LEGO builds partnerships with suppliers to cut emissions

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
29 November 2013

29 November 2013 | Will Green

Toymaker LEGO has pledged to work with suppliers to cut greenhouse gases as part of a new partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The company said it will begin test projects next year with suppliers to “co-create solutions to address the supply chain carbon emission impact”.

LEGO has set a target to cut carbon dioxide emissions from its factories by 10 per cent by 2016, but 90 per cent of the emissions connected with its products originate in the supply chain, such as with the extraction and refinement of raw materials, indirect procurement and distribution.

Robbert Stecher, senior vice president of corporate affairs, said: “If we are able to inspire and enable our supply chain to also achieve a reduction in their production at a similar level, the total emissions would be reduced by 100,000 tonnes. Such a reduction would be equivalent to taking approximately 28,000 cars off the streets.

“We feel that it is natural to engage in a closer dialogue with our suppliers so that together we can join forces to reduce the carbon emissions and collaborate on a common goal of making a positive impact on the environment and society at large.”

The company is also committed to producing more renewable energy than it uses in its facilities by 2016.

Gitte Seeberg, CEO of WWF Denmark, said: “Rapid climate change is the largest threat against nature and human society worldwide. This is a key focus for WWF globally. Working with companies such as the LEGO Group, which shares our concern, is essential to be able to achieve our vision of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.”

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