Zone President UKI, Schneider Electric
Mapping out the way to run a business sustainably that makes good financial sense is top of the agenda for companies keen to make an impact on the climate crisis.
The biggest challenge for larger companies is that they are often decentralised and working from sites across the globe. However, this is by no means something that cannot be overcome – digitisation, software and services enable efficient operations and the technology to do this already exists today. One such company has shown this in an exemplary way, Schneider Electric.
Named as the world’s most sustainable corporation in 2021, Schneider Electric is a global leader manufacturing electrical and digital products and the company also provides a service to clients offering tangible help to set them on their sustainable paths.
Here in the UK, the company is the official energy management supplier for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. It was instrumental in helping the club to both build and run its new stadium in the most sustainable way by using tools that allow for better visibility and control.
Kelly Becker, Zone President for the UK and Ireland, says: “Ultimately, we don’t want to be sat at the top of that sustainability list alone.
“We’ve been doing this for a while and the solutions are here. As a company, we have delivered over 30% energy savings within our global business since our Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program started 10 years ago, and we’re truly committed to playing our part and making an impact.”
We have delivered over 30% energy savings within our global business since our Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program started 10 years ago and we’re truly committed to playing our part and making an impact.
The company began its decarbonisation journey more than 15 years ago when it was decided that taking an active stance on environmental issues was also a good business mandate.
“It starts with using smarter materials within your end products, finding out how you make sure you are sustainably sourcing products and ensuring you have a green supply chain,” she says.
Commitment and measuring sustainability goals are the key to success. Another way the company has kept ahead of the game was by launching its Sustainability Impact Index, and recalibrating goals every five years.
“We are measuring ourselves against our performance. As such, our employees performance and pay is tied to goals based on our business success which of course includes reducing carbon dioxide emissions, as well as environmental, social and governance measures. We’re walking the talk and enabling our customers and partners to do the same by setting out and achieving climate impacting goals and quickly.”