The LEGO Group has committed to reducing its absolute carbon emissions by 37 per cent by 2032 – a target that has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative. The goal is consistent with levels required to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees, and is recognised as the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement.
The company’s target covers emissions from its own operations which equates to 10 per cent of total emissions and includes energy use in its factories, offices and stores, and from its supply chain which equates to 90 per cent of emissions including areas such as raw materials and distribution.
Tim Brooks, VP, environmental responsibility, The LEGO Group, said: “Climate change poses one of the biggest risks to society and the planet that our children will inherit. We are committed to building a better planet for future generations and that means stepping up efforts to reduce carbon emissions across our entire value chain.”
LEGO has outlined a plan that will help it achieve the target, including moves to continue to invest in sustainable materials research to reduce the carbon footprint of LEGO products, work with suppliers through LEGO’s Engage to Reduce programme, increase energy efficiency through its own operations, increase investment in renewable energy, and design offices and factories to the highest environmental standards.
Brooks added: “Businesses need to play a core role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. By setting ourselves an ambitious carbon reduction target, we’ll not only continue to improve our carbon efficiency but will invest in driving innovation and energy efficiency across our whole value chain.
“We want to ensure we are not just doing better but are holding ourselves accountable to doing our bit to protect children and the planet from the risks of global warming.”
LEGO recently detailed a $400 million investment over three years to accelerate its sustainability efforts. The funds will be used to drive meaningful, long-term change aligned to two United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: #4 Quality Education and #12 Responsible Consumption and Production.
As part of this investment, the company will continue to inspire and join forces with children, parents, employees, and partners around the world to act on climate issues.
Brooks concluded: “We know we can’t move the dial on global warming alone which is why we are committed to continuing to work with our suppliers, partners, children, employees and fans to have a positive impact on the planet and inspire the children of today to become the builders of a more sustainable tomorrow.”