The LEGO group is now powered by 100 per cent renewable energy – three years ahead of schedule. Over the past four years, the toy building bricks company has invested close to USD 9 billion into two offshore wind farms.
The LEGO group has been investing in more than 160 megawatts of renewable energy since 2012. Its latest investment is a 25 per cent stake in the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool, UK, which opened earlier this week.
“We work to leave a positive impact on the planet and I am truly excited about the inauguration of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm,” Bali Padda, CEO of the LEGO Group, said in a statement. “This development means we have now reached the 100% renewable energy milestone three years ahead of target.”
The total ouput from the investments by the LEGO Group in renewables now exceeds the energy consumed at all LEGO factories, stores and offices around the world.
To celebrate this renewable milestone and raise awareness of the importance of renewable energy, the LEGO Group has built the largest ever LEGO brick wind turbine, a Guinness World Records title. Built with 146,000 LEGO bricks, the wind turbine stands 7.5 metres tall and is a tribute to the 200-metre tall Burbo Bank Extensions wind turbines – the largest windmills in operation worldwide.
The LEGO Group has also invited more than a million children on its social media platform to build their own renewable energy machines that can capture the wind and provide energy to power their lives.
“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,” said Padda.
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