Legrand Joins American Business Act on Climate Pledge

02 Dec, 2015, 13:53 ET from Legrand

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legrand announced it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, along with more than 140 companies from across the American economy, to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.

The American Business Act on Climate Pledge:  
We applaud the growing number of countries that have already set ambitious targets for climate action. In this context, we support the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.

We recognize that delaying action on climate change will be costly in economic and human terms, while accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy will produce multiple benefits with regard to sustainable economic growth, public health, resilience to natural disasters, and the health of the global environment.

We put forth our pledges as follows: 

Legrand, North America, the leading provider of products and systems for electrical installations and information networks wherever people live and work, is committed to integrating sustainability into the way we do business. We are doing this by providing solutions that enable high-performance, sustainable buildings, reducing the environmental impacts of our operations and enhancing employee and community welfare. 

As part of our efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of our operations, we became a Challenge Partner to the DOE Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative in 2011, pledging to reduce our energy intensity across 14 U.S. sites by 25 percent within ten years over a 2009 baseline. We exceeded this goal in 2012, achieving a 28 percent reduction. 

Subsequently, Legrand, North America reset its baseline to 2012 and pledged to achieve an additional 25 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2022.  The cumulative reduction in energy intensity since 2009 now exceeds 38 percent. 

Concurrent to establishing the new energy intensity reduction target, Legrand, North America set a goal to reduce water intensity by 25 percent and to achieve zero-waste to landfill by 2022.

In support of these goals, Legrand, North America joined the EPA SmartWay® program as a means to help reduce the carbon emissions associated with our shipping requirements.  Legrand, North America also became a partner to the DOE Workplace Charging Challenge.

"We're in business to create products that deliver energy savings, which in turn helps to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector. But our commitment to sustainability extends beyond the benefits of our products to that of our entire North American operation and Legrand as a global company," said John Selldorff, president of Legrand, North America. "Reducing energy consumption helps cut our operating costs and carbon emissions. It's a smart business decision we wholeheartedly support and encourage other companies to do the same."

About Legrand
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures.  Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide.  Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including in particular connectable products enhancing value in use. Legrand reported sales of $6.0 billion in 2014.  Legrand has a strong presence in North America, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, Nuvo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Quiktron, Raritan, Vantage, Watt Stopper, and Wiremold.  Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.com.

Media contacts:
Beth Welch, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager, Legrand
Beth.welch@legrand.us
(860) 712-9745

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