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The LEGO Group pledges to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

The LEGO Group has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 as part of its continued efforts to reduce environmental impact

  • 01 September 2023
  • Press release

The LEGO Group has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 as part of its continued efforts to reduce environmental impact.  

The company has submitted its intention to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and will work with the SBTi to develop a target which will cover Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions. The pledge is an extension of its existing near-term climate target to reduce GHG emissions by 37% by 2032 from a 2019 base, which was previously approved by the SBTi. The LEGO Group will seek to work with the SBTi to develop the net-zero target over the next two years, whilst developing a climate transition plan demonstrating a roadmap to achieving the target. The LEGO Group plans to triple its investment in environmental sustainability over the next three years, particularly in areas that will help reduce GHG emissions, spending more than $1.4 billion on sustainability-related activities. This includes: 

  • Designing buildings and sites to be carbon neutral run. Factories and buildings will be designed and constructed to the highest environmental standards. For example, we are currently building two factories which are designed to be carbon neutral run once completed and aim to secure Gold LEED certification as the baseline standard on all new factories and buildings on our global campus. 
  • Increasing capacity and production of renewable energy at our sites. We will reduce absolute emissions across our manufacturing, stores and offices through increasing production of renewable energy in our factories and buying renewable energy for factories, offices and stores. 
  • Taking CO2 emissions into account across all business decisions. This includes Shadow Carbon Pricing on key investments, a Carbon KPI which will be tied to executive remuneration from 2024 and responsible travel policies to reduce the amount of employee travel, especially international air travel. 
  • Joining forces with suppliers to collectively reduce environmental impact. 98% of our GHG emissions come from outside our operations, from our supply chain. We continue to work with our suppliers, via our long-standing Engage-to-Reduce programme which was established in 2014, to collectively lower their environmental impact. 

Beyond this activity, the company will also continue to invest in initiatives to reduce carbon globally that may not count towards achieving the SBTi-approved target at this stage. This includes exploring compensation actions, such as supporting carbon capture programmes, and scaling up a mass balance approach to reduce reliance on fossil fuels as a raw material. 

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