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Legrand recommits to Better Buildings, Better Plants challenge with new aggressive energy intensity reduction goals


 

LEGRAND RECOMMITS TO BETTER BUILDINGS, BETTER PLANTS CHALLENGE WITH NEW AGGRESSIVE ENERGY INTENSITY REDUCTION GOALS

DOE Recognizes Legrand As Energy Efficiency Leader at Annual Energy Department Summit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (May 9, 2014) – Building upon its success as a partner in the Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge (BBBP), Legrand, North America, a leader in power, light and data solutions, has announced aggressive new energy intensity reduction goals. The company has targeted another 25% energy intensity reduction across its North American operations by 2022 from its 2012 baseline levels. As part of its continuing commitment to the Energy Department's BBBP Challenge, Legrand has committed that 20% of this intensity reduction will be achieved at its U.S.-based operations.

Legrand’s new goals were announced this week during the 2014 Better Buildings Summit, an Energy Department sponsored event at which BBBP partners and stakeholders exchange best practices, highlight demonstrated market solutions, and discuss future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes, buildings and industrial facilities. Legrand is one of only two companies to be recognized at the summit for fully achieving its initial BBBP commitments.

In addition to being among the first manufacturers to meet their DOE challenge goals, Legrand has also publicly announced two additional goals to improve the company's operational sustainability: a 25% reduction in its water intensity, and a 40% reduction in landfill waste by 2022, both over the baseline year of 2012. These additional goals are to be achieved in tandem with the targeted energy intensity reductions.

As one of the largest manufacturers of electrical and data networking products for residential, commercial and industrial buildings in North America, Legrand was one of a select number of industrial companies to join the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in 2011. At that time, the company committed to a 25% energy intensity reduction within 10 years, but quickly exceeded that goal by achieving, a 32% reduction across 14 U.S. sites in just four years. The company has also fulfilled its pledge to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent in just two years at its dedicated showcase site — the company's 100-year-old, 175,000-square-foot facility and headquarters in West Hartford, Connecticut.

“In 2011, Legrand embarked on a voluntary partnership with the Energy Department, to reduce our energy intensity and we are thrilled with the progress we have made to date,” said Legrand, North America President and CEO John Selldorff. “We learned a lot, accomplished more than we would have expected, and are certainly gratified with the bottom line results and the positive environmental impact. But, we’re not satisfied and have therefore committed to further improvements.”

At the Summit, Energy Department representatives commended all Better Buildings, Better Plants partners for a steadfast commitment to reducing energy consumption.

“By committing to cut energy use, Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners are demonstrating how businesses and manufacturers are reducing our nation’s energy bill, creating American jobs, and protecting the environment,” said Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. “With commitments representing more than 600 plants and facilities, these partners are leading the way to a cleaner energy economy.”

Susan Rochford, Vice President Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy for Legrand, along with Selldorff, credit the company’s high level of success to a strategic three-pronged approach that focuses on a key combination of people, processes and technology.

“Participating in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge has been an illuminating experience for Legrand, and we’re proud of the progress made thus far,” Rochford said. “The success we’ve enjoyed in improving our energy efficiency has motivated us to share our approach with our business partners. We do this by freely sharing the tools and resources we have employed at our company with other interested organizations. We have also been actively encouraging our own suppliers to follow in our footsteps. We are pleased to be working with DOE in their efforts to launch a BBBP Supplier Pilot Program, and are proud that a number of our own suppliers are stepping forward to join DOE’s new initiative.”

The Better Buildings Challenge is a national leadership initiative launched by President Obama in 2011 with the goal of making American commercial and industrial buildings 20% or more energy efficient by 2020. The Better Buildings Challenge supports President Obama’s broader goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public sector partners across the country to save energy through commitments and investments.

At the National Summit, the Energy Department announced that in 2013, Better Buildings Challenge partners successfully reduced the energy use of their buildings and industrial facilities by more than 2.5%. These energy savings are the equivalent of about $100 million a year. Since 2011, partners have committed more than three billion square feet and 600 manufacturing plants and facilities to energy efficiency upgrades, and have shared energy performance results for more than 9,000 facilities. Of these facilities, more than 2,100 have been improved by 20% or more and more than 4,500 by at least 10% since their baseline year. Through participation, Partners have saved 36 trillion Btus and $300 million since the Better Buildings Challenge began.

For a detailed progress report on the Better Buildings Challenge and to find more about the Challenge participants and their energy efficiency projects, visit: http://www4.eere.energy.gov/challenge/.

To learn more about Legrand’s BBBP Showcase Challenge and Implementation Model, visit: http://www4.eere.energy.gov/challenge/partners/better-buildings-better-plants/legrand

To learn more about Sustainability initiatives at Legrand, North America, visit: http://www.legrand.us/aboutus/sustainability.aspx.

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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 and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $6 billion in 2013. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper, Wiremold, and the recently acquired C2G and Quiktron product lines. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

About the Better Buildings Challenge
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 and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $6 billion in 2013. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper, Wiremold, and the recently acquired C2G and Quiktron product lines. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us/aboutus/sustainability