LEGO to build a greener supply chain

December 13, 2013

The toy giant LEGO has announced a new set of environmental goals that will see it sourcing all of its power from renewables by 2016 as it seeks a way to reduce its supply chain’s carbon footprint.

It has partnered with the WWF Climate Savers Programme to undertake a series of pilot projects that will help reduce the company’s carbon emissions, enhance resource efficiency and increase the use of renewable and recyclable materials.

LEGO Group’s CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp said that the reason they are looking to make their supply chain greener is that the company is becoming increasingly aware of the impact that they have on the planet. “Partnering with WWF is an important step in our efforts to get the best out of our sustainability initiatives. We are proud to contribute to WWF’s overall vision of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 and already now they have played a part in the targets we have set – and how we can achieve them.”

Currently LEGO’s supply chain accounts for approximately 90% of its total carbon footprint. Making the chain more eco-friendly means that the total emissions would be reduced by approximately 100,000 tonnes, the equivalent to taking 28,000 cars off the road.

Robert Stetcher, senior vice president for corporate affairs at LEGO Group added: “We feel that it is natural to engage in a closer dialogue with our suppliers so that, together, we can join forces to reduce the carbon emissions and collaborate on a common goal of making a positive impact on the environment and society at large.”