LEGO Achieves its Goal of 100% Renewable Energy Use 3 Years Ahead of Schedule

by | May 28, 2019

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After four years and a DKK 6 billion (USD 898 million) investment in two offshore wind farms, the LEGO Group has achieved its goal to balance 100% of its energy use with energy from renewable sources.

The total output 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 were used by the LEGO Group to produce the more than 75 billion LEGO bricks sold around the world during the year.

Reaching the 100% renewable milestone was a target inspired by the LEGO Group’s partnership with the WWF Climate Savers program. The LEGO Group 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.

The latest investment is a 25% stake in the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool, UK.

Facts about Burbo Bank Extension:

  • The Burbo Bank Extension wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S (25%), parent company of the LEGO Group.
  • The wind farm is located 7 kilometers off the coast of Liverpool and has a capacity of 258 megawatts.
  • The wind farm consists of 32 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines.
  • KIRKBI A/S invested approximately DKK 3.3 billion (USD 494 million) in the construction of the wind farm, bringing the total amount invested in building offshore wind power to over DKK 6 billion (USD 898 million).

Facts about the LEGO Group’s 100% renewable energy milestone:

  • Since 2012, KIRKBI A/S has invested approximately DKK 6 billion (USD 898 million) in renewable energy on behalf of the LEGO Group, equivalent to 162 megawatts.
  • In addition to Burbo Bank Extension, KIRKBI A/S 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.
  • 20,000 solar panels will be installed on the roof of the LEGO® factory in Jiaxing, China. The panels will produce almost six gigawatts of energy per year.

 

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