Biodiversity: evaluating Legrand's footprint
Legrand does not directly exploit soils nor biodiversity as part of its activities. The Group's manufacturing sites are, for the most part, located in business parks or industrial estates that are subject to specific regulations. Furthermore, the Group considers that the attention paid to reducing water consumption, particularly in areas with water restrictions, contributes to limiting human pressure on ecosystems. Lastly, the manufacturing nature of the Group's activities can enable sites to be configured over several floors, limiting the footprint of these sites.
On the other hand, Legrand takes the concept of grey biodiversity into account. Similar to grey energy, grey biodiversity is the cumulative impact on the ecosystems and biodiversity for the entire life cycle of a material or product (equipment, energy): the extraction, raw materials, manufacturing, transport, commissioning, use and end of life. Each of these steps generates impacts that are more or less significant on the living (destruction of species or habitats, consumption or natural resources, different types of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.).
Evaluating grey biodiversity may make use of PEPs (Product Environmental Profiles) the various indicators of which (intermediate indicators), such as air toxicity, water toxicity or eutrophication, enable us to estimate the potential damage to the diversity of ecosystems (damage indicators). The Group thus has a relatively broad base for an indirect evaluation of its biodiversity footprint.