LEGO will support a carbon-neutral Vietnamese factory with 50,000 trees

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A plan to plant 50,000 trees near the new LEGO factory site in Vietnam has been confirmed as part of the LEGO Group’s sustainability ambitions.

At the end of 2021, the LEGO Group revealed that its first carbon-neutral factory would arrive in Vietnam in 2024. An update for this billion-dollar project confirmed that construction begins in November 2022, but this will unfortunately require the withdrawal of about 25,000 trees.

However, The LEGO Group has announced plans to plant 50,000 trees in their place in the area surrounding the factory as part of the company’s ongoing sustainability efforts.

“We are delighted to have now started the planting of 50,000 trees, as this is the first of many activities in our journey towards sustainable development in Vietnam,” said Preben Elnef, Vice President and Program Manager. of the LEGO Group in Vietnam. “One of the main reasons for locating our new factory in Vietnam was the Vietnamese government’s strong support for our environmental sustainability program, and we look forward to their continued support during the construction phase.”

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15,000 trees have been planted so far and the LEGO Group will plant another 35,000 in 2023 and 2024 near where the factory will open.

More details about the factory have also been confirmed with an investment in a solar farm to power the operation of the factory, which is also part of the LEGO Group’s plans.

“As we progress as planned in establishing our new factory in Vietnam, it is essential for us to deliver on our ambition to operate the factory with minimal impact on the environment. We will achieve this by investing in a solar farm to provide power for plant operations and we are exploring many other initiatives that will make our new site a global beacon for sustainable operations.

Another initiative to support the area was also announced, with the LEGO Group partnering with a local school to offer students a Build the Change workshop. Currently, the new plant is slated to open in 2024 as the first carbon-neutral plant, but another will arrive in Virginia in 2025.

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