Provide sustainable solutions
2014 : Legrand becomes Europe's No.2 provider
of assisted living solutions
counterfeit wiring devices and circuit breakers have been seized since 2006
of Legrand turnover in 2015 was generated by products covered by PEPs
Legrand solutions provide a response to the major global challenges of today and tomorrow. On the one hand there are environmental challenges related to shortages of materials and the impact of climate change. On the other hand, there are social challenges, e.g. the ageing population and increasing urbanisation (particularly in the new economies). But there are also technological challenges, with the arrival of smart grids and the astronomical growth of internet traffic. The aim is to develop solutions to allow everybody to use electricity sustainably.
Our responsibility is to enhance the living conditions and comfort of users.
Enhancing living conditions and comfort can mean offering affordable products for everyone. So that everybody can have access to them. It also means developing solutions to limit electrical power cuts and optimise energy efficiency So that everybody can have lower electricity bills. Finally, it means designing residential assisted living systems. So that people can have a better life, in their own home, for longer.
PRIORITY FOR 2014-2018
Increase by 50% Group sales of solutions
offering enhanced living conditions and greater comfort.
Percentage of sales generated in the residential building sector with
- affordable ranges of switches, sockets and circuit breakers to suit every budget
- solutions limiting power outages and optimizing energy efficiency
- home systems enabling people to have a better life at home for longer.
Legrand is Europe's second largest provider of assisted living solutions
Legrand supports persons suffering from a loss of independence by providing solutions to enhance the convenience and safety of homes and buildings.These solutions include light paths, security detectors, access control or remote assistance systems, etc., allowing their users to stay in their own home longer.
The Group is the second largest player in this assisted living market, especially following the acquisition of Intervox (France) and Tynetec (UK), and the joint venture agreement with Neat (Spain) in 2014.
Our responsibility is to ensure the safety of users of electrical equipment.
At Legrand, quality is essential. The aim is to guarantee user safety. That is why the Group aims to market quality products that comply with the standards in force. To protect the user, Legrand also takes continual action against counterfeiting, in coordination with the electrical sector.
PRIORITY FOR 2014-2018
Actively extend the deployment of initiative in favour of product quality
and against counterfeiting in the electrical industry.
Number of seized counterfeit products, anti-counterfeiting measures, percentage of Group sales compliant with the product risk management policy.
Copytracer: protecting the user
In the context of its fight against counterfeiting, Legrand has deployed a mechanism called Legrand Copytracer. This is a unique registration number marked on certain Legrand products. This number is used to track the product and assures the user of its quality of manufacture. It is stored in a database and can be looked up via the internet. The user can input his Copytracer number at any time to find out whether or not it matches the product concerned. This means that any counterfeit products can be identified.
Legrand also co-operates actively with Customs, judicial authorities, or governments, according to the country. The Group relies on a network of local informants and the experienced eye of its sales personnel. Since 2006, 3.6 millions counterfeit wiring devices (switches, socket outlets) and circuit breakers, featuring the Legrand, Tenby and BTicino brands, as well as 16 counterfeit production moulds have been seized.
Legrand Korea receives product quality award.
Legrand Korea received an award from the Korea Product Safety Association during Korean Product Safety Day in recognition of:
- its contribution to the technological development of fire prevention solutions
- the development of product testing equipment (including heat resistance tests) and safety test specifications
- its ongoing efforts to promote product safety, especially in case of fire (following misuse of the product).
Our responsibility is to inform our customers about the environmental impact of products.
To reduce the environmental impact of buildings starts with design choices. Informing users about the environmental impact of the products they use is therefore a top priority. Developed in France on Legrand's initiative, the PEP ecopassport is a reference tool to measure the environmental impact of electrical products. It is a recognised and reliable programme with international scope. It is based on the ISO 14025 international standard and a multi-criteria Life Cycle Analysis. It is a real 'plus' that makes users prefer Legrand products.
PRIORITY FOR 2014-2018
Provide product environmental data compliant with ISO 14025
for products accounting for 2/3 of total Group sales
Percentage of Group sales of products with a PEP (Product Environmental Profile), in compliance with ISO 14025.
PEP ecopassports in China
In 2014, Legrand created the first PEP ecopassport profiles for Chinese products. The first products concerned were the Yi Xiang ranges of wiring devices. Their profiles listed eleven indicators to measure the product's impact on air, water, the ground, and natural resources. The impact over the entire life cycle of the product is considered, from design to end of life, and including distribution, installation, and use.
Thanks to these PEPs, the Chinese user of the Yi Xiang range now has access to accurate, reliable, verified environmental indicators as well as a complete set of information concerning its life cycle. And all of this is in a single document. Another benefit to the user: with the PEP ecopassport, products can be qualified to satisfy environmental labels such as the Green Building labels.
Our responsibility is to improve energy efficiency in buildings.
Because buildings account for 20% of CO2 emissions, reducing the energy consumption of buildings is a major factor in action against global warming. The installation of equipment to improve energy efficiency in buildings is therefore a priority for Legrand. The aim is to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions via solutions that enable better energy consumption.
PRIORITY FOR 2014-2018
Avoid the production of 1.5 million tons of CO2 equivalent.
Number of tons of CO2 emissions avoided through the energy efficiency solutions sold each year by the Group.
Smart display, measurement, and metering
Measurement, metering, and display are the first steps towards sustainable savings. Savings of 8 to 12% can be achieved just by monitoring consumption. Legrand's measurement solutions include meters, built-in measurement units, and protection devices that incorporate measurement functions. Legrand has also developed a smart infrastructure which operates via a web server or dedicated software to display the consumption directly to the users and operations managers, on computer screens, smartphones, television sets, and digital tablets equipped with a web browser. These solutions are exclusive to Legrand. The can also be used to track reactive power data, voltage perturbations, and THD. This display gives the user all the information needed to decide on any corrective measures that might need to be implemented.