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Legrand Recommits to Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge

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 North American operations by 2022 from 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 U.S.-based operations.

In addition to being one of two manufacturers participating in BBBP to meet their initial 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.

In joining the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in 2011, Legrand 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 four years. The company has also fulfilled its pledge to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent in 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.”

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.

Legrand’s accomplishments and new goals were announced during the 2014 Better Buildings Summit, at which the Department of Energy recognized significant BBBP Challenge achievements and introduced new participants.

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

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