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Schneider Electric commits to 100% renewable electricity

ELECTRICITY generated by fossil fuels is quickly losing its role in powering the world. Solar, wind, wave power sources are rapidly being developed and deployed because of stricter application of environmental policies and the increasing cost of traditional fuels. 

It is thus timely that Schneider Electric is committing to use 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Being the global specialist in energy management and automation through digital transformation, developing connected technologies and solutions, the company can manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Before it does that it must first ensure the optimization of its current energy system first. The company strongly believes it cannot go renewable and become carbon neutral by 2030 without first maximizing current power sources. 

In order to deliver on its this sustained energy efficiency efforts, Schneider Electric will leverage its own technical solutions such as EcoStruxure Power and EcoStruxure Grid. Using these solutions, the Group has been able to reduce its energy consumption by 10 percent every 3 years for the past 10 years. More specifically, it has drastically reduced consumption at “The Hive,” its headquarters in France, The Hive between 2008 and 2017.

The power tech company strives to answer the world’s new energy challenge by boosting energy efficiency everywhere: in homes, buildings and cities, industry, the grid, and throughout remote community. In a world more decarbonized, more digitized, more decentralized, energy use needs to be more productive. 

 “We are in a new world of energy that is becoming more electric, more decarbonized, more decentralized, and more digital. Our mission at Schneider Electric is to supply the technologies that permit, drive and catalyze the transition to a new world of energy,” Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at Schneider Electric said.

To achieve their lofty target, the company joined two global, collaborative initiatives, led by The Climate Group and bringing together influential businesses committed to accelerating climate action.

The initiatives are; RE100 aimed at using 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 with an intermediary objective of 80 percent by 2020 and EP100 which aims to double energy productivity by 2030, against a 2005 baseline, setting an ambitious target to doubling the economic output from every unit of energy consumed.

“The commitments we have made today in joining RE100 and EP100 to source 100% renewable electricity and reflect on the doubling of our energy productivity are a demonstration of how consumers and business can be empowered to ensure the affordability, resilience, sustainability, and security of the energy that they consume,” Lagarrigue said.

These commitments will cover more than 1,000 electricity consuming sites around the globe, including 200 factories. Schneider Electric will leverage a broad range of renewable energy sources, including but not limited to solar, wind, geothermal and biomass.

Currently on-site projects at Schneider Electric facilities around the world already have with renewable energy initiatives. These include a solar rooftop at its sites in Vadodara (India), Bangpoo (Thailand), or geothermal energy and a solar rooftop at its flagship office in France.

It will also install on-site renewable energy projects to help achieve its 2030 target. 

Another strategy is offsite long-term procurement through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). A PPA is a long-term (12-20 year) contract between a renewable energy developer and a dedicated, creditworthy buyer. PPAs enable developers to secure financing for new wind, solar or other renewable electricity projects and allow buyers to enjoy predictable pricing from clean energy sources.

 “Already a leader in the energy space, joining RE100 and EP100 represents a smart business decision for Schneider Electric. These commitments will help the company to deliver on its wider climate ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030,” Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer at The Climate Group commented.

At COP21 in Paris in 2015, the company announced 10 Commitments for Sustainability. The commitments were aligned with the Planet & Society Barometer, Schneider Electric’s sustainability scorecard to measure its ambitious commitment to sustainable development on a quarterly basis and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These commitments support the company’s objectives to make its plants and sites carbon neutral by 2030, in a coherent industry ecosystem encompassing both suppliers and clients.

“Doubling energy productivity will help it to use energy as economically as possible while making the transition to renewables, which are themselves cost-competitive in many markets. I welcome the powerful signal Schneider Electric is sending to peers, investors and governments, to accelerate the transition to a zero-emissions economy,” Clarkson concluded. (RGBT)
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