One of the world’s most beloved toymakers, the LEGO Group, announced Wednesday that it had reached its 100% renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule thanks to the completion and operationalization of the 258 megawatt Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm.
The Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm officially opened on Wednesday, the result of several years worth of work between joint venture partners DONG Energy, PKA, and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group. As such, the LEGO Group also announced on Wednesday that it had therefore reached its 100% renewable energy goal, after only four years and DKK 6 billion worth of investment into two offshore wind farms.
All totaled, the LEGO Group has supported the development of more than 160 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. KIRKBI A/S, on behalf of the LEGO Group, now owns 31.5% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany, and 25% of the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm. Further, 20,000 solar panels are set to be installed on the roof of the LEGO factory in Jiaxing, China, and will produce almost 6 gigawatts (GW) of electricity per year.
“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,” said Bali Padda, CEO of the LEGO Group. “This development means we have now reached the 100% 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.”
To celebrate the achievement and in an effort to further raise awareness of the importance of renewable energy, the LEGO Group also built what is the world’s largest LEGO brick wind turbine (below), a Guiness World Records title made up of 146,000 LEGO bricks.
“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,” added Bali Padda.