Having signed the Climate Manifesto on the occasion of the COP 21 in 2015, Gilles Schnepp, Legrand Chairman and CEO, signed the French Business Climate Pledge on December 11, 2017, strengthening Legrand’s historically strong commitment to limiting the impact of its activities on the environment.
With buildings accounting for 40% of overall energy consumption and 20% of CO2 emissions, Legrand is keenly aware that cutting the energy consumption of buildings is a crucial aspect of the fight against climate change. This is why Legrand has made various commitments in its 2014-2018 CSR(1) roadmap, such as:
- Avoiding the emission of CO2 equivalent via the use, by our customers, of Legrand energy efficiency solutions, especially lighting, heating and equipment management solutions, electric vehicle charging stations and outlets, and systems designed to enable electrical measurement, analysis and supervision in buildings. Between 2014 and 2016, Legrand has thus enabled the cumulative avoidance of 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent being emitted.
- Achieving a 10% reduction in the energy intensity of the Group’s activities. At the end of 2016, this energy intensity had been reduced by 15% compared to 2013.
- Continuing to provide environmental information to the players in our distribution channel so as to facilitate building life cycle analysis and reduce their energy impact. At the end of 2016, comprehensive environmental information about the entire product lifecycle was publicly available for products generating 60% of total sales.
In addition to its CSR roadmap, Legrand sees the reduction of its environmental footprint in a long-term perspective which has led it gradually since early 2016 to acknowledge the carbon price in its operational decision-making, especially as regards capital expenditure. Legrand has also set itself targets for reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 as part of the Science Based Target(2) initiative.
(1) CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility
(2) The Science Based Target initiative is supported by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), WWF, the Global Compact and the World Resource Institute (WRI).