Lego in $1 billion carbon neutral factory plan

Global toy group Lego has announced it is to build a $1 billion new carbon-neutral run factory in the USA, as part of its long-term growth strategy.

Once completed in 2025, the 340 acres site, the size of 260 American football fields, will have rooftop and ground solar panels and an on-site 35-40 MW solar plant, generating the equivalent of the energy needed to power approximately 10,000 American homes. The group said its ambition is for the solar plant to match the total annual energy requirements of the site.

“The site will be designed to support the company’s sustainability ambitions, including reducing its absolute global carbon emissions by 37 per cent by 2032,” a statement revealed. “It will use the latest energy-efficient production equipment while buildings and manufacturing processes are designed to minimise energy use.”

Carsten Rasmussen, chief operations officer of the Lego Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to mark the beginning of construction here in Virginia. We are grateful for the fruitful collaboration we have had with all partners across the Commonwealth of Virginia who share and support our ambition to build this factory.

“We are working hard to reduce emissions at the Lego Group and are really excited about our plans to build this solar plant as we push towards a better world for our children to inherit.

“Our new site will allow us to inspire millions of children across the Americas through play and we can’t wait to get started.”

The plans will see when completed the new facility aims to be carbon-neutral run, which means it can demonstrate net-zero emissions from electricity and fuel use (scope 1 and 2) using on-site or off-site renewable energy.

The On site solar plant will have 35,000-40,000 ground panels, 15,000-20,000 roof panels, which will generate 30-35 MW in total capacity. The new factory will share the same ambition as all Lego operations of achieving zero waste from factories to landfill.

Lego said the factory investment in Virginia will expand its global manufacturing network which is designed to locate factories close to major markets. This allows the Lego Group to respond to shifts in local demand, shorten the supply chain, and reduce its environmental impact.

The company is also investing in building capacity across its network and will open a new site in Vietnam by 2024 and is expanding existing factories in Mexico, Hungary, and China to meet immediate and long-term demand for the company’s products.