Schneider Electric cuts energy consumption of its own sites

Global energy management company, Schneider Electric, announced it has published details of the energy consumption of 160 production and logistics sites every year since 2005, in the context of the Schneider Energy Action program, with the aim of achieving significant reductions in its energy consumption.  From the program launch, the objective of reducing energy consumption by 10% per person and per production site was met globally, and in some cases exceeded, according to the company.

Schneider Energy Action is an energy efficiency program which combines hardware and software solutions, expertise, and methodology. Its main objectives are to:

  • Achieve continuous overall reduction of electricity, gas and oil consumption
  • Implement the company’s own solutions across all of its sites
  • Raise employees’ awareness of the new energy efficiency offers and help them understand how they can contribute to their development

To achieve this, Schneider made major investments up to the end of 2011, including several million euros allocated annually to equip sites with almost 500 variable speed drives, 1900 meters and hundreds of sensors, controllers and other building management systems. Similarly, its has also been decided to replace existing lighting with low consumption systems and to install more efficient heat engines, an investment that paid for itself in less than three years.

Across 160 industrial and commercial sites, the company has achieved significant reduction  in CO2 emissions and 15% consumption reduction since 2005 with a new objective to reduce by more than 10% by 2014.

-Bill O’Leary

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