Legrand is a global specialist in electrical, digital building, and data center infrastructures used to transform spaces where people live, work and gather.

The company designs and manufacture products that deliver power, light, and data solutions to millions of residential and commercial customers around the world. 

Legrand reported sales of more than €6.1 billion (US $7.3 billion) in 2020. The company employs 39,000 individuals and distributes its 300,000 products in nearly 180 countries. The United States has been Legrand’s number one market since 2015.

Since signing on to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in 2011, Legrand North America has reduced its energy intensity through a combination of technology, process, and behavioral changes – including small steps, such as installing occupancy sensors and replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED lights and larger projects. In doing so, the company has avoided nearly $20 million in energy expenses.

Key Initiatives to Optimize Energy Use

The North American headquarters, located in West Hartford, CT, served as Legrand’s Better Plants Challenge showcase site from 2011-2013. It has since become LEED Certified, and since 2016, has operated using advanced solid oxide fuel cell technology.

The company’s Concord, NC, facility recently installed an adiabatic water cooling tower to replace electric water chillers for key manufacturing processes. By right-sizing the cooling system, the company is expected to save more than $110,000 in annual electricity costs. 

Finally, the company conducts periodic Energy Marathons to reduce energy usage and increase efficiency. For 26.2 days, employees across all sites are challenged to find new and creative solutions to save energy. Legrand held Energy Marathons in 2014, 2016, and 2019. With the success of these events, Legrand has been able to save more than 1.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy totaling $126,000 in costs. But the even bigger payoff is in employee engagement and the ability to attract top young talent by demonstrating that Legrand is committed to sustainability efforts.

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Challenge Commitment
Energy Goals
25%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Goal Achieved32%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
Energy Goals
13%Reduction in Energy Intensity
8.3%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)