, CEO of the LEGO Group.
Reaching the 100% renewable milestone was a target inspired by the LEGO Group’s partnership with the WWF Climate Savers programme, the company said, further adding that it works with other partners to advocate for investment in renewable energy and has joined the RE100, a global initiative of companies committed to using 100% renewable energy.