We all know LEGO, of course, the famous little plastic bricks and strips, widgets and whatnot that allow a child – or adult! – to construct all kinds of real-world engineering objects from them. As for me, I still remember building towers, cranes (that always collapsed, to my diabolic delight) and bridges (same disasters). Yes, I was a delightful and resourceful little monster.
After this frightful insight in my early youth I am sure it’s good to hear that the LEGO Group of companies has reached (no less than three full years ahead of schedule) her goals of 100% energy independence – that is, they now run their entire operation on 100% renewables. This is thanks to the operational availability of a 258 megawatt Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm.
The farm is the result of several years worth of work between joint venture partners DONG Energy, PKA, and KIRKBI A/S, the latter the parent company of the LEGO Group. All this after four years and 6 billion Danish Krone 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. They are also planning for the installation of a staggering 20,000 solar panels on the roof of the LEGO factory in Jiaxing, China. This will produce a gargantuan 6 gigawatts (GW) of electricity per year.
It’s nice to know that, in order to celebrate this achievement, the LEGO Group also built what is the world’s largest LEGO brick wind turbine, a Guiness World Records title made up of 146,000 LEGO bricks.