Legrand, North and Central America has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Better Buildings, Better Plans (BBBP) Challenge for achieving a 20.3 percent reduction in energy intensity, four years ahead of the initial 2022 target year.
The recognition marks the second time Legrand has committed to and met its energy goal ahead of schedule, demonstrating that continual energy efficiency improvement is possible even after significant energy intensity reductions have already been made. Legrand was one of eight companies to achieve its target goal this year, and one of only two to do so twice/ahead of schedule (confirm with DOE – we are distinct in one or both of those aspects.)
The energy intensity reduction occurred across 20 U.S. facilities, including 12 manufacturing and distribution sites and 8 office buildings. In addition to installing submeters at 8 sites, to earn these results, Legrand has undertaken a variety of other energy saving projects ranging from lighting retrofits, machinery upgrades, process improvements and behavioral changes. Over the past five years, Legrand has achieved an energy performance improvement of 10% or more at 90 percent of its facilities, and an improvement of 15% or more at 80 percent of its facilities.
“Our success in exceeding our energy performance goal speaks to a deepening culture of conservation at Legrand. This is exemplified by the commitment and enthusiasm of our employees to participate in programs and a variety of special initiatives to lessen our organization’s energy footprint,” stated John Selldorff, President and CEO, Legrand, North and Central America. “We hope that our achievements serve as a model for other large organizations with multiple sites who are seeking to improve their own energy efficiency.”
The Better Buildings Better Plants Challenge has grown to encompass more than 900 organizations, which represents 30 of the country’s Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 percent of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 percent of total commercial building space, as well as 28 states and close to 100 cities and countries across the nation.