The Danish toy manufacturing giant, The Lego group has achieved a 100% renewable energy target three years ahead of schedule. The Lego-brand toy company achieved its ambitious goal, which is attributed to the completion of a 258-megawatt offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, and building a giant wind turbine which is made exclusively of LEGO to mark the celebrations.
The company has a 25% stake in the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm which is located off the coast of Liverpool, England and the project was officially inaugurated recently. Bali Padda, CEO of the Lego Group said that the company worked to leave a positive impact on the planet and reiterated that he was excited about the inauguration of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm.
The Lego Group has been involved in a number of renewable energy developments. KIRBI A/S, the parent company of the Lego Group, and which works on behalf of Lego is said to own 31% of the Borkum Riggrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany, and also a quarter of Burbo Bank which is in the Liverpool Bay.
Padda said that together with their partners they intended to continue their investments in renewable energy to help create a better future. According to the company sources, the total output from the LEGO Group’s investments in renewables is said to exceed the energy consumed at all the LEGO factories, offices, and stores globally.
The giant LEGO turbine model which was built to mark the occasion is featured with 146,000 plastic bricks and has broken the Guinness World Records title for the largest LEGO brick wind turbine. The wind turbine is 7.5 metres tall and is said to be a tribute to the record 200-metre wind turbines of the Burbo Bank Extension. Padda reiterated that he hoped the record-breaking turbine would raise significant awareness on the importance of renewable energy.
He added that the company saw children as the role models and they took action in reducing the environmental impact. He said they would continue to work to inspire children from around the world by engaging them in both social and environmental issues.
Meanwhile, Lego is planning to install around 20,000 solar panels on the roof of its China-based factory in Jiaxing. The panels would produce around 6 GW of energy per year.