Corporate Sustainability for People, Profit, Planet

Corporate Sustainability for People, Profit, Planet

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry.

Anna Pavlova, Vice President, Government Relations, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric believes that energy is the base of life. Life is fuller and more sustainable if energy is safer, more reliable, more efficient, and more sustainable. The company is dedicated to inventing technologies that transform the places we live, work and play to make sure “life is on,” as we say at Schneider, for everyone, everywhere, and at every moment.

As a global provider of energy management and automation solutions, Schneider manufactures products in more than 100 countries. In addition to supporting clients in their sustainability journeys, Schneider’s own efficiency and sustainability is a core part of its business strategy. The corporation is driven by a mission to keep global warming below the 2°C limit, while achieving better operational efficiency.

When it comes to internal practices, Schneider’s Planet and Society Barometer measures the company’s performance in three domains—people, profit, and planet—using 16 metrics, including environment, ethics, health, and development.

Highlights of the current three-year program goals, ending in 2017, include the following:

  • 10 percent energy savings
  • 120,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) avoided through maintenance, retrofit, and end-of-life services provided by our field services operation
  • 100 percent of new products designed using our trademarked eco-design criteria
  • 75 percent of product revenue through sale of our eco-label products
  • 100 percent new large customer projects with CO2 impact quantification
  • 120,000 tons of CO2 avoided through maintenance, retrofit, and end-of-life services
  • 30 percent reduction in injuries

The company is also committed to superior energy performance for its industrial facilities. Schneider Electric undergoes third-party certification audits to verify sites meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance standard (ANSI/MSE50021) and ISO50001, its energy management standard, with more than 100 ISO50001-certified sites.

Schneider Electric offers sustainability solutions to customers around the world. The company’s technology delivered the world’s most sustainable building, The Edge in Amsterdam, a net-zero energy commercial building that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to maximize energy and comfort. Solar panels, aquifer thermal energy storage, and rainwater used in restrooms are just a few of the building’s many sustainable and intelligent features. Tenants rely on an app for personal comfort as they move from a board room to an office. The IoT-enabled app also helps make the building smarter by collecting and analyzing data based on users’ habits and behavior.

In a long-lasting partnership with Schneider, Hilton has saved 14.5 percent energy in its hotels since 2009, a significant savings considering that energy is Hilton’s second largest operational cost. Schneider Electric’s energy management application harmonizes energy data from Hilton hotels with a customized dashboard. Automated energy billing solutions reduce late payment penalties and resolve invoice discrepancies.

Other Schneider Electric products deliver three-percent energy savings for Hilton facilities worldwide. From negotiating utility prices for a better balance sheet to timing automated blinds for a sunny wake-up call, Schneider Electric solutions help free up energy savings to be reinvested into Hilton’s most important asset: its guest experience.

Schneider Electric believes that sustainability is an integral part of the well being of our society and delivers on that belief for both its customers and its own facilities.

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