It turns out that the LEGO Group’s targets when it comes to renewable energy were more than a just PR speak, with the company having reached its goal of using 100% renewables three years ahead of the original target.
The LEGO Group’s parent company, KIRKBI A/S, partnered with DONG Energy and PKA to build the the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm which brings the company in line with the target to use 100% sustainable energy sources. This has been achieved after investments of DKK 6 billion.
All totaled, the LEGO Group has supported the development of more than 160 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. KIRKBI A/S, on behalf of the LEGO Group, now owns 31.5% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany, and 25% of the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm. Further, 20,000 solar panels are set to be installed on the roof of the LEGO factory in Jiaxing, China, and will produce almost 6 gigawatts (GW) of electricity per year.
To celebrate the success story, the company broke a world record in Liverpool, constructing the largest LEGO brick built wind turbine. The project, supervised by LEGO Certified Professionals Duncan Titmarsh, Georg Schmitt and Balázs Dóczy used 146,000 pieces.
Bali Padda, CEO of the LEGO Group, shared his thoughts about why the sustainability work is important to the company.
“We see children as our role models and as we take action in reducing our environmental impact as a company, we will also continue to work to inspire children around the world by engaging them in environmental and social issues,” added Bali Padda.