The LEGO Group extends its partnership with WWF to battle pollution
The LEGO Group is extending its partnership with WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) in order to continue the battle against CO2 emissions in supply chains and manufacturing, and to continue promoting global action on climate change. LEGO has exceeded all of the climate targets it set on joining the WWF’s Climate Savers Programme in 2014, and this success has led to the partnership creating new targets, such as:
- A further 10 percent increase in CO2 efficiency per LEGO brick produced
- Continuing to ensure 100 percent of energy consumption is balanced by production of renewable energy sources
- Further engaging with key suppliers to reduce the CO2 emissions in the full supply chain
“Climate change is a major challenge facing the planet, and the LEGO Group has a responsibility to minimise our impact on the planet – the planet that our children will inherit,” said Marjorie Lao, CFO of the LEGO Group, who is responsible for the LEGO Group’s sustainability strategy.
“We have made solid progress balancing 100% of our energy consumption with renewables, but we know there is more to do to make the production of LEGO bricks more sustainable, especially in reducing CO2 emissions from our factories, and the entire supply chain. WWF is a valuable partner, who challenges us to think differently about how we operate and inspires us to set ambitious climate targets, and to inspire children to take care of the environment.”
Bo Øksnebjerg, CEO of WWF Denmark said: “We urgently need to take action to pursue sustainable development now and in the future – simply because the planet is under huge pressure. Impacts of climate change are already being felt by many communities and ecosystems worldwide, and we need to mitigate those impacts to secure a better living for our children and generations after them,” and continues:
“Our partnership with the LEGO Group is a showcase of how partnerships between businesses and NGO’s can share important goals for protecting nature and our planet. Together we can make the future sustainable.”
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Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.