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Innovate for a circular economy

  • 87 %

    of waste was recovered in 2015

    100 %

    of R&D centers evaluated based on environmental performance measurement criteria

Protecting the environment also involves implementing the principles of the circular economy within the Legrand Group. This approach consists of moving from a linear view of consumption (use of natural resources, manufacture, usage, end of life and waste management) to a circular approach, similar to the natural cycles of ecosystems. The aim is to innovate to build a virtuous ecosystem, based on:

  • better use of natural resources (in relation to the Group's eco-design approach),
  • more complete recovery of waste, both for Legrand's industrial activity and for the electrical sector, most notably by setting up end-of-life processing systems for Legrand products.

Our responsibility is to encourage the adoption of circular economy principles within the Group

Legrand's eco-design approach aims to reduce the environmental impact of its products from design to end of life, through the choice of raw materials or the distribution principle.

The Group also works to improve the processing of waste related to its industrial activities, and tracks the result of its actions by measuring the waste recycling rate.

As early as 2004, the Legrand Group even anticipated the elimination of all the substances listed in the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) European directive (2002/95/CE), including those contained in devices that did not fall within its scope of application. The Group aimed to extend the application of the directive to all products it markets all over the world.

Moreover, those of the Group's subsidiaries concerned by regulations relating to materials originating in conflict zones (so-called "conflict minerals") have set up processes for questioning their suppliers to make sure that no such materials form part of products marketed by these subsidiaries.

Finally, Legrand works towards the recovery and recycling of products. Legrand is a pioneer in this field, since it has been organising the return and recycling of standalone emergency lighting units for the past three decades. The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive (2002/96/CE) has structured and regulated this type of initiative in Europe. Under its impetus, eco-organisations have set up collection systems for end-of-life products. Since 2010, collection channels appropriate for the construction sector have been launched. These include the "WEEE pro" initiative in France, with eco-organisation Recylum. Legrand was one of the founder members of this professional channel, which reprocesses waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Priority for 2014 - 2018

Deploy the principles of a circular economy from the product design phase through to the recovery of products at their end-of-life.


- percentage of waste recovered (target: >80% annually)
- share of Group sales compliant with the RoHS regulation (target: 100% by 2018)
- deployment of eco-design principles to all Group R&D centers (target: 100% by the end of 2018).

Legrand HV/LV transformer

A global eco-design approach

Eco-design reduces the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycle. In particular, it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut the amount of hazardous waste generated, or lower the natural resource depletion indicator.

For example, the new generation of Legrand EDM transformers is an eco-designed range. The reduction of dissipated power in the transformer has led to a nearly 30% reduction in environmental impact compared to the previous generation of products. This new design has also reduced the noise generated by the transformer, producing a reduction in noise pollution.

Legrand Way toward eco-conscious design:
7 criteria to evaluate the environmental performance of R&D centres

Legrand has set up a process for evaluating the practices of its R&D centres in order to supervise their progress in acquiring eco-design skills. Annual evaluation of the following criteria allows to attribute a performance index to each R&D centre

- Risk assessment for presence of hazardous substances
- Use of LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) in the process of concept definition
- Acknowledgement of Group environmental requirements
- Achievement of eco-designed products resulting from the R&D process
- Integration of the upstream supply chain into LCA
- Implementation of an Environmental Management System by the R&D unit (ISO 14062 or equivalent)
- Use of materials taken from the circular economy

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Traceability of substances: protecting health and the environment

Legrand naturally obeys its obligations under the European REACh (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) regulation (1907/2006) and applies every possible measure to comply with them. Legrand is proactive in this dynamic and goes even further, for example by undertaking to rule out the use of substances that are candidates for REACh authorisation in its future developments, whenever a technically and economically viable alternative solution exists.

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Waste: reduce their production and improve the recycling rate

Legrand works to reduce waste in three areas:

  • re-use of scrap in production processes to limit the quantity of waste at source,
  • better sharing of best practices in this field by identifying local improvement actions,
  • better identification of waste to improve sorting, thereby facilitating recycling.
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