Electric Company Decreases Energy Consumption of Own Sites

The Schneider Energy Action program has achieved a 15% decrease in CO2 emissions since 2005 and aims to reduce emissions by more than 10% in 2014 across 160 industrial and commercial sites.

Schneider Electric’s Energy Action is an energy efficiency program that aims to achieve continuous overall reduction of electricity, gas and oil consumption. The program also hopes to implement the company’s own solution across all of its sites, and strives to raise employees’ awareness of the new energy efficiency offers and help them contribute to their development.

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.

To achieve this, Schneider Electric did not hesitate to make major investments. Several million euros were allocated annually to equip these sites with almost 500 variable speed drives, 1900 meters and hundreds of sensors, controllers and other building management systems. Similarly, it 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 (ROI).

"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, Schneider Energy Action Manager, Schneider Electric.

"We have achieved excellent results with the Schneider Energy Action program: to date we have reduced our energy consumption by 15%, and we are continuing our efforts. Implementing a program 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 Blanc.

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