Reducing our emissions

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We aim to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions* from making and selling LEGO® bricks across our factories, offices and stores, as well as in our supply chain. In 2020, we were the first large toy company to announce a science-based emissions reduction target to reduce our absolute GHG emissions by 37% by 2032, against a 2019 baseline, and in August 2023, we pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. To keep ourselves on track, we’ve introduced an annual KPI to reward colleagues for contributing to our reduction targets.

*Greenhouse gases are gases that trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere. They let sunlight travel through, but they hinder heat from exiting the atmosphere.

Net-zero emissions

In addition to our approved Science Based Target to reduce our absolute CO2 emissions by 37% by 2032, we have also pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 as part of our continued efforts to reduce environmental impact. We submitted our intention to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) in August 2023 and will work with the Institute to develop a target and a climate transition plan demonstrating a roadmap to achieving the target.

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    What does a science-based target mean?

    Having an approved Science-Based Target (SBT) means that our target is sufficiently ambitious and is in line with the Paris Agreement. To ensure constant alignment with the latest climate science; we follow SBTi guidance and regularly review our target.

    Our target has been approved by the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact, CDP, WRI and WWF.

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    What’s covered by our target?

    Our GHG emission reduction target covers everything that goes into making and selling our products.

    A percentage of these GHG emissions come from our own factories, stores and offices. However, most emissions come from outside of our operations, from our supply chain – including; but not limited to; emissions from the raw materials we buy, the transportation we use and what happens to LEGO® products when they are no longer needed for play.

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How will we meet our target?

To reach our science-based target, we are making decisions to reduce the environmental impact from all parts of our business.

This means continuing our investments in more sustainable materials for LEGO products and packaging, and exploring how to make our business more circular.

We are improving energy efficiency, expanding on-site renewable energy production and securing a supply of renewable energy across factories, offices and stores.

But we know that we can’t meet our targets alone. We are collaborating with our partners through a program called Engage-to-Reduce and making sustainability a focus of our procurement process.

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Everybody playing their part

We have a new annual KPI to encourage colleagues to help make a positive impact as we lower emissions across our factories, stores and offices.

The KPI measures carbon from our operations (scope 1 and 2 emissions) and one scope 3 emission category (business travel), and compares this with how many bricks have been manufactured over the same period, to get a carbon intensity metric that we can track.

From 2024, a portion of our salaried employees' bonus payments will be tied to annual emissions. Over time we will expand it to cover scope 3 emissions, as we progress towards our goal to become a more sustainable business.

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Our GHG emissions

Understanding our climate impact allows us to take action to improve it. Every year, we calculate the LEGO Group's GHG emissions in accordance with the framework defined by the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

We report on Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which ensures we account for all the GHG emissions linked to the production and sales of LEGO® products.

Our emission calculations are verified every year by an external third-party in accordance with the international standard on assurance engagements 3410.