A company providing solutions to help enterprises manage their energy consumption has itself significantly reduced its carbon dioxide emissions for its industrial and commercial sites worldwide.
Schneider Electric said that under its Schneider Energy Action programme, it was able to cut its energy consumption for electricity, gas, and oil across its 160 production and logistics sites.
The programme was launched in 2005 and Schneider Electric said it has invested "several million euros" to meet the programme's goal of reducing energy consumption by 10 percent per person and per production site. In some cases, the target was exceeded, the company said.
"We have achieved excellent results with the Schneider Energy Action programme: to date we have reduced our energy consumption by 15 percent, and we are continuing our efforts," said Jean-Yves Blanc, manager, Schneider Energy Action, Schneider Electric.
The investments were used to equip Schneider Electric's production and logistics sites with almost 500 variable speed drives, 1900 meters and hundreds of sensors, controllers and other building management systems. The energy efficiency programme combines hardware and software solutions, expertise and methodology.
Return on investment
Schneider Electric said its investments have paid for itself in less than three years.
"As a whole, Schneider Electric's sites globally consume very little energy in comparison with other industrial activities. However, we want to set an example, applying our own solutions. The Schneider Energy Action program makes use of all our know-how, from global energy expertise to hardware and software solutions," said Jean-Yves Blanc.
Proud of its achievements, the company said its new challenge is to save a further 10 percent by 2014.
To achieve this, the company's programme from 2012 to 2014 includes connecting its larger sites to Struxureware Energy Operation, Schneider Electric's energy monitoring platform; and implementing the Struxureware Resource Advisor, which makes it possible to access energy bills, check their accuracy, optimise supply contracts and save on unregulated markets.
The company said it will also deploy ISO 50001 certification on its 20 sites and implement a global service contract.
"Implementing a programme like this requires a solid project management methodology to coordinate the various actions required. This experience will now enable us to support our customers worldwide in similar energy efficiency processes," said Jean-Yves Blanc.
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