Group, Social responsibility |08.29.2019
Legrand reasserts its climate commitment by signing the new French Business Climate Pledge
Legrand signed the Climate Manifesto on the occasion of the COP 21 in 2015, and the first version of the French Business Climate Pledge in 2017. Benoît Coquart, CEO, signed the French Climate Pledge on August 29th 2019, in the framework of the Rencontre des Entrepreneurs de France (LaREF), strengthening Legrand’s historically strong commitment to limiting the impact of its activities on the environment.
The building and construction sectors represent 36% of global final energy consumption and almost 40% of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions. As a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, Legrand carries the responsibility to be a leading player in the advent of low carbon buildings and to limit the environmental impacts of its activities.
Legrand’s commitment to the 2019-2021 period as part of the CSR roadmap notably includes the following priorities:
- Reducing the Group’s carbon footprint
Legrand’s unwavering commitment is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2030 and by 75% by 2050. This trajectory has been validated by the “Science Based Targets” initiative (SBTi).
In the intermediate time-period, Legrand aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 7% by 2021. This is to be achieved by the systematic integration of energy efficiency solutions into the Group’s premises, the improvement of industrial processes and the use of renewable energy sources.
- Avoiding CO2 emissions for our customers
This is an initiative to promote amongst our customers the use of energy efficient solutions such as lighting or heating management tools, charging points and charging plugs for electric vehicles and measurement, analysis and electrical supervision systems for buildings.
Between 2014 and 2018, the Group avoided the cumulative emission of 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 due to the promotion of such products. We continue to push these offers with the aim of avoiding over 7 million tonnes of emissions during the roadmap.
- Providing customers with Product Environmental Profiles (PEP)
These data sheets enable our customers to analyze the life cycle of products and to reduce their energy impact.
This information is available for two thirds of the Group’s turnover (out of a product portfolio of more than 300 000 items).
- Innovating for a circular economy
The Group has set ambitious standards in eco-design. By 2021, these standards will be deployed in all its R & D centers around the world.