Climate action,
no excuses

The climate crisis requires an all-hands approach to mitigate the effects of a warming world. By decarbonizing our operations and supply chain — as well as creating resource-sensitive products and services — we continue our steady climate-positive progress.

Capitalism is meant to increase capital, but what is done today is exactly the opposite. We should therefore stop destroying natural and human capital as our planet is the asset upon which our prosperity is built.

Dr. Bertrand Piccard,

Founder and Chairman,

Solar Impulse Foundation

In a speech to assembled heads of state in September 2019, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres spoke to the gravity of our reality: “The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win. The climate crisis is caused by us and the solutions must come from us. We have the tools: technology is on our side.1” 

In December 2015, during COP21 (also known as the Paris Agreement) Schneider Electric made a firm resolution to help address the climate crisis. Ever since, our commitments have kept pace with science-based targets designed to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. In the cascading urgency of climate change, we believe there are reasons to be hopeful and reasons to work harder — and there are no reasons not to act.

Clear vision for a clean future

At the Climate Week conference in New York in September 2019, we reiterated our commitments to accelerate our sustainability efforts while ensuring no one is left behind. We pledge to:

  • Become carbon neutral in our operations by offsetting remaining emissions no later than 2025
  • Reach the COP21 goal of carbon neutrality in our expanded ecosystem by 2025 — 5 years early — by delivering more CO2 savings to customers than our carbon footprint
  • Achieve net-zero operational emissions and reduce scope 3 emissions by 35% by 2030 (vs. 2017) as part of our validated 1.5 °C Science Based Targets
  • Engage with suppliers toward a net-zero supply chain by 2050

Of course, the fight against climate change will not be effective without considering the needs of the 2.3 billion people with poor or no access to energy. Our actions are part of the Schneider Electric inclusive business growth strategy:

  • Provide 80 million people access to electricity by 2030
  • Provide 1 million underprivileged people with skills and jobs training in energy by 2025, through the Access to Energy Training & Entrepreneurship program

References

1Remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit,” United Nations, 2019.