LEGO has signed an agreement to build its latest factory in Vietnam, and it will be carbon neutral. The LEGO factory will achieve carbon neutrality by including rooftop solar panels and nearby supplementary solar panels through VSIP. These two solar installations will provide for all of the factory’s energy needs. The factory will meet LEED Gold standards for energy consumption, water and waste.
The new factory in Binh Duong Province, around 30 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, will accommodate electric vehicles and feature energy-efficient factory production equipment. If that’s not enough, LEGO and VSIP are planning to plant 50,000 trees in Vietnam to compensate for vegetation removed during construction of the factory.
This is LEGO’s sixth factory, the second in Asia. Why build another factory when it displaces local wildlife? LEGO’s strategy is to shorten shipping times by creating a local factory in the Vietnam region, which reduces its overall global carbon footprint. The factory will cost over $1 billion and aims to create 4,000 jobs over the next 15 years after production on the factory line begins in 2024. Construction will start in the latter half of 2022.
LEGO COO Carsten Rasmussen said of the new project, “We are very grateful for the support of the Vietnamese government in helping us achieve our ambition to build our first carbon neutral factory. Their plans to invest in expanding renewable energy production infrastructure and a collaborative approach to working with foreign companies who are seeking to make high quality investments, were among the factors in our decision to build here.”
The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark, in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The LEGO name comes from the two Danish words Leg and Godt, which mean “Play Well.” Play on, LEGO.
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