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Limiting the environmental footprint of the Group's activities

Systematize the ISO 14001 certification of industrial sites

The prevention of environmental risks and the continuous improvement of performance on its sites are priorities for the Legrand Group. The environmental management system for the industrial and logistics sites, which is regularly assessed, implements the appropriate action plans. This process is often marked by ISO 14001 certification of the site. At the end of 2012, over 87% of sites which have been in the Group for over 5 years are certified.
The Group's environmental approach also involves initiatives to:

  • Reduce energy consumption, especially by installing green building solutions developed by Legrand

  • Reduce and recover waste by developing sorting and reducing the volume of production waste at source
  • Manage water consumption, particularly for sites located in hydric stress areas
  • Control atmospheric discharges and effluents generated by industrial processes.

Legrand Climact: to reduce CO2 emissions

Legrand promotes the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions via its internal "Legrand Climact" project, launched in 2007, which covers three main areas: energy management at industrial sites, eco-design of products, and optimisation of the Group's logistics.

The Legrand Climact initiative has enabled significant reductions to be achieved year on year. In 2011, as part of its new Sustainable Development roadmap, Legrand produced a calculation formula for its carbon footprint, in accordance with the internationally recognised approach of the GHG protocol.

The results achieved bear out the relevance of the identified areas of action. Details of the carbon footprint are released in the Group's registration document, and reassessed annually.

Carbon Footprint 1,856 million tons Les acteurs du Comité de pilotage

Breakdown of Group carbon emissions in 2012

Carbon footprint methodology - GHG protocol:

CO2 emissions related to the Group's energy consumption

  • Scope 1: emissions linked to the consumption of energy forms other than electricity, for  heating purposes and production processes
  • Scope 2: emissions linked to electricity consumption at all facilities

Indirect CO2 emissions caused by the Group's activity

  • Scope 3 covers a wide variety of contributing areas among which mainly raw materials and logistics.
Communique challenge 2°C


Each year, Legrand calculates its complete carbon footprint according to the GHG (Green House Gases) Protocol, publishing the detailed results in response to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) survey. Another key aspect of the company's overall approach to climate change involves providing solutions for enhanced energy quality and reduced energy consumption in buildings.