Wind power propels the LEGO Group towards 100% renewable energy
Our commitment to make a positive impact on the planet means that we aim to reduce our carbon emissions through improving our energy efficiency and by generating renewable energy. We are now harnessing our share of wind power from the German wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1, bringing us closer to our goal of becoming 100% renewable in 2020.
- We are committed to improving our energy efficiency and to building renewable energy capacity to reach our goal of becoming 100% renewable in 2020.
- Our share of the wind farm can produce enough energy to meet the annual electricity demand of approximately 100,000 households.
- Our parent company, KIRKBI A/S, entered into the joint venture agreement in 2012 to construct the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm.
Now harnessing wind power
The wind turbines in the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm have now started producing electricity. In October 2015, we inaugurated the wind farm. The wind farm consists of 78 wind turbines, and our share of the wind farm can produce enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 100,000 households annually.
”In the LEGO Group, we want to make a positive impact on the planet children will inherit. Our main contribution to society is our creative play experiences and their contribution to children's learning and development. Today, I am proud and literally energised to celebrate that the wind farm now generates renewable energy. It is a substantial step towards our 2020 goal to be 100% balanced by renewable energy. We will reach this by focusing on our energy efficiency, which has improved by more than 20% in the last five years, and by investing in renewable energy. These combined efforts mean that by 2020 we will produce more renewable energy than we use to manufacture the billions of LEGO bricks children all over the world love to play with.”
- Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, President and CEO of the LEGO Group, at the inauguration of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm.
Video caption: Aerial shot of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm
Towards our 2020 goal and beyond
To reach our 2020 goal, we focus on achieving energy efficiency improvements by consuming the lowest possible amount of energy. We have taken several important steps that include upgrading our manufacturing equipment and cooling systems and making our buildings more energy efficient. We are also sourcing renewable energy to reach our goal of becoming 100% renewable. Our investment in the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm is a part of our continuous commitment to balance our energy consumption with renewable energy production, and we will invest accordingly to reach our goal in the coming years – also beyond 2020.
Borkum Riffgrund 1
In 2012, KIRKBI A/S, who owns 75% of the LEGO Group, invested in the construction of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm and through KIRKBI A/S, the LEGO Group owns 31.5% of the wind farm. Borkum Riffgrund 1, which is located 54 km from shore and 37 km from the island of Borkum in Germany, is a joint venture project between DONG Energy (50%), KIRKBI A/S (31.5%) and William Demant Invest (18.5%). The wind farm, which occupies an area of 36 km2, is capable of generating up to 312 MW of electricity and will produce renewable energy equivalent to 320,000 households’ annual consumption and hence replace carbon emissive energy accordingly.