Legrand North & Central America
Legrand North & Central America
Legrand is a global manufacturer of digital and electrical infrastructure for buildings that employs 36,700 individuals and distributes its 300,000 products in nearly 180 countries.
Legrand has a longstanding commitment to sustainability that is driven by successive, multi-year Corporate Social Responsibility Roadmaps designed to achieve concrete progress across a range of priorities. These priorities include targets to reduce Legrand’s Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions in alignment with the Science-Based Targets Initiative, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
PORTFOLIO-WIDE LEADERSHIP COMMITMENTS
Minimum 50% GHG reduction in 10 years
13% reduction in Energy Intensity
LEGRAND NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA IS PARTICIPATING IN THE FOLLOWING DOE PROGRAMS:
|Better Climate Challenge||Better Plants Challenge|
As an inaugural partner in the DOE Better Plants Challenge, Legrand has taken a wide range of measures to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency across its operations by leveraging new technologies (e.g. fuel cell), engaging employees (e.g. company-wide “Energy Marathons”) and improving processes (e.g. optimizing production lines.) Since signing on in 2011, Legrand North & Central 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.
To reach its emissions reduction target, Legrand plans to continue applying industry best practices, achieving year over year absolute energy consumption reduction across its industrial sites, and by deploying renewable energy sources by way of production or purchase of green energy. Additionally, the company will complete the transition of its sales fleet to low/no carbon vehicles
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.
Legrand is global manufacturer of digital and electrical infrastructure for buildings. The company employs 36,700 individuals and distributes its 300,000 products in nearly 180 countries.
|GHG Emissions Goals|
|50%Reduction by 2030||Progress|
|13%Reduction in Energy Intensity||Progress|
|Goal Achieved14.1%Cumulative (vs. 2016 Baseline)||Energy Goals|
|20%Reduction in Energy Intensity||Progress|
|Goal Achieved20.3%Cumulative (vs. 2012 Baseline)||Energy Goals|
|25%Reduction in Energy Intensity||Progress|
|Goal Achieved28.2%Cumulative (vs. 2009 Baseline)|