The LEGO Group achieves renewable energy goal three years early
<p><a href="//www.lego.com">The LEGO Group</a> has achieved its ambitious goal of balancing 100 percent of its energy use with energy from renewable sources, which it has managed to do an astonishing three years earlier than expected.</p>
<p>In celebration of this, the company has built the largest ever LEGO wind turbine – receiving a Guinness World Record for its efforts – and is challenging children across the globe to create their own renewable energy solutions. LEGO has previously <a href="http://www.energydigital.com/renewable-energy/lego-batman-inspiring-chi… the help of Batman</a> to raise kids’ awareness of sustainability.</p>
<p>The LEGO Group has, since 2012, supported the development of over 160 megawatts of renewable energy. The most recent investment was a 25 percent stake in the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool, UK, which will generate clean energy for over 230,000 households.</p>
<p>The total output from LEGO Group renewable investments now exceeds the energy consumed at all LEGO factories, shops, and offices across the world. The 100 percent renewable milestone was a target inspired by LEGO’s partnership with the WWF Climate Savers programme, and it works with other partners to advocate for investment in renewable energy. The Group has also joined the RE100, a global initiative of companies committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.</p>
<p>Bali Padda, CEO of the LEGO Group, said: “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. This development means we have now reached the 100 percent renewable energy milestone three years ahead of target. Together with our partners, we intend to continue investing in renewable energy to help create a better future for the builders of tomorrow.”</p>
<p>The new LEGO brick wind turbine, standing at 7.5 metres tall and made with 146,000 bricks, is a tribute to the record-breaking 200 metre tall wind turbines of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm, and visitors of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort can see the turbine in real life as of summer this year.</p>
<p>Liverpudlian children were invited by LEGO to participate in building challenges during the unveiling of the turbine, encouraging them to use their creativity and imagination to build a renewable energy machine. Kids can also join the <a href="https://www.lego.com/planetcrew/windpower">LEGO Planet Crew</a> to share their views on sustainability and join the mission to protect the planet.</p>
<p>Padda added: “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.”</p>
<p><em>Click <a href="https://www.lego.com/en-gb/aboutus/medialibrarydetails/video">here</a> to see LEGO's time lapse video of the turbine being built. Click <a href="https://www.lego.com/da-dk/aboutus/medialibrarydetails/document">here</…; to see the Responsibility Report. </em></p>
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.