Schneider Electric paves the way to carbon neutrality with 13 “net-zero carbon” buildings
Schneider Electric’s ambition is to drastically cut CO2 emissions from its operations, following a 1.5°C trajectory in line with Science-Based Targets. In just a year, Schneider Electric reduced CO2 emissions by 130,000 tonnes, a 22% decrease (2018 compared to 2017). As of October 2019, thirteen of the Group’s buildings are net zero carbon, thanks to Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure and digital energy management solutions.
Net Zero Carbon: Buildings that are both energy-efficient and powered by renewables
With the signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, the fight against climate change appears as a race to cut global emissions fast enough to limit global temperature rise. The building and construction sector has a leading role to play in this transformation, as it is responsible for around 30% of global energy consumption and GHG emissions. According to the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Advancing Net Zero project, between now and 2050, existing buildings must be renovated at an accelerated rate and to net-zero carbon standards, so that all buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2050.
Schneider Electric has adopted the WorldGBC’s definition of “net-zero carbon buildings”: a net-zero carbon building is a building that is highly energy-efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions annually in operation.
As of October 2019, 13 of Schneider Electric’s buildings are net zero carbon, located in China, Europe and North America (see appendix). These buildings leverage digital energy management with EcoStruxure Power and Building to deliver year-on-year energy savings. Schneider Electric has delivered over 30% energy savings globally over the past 10 years since the start of its Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program. In addition, as of October 2019, 45% of Schneider Electric’s operations are powered with renewable electricity.
“At Schneider Electric, we want to lead and shape the transition towards the future energy landscape. Our sites deliver energy efficiency year on year, a number of them enjoy on-site production of renewable electricity, and in some cases microgrids and energy storage. Net-zero carbon innovation is technologically possible today and makes economical sense. Such sites are real-life showcases of the benefits of digital energy management with our architecture and EcoStruxure platform.” said Xavier Houot, Schneider Electric Senior Vice President Global Safety, Environment, Real Estate.
To deliver this transformation, Schneider Electric leverages the expertise of its Energy Sustainability Services (ESS) consulting teams, as a strategic partner to deliver its renewable and energy efficiency ambitions.