Climate impact toward the SDGs

We advance the following SDGs to tackle climate change, mitigate the impact of rising temperatures, and help create a healthier planet for future generations.

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

We help people in underserved areas gain access to reliable electricity through our Access to Energy program. In India for instance, our partnership with the HCL Foundation has led to the development of the largest network of rural microgrids in Asia Pacific. These microgrids — connected by the EcoStruxure™ for Energy Access platform — deliver electricity to more than 6,000 families as well as businesses, clinics, and schools.

Solutions for clean, reliable, and efficient energy consumption

Our active energy efficiency solutions focus on optimizing the entire energy cycle using products, systems, services, and software: 

  • EcoStruxure allows companies and utilities to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%3.
  • Energy & Sustainability Services (ESS) help the world’s leading companies develop sustainable energy procurement programs — like the Power Purchase Agreement we signed for our facilities in Mexico for 20GWh of renewable electricity. 

By 2020

By 2030

80%
renewable electricity

10%
energy efficiency

(vs. 2017)

x4
turnover

of our Access to Energy Program

25%
increased

turnover for our EcoStruxure Energy & Sustainability Services

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

Double
energy productivity

vs. 2005 (EP100**)

80M
people

will have access to energy through our offers

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation

We use our sites to showcase the optimized efficiency that our offers deliver; of our more than 80 EcoStruxure-enhanced smart factories, four have been designated as “lighthouses of the fourth industrial revolution” by the World Economic Forum. These facilities make extensive use of products and solutions borne from our ecoDesign Way™ — a design process that adheres to circular principles — and other innovations found throughout our Green Premium™ program.

Fostering Innovation At Every Level

We cultivate environments, processes, and partnerships that inform our future success: 

  • The Schneider Electric Exchange, launched in April 2019, is a diverse ecosystem built to foster collaboration and innovation. 
  • Our Innovation at the Edge program facilitates investments, incubations, and partnerships with other companies in AI, IoT, cybersecurity, distributed energy resources, and more. 
  • These ecosystems, processes, and partnerships have led to developments like the world’s first SF6-free switchgear.

By 2020

By 2030

75%
of sales

under the Green Premium™ program

10%
CO₂ efficiency

in transportation

10%
energy efficiency

(vs. 2017)

0.25%
SF6 leaks

in manufacturing process

Eliminate
SF6

in our products

Double
energy productivity

vs. 2005 (EP100**)

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

We make our global commitments local realities: In 2019, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, with more than 50,000 participants, was 100% carbon neutral thanks to the credits generated by projects supported by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. We have also developed the EcoXpert™ Partner program — a global community of Schneider-trained and certified consultant engineers that provide local expertise in building automation, power solutions, and energy efficiency.

Solutions for safe and sustainable cities

We’re building smarter homes with efficient, integrated solutions designed to minimize energy consumption and carbon emissions:

  • Our Wiser system measures, controls, and monitors home energy usage — energy which can power our next-generation home heating solutions and EV recharging infrastructure.
  • Building Management Systems (BMS) control, monitor, and optimize performance for improved comfort, productivity, and savings.
  • In 2018 and 2019, Schneider’s BMS sales enabled customers to save 2.7 million tons of CO2 emissions.
  • These offers, combined with our EcoStruxure solutions and ecoDesign products, deliver best-in-class environmental performance for our own buildings, factories, and distribution centers.

By 2020

By 2030

95%
waste recovery

rate

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

-10%
VOC emissions

intensity

120M
metric tons of CO₂

saved on our customers’ end thanks to our EcoStruxure offers

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

Shift 100%
of our company fleet

to electric cars (EV100***)

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

We embed circular principles into our supply chain to advance our “Tailored, Sustainable, Connected Supply Chain 4.0.” From reusable transport packaging to end-of-lifecycle take-back programs, we take every opportunity to secure our sustainability vision. Six pillars guide our strategy:

  1. Creating CO2 neutrality in the extended supply chain
  2. Ensuring a resource-efficient supply chain
  3. Adopting a “waste as worth” mindset
  4. Delivering environmental performance to customers
  5. Implementing circular business models
  6. Pushing for stronger environmental governance

By 2020

By 2030

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

100%
cardboard and pallets

for transport packing from recycled or certified sources

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT™, recycling, and take-back programs

100%
of applicable sites

certified with ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 45001

Eliminate
SF6 gas

in our products

Double
the quantity

of recycled plastics in our products

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

We’re decarbonizing our operations and reducing our resource consumption by phasing out SF6 in products, working toward 100% renewable electricity, doubling energy productivity, reducing emissions from our freight and logistics activities, and transitioning to an all-electric company vehicle fleet. Additionally, we’re taking concrete action to reduce purchasing-related CO2 emissions, specifically by limiting and substituting materials embedded in products. Together, these strategies have allowed 13 of our sites to achieve carbon neutrality, and we’ve reduced our operational emissions by 37% in just two years. 

Positive CO₂ impact solutions

Schneider Electric works for industries that account for a majority of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and so we recognize our responsibility in crafting a sustainable future for our planet. With EcoStruxure, the IoT-enabled architecture, we not only help companies operate more efficiently while reducing CO2 emissions, but we support millions of people worldwide by improving access to energy. In 2019, we:

  • Saved our customers 89M metric tons of CO2 through EcoStruxure offers
  • Installed more than 1,300 decentralized electrification systems and solar microgrids since 2015
  • Provided energy access solutions to more than 27 million people in the world
  • Trained more than 246,000 underprivileged people and supported more than 800 entrepreneurs

By 2020

By 2030

10%
CO₂ efficiency

in transportation

80%
renewable electricity

120M
metric tons of CO₂

saved on our customers’ end thanks to our EcoStruxure offers

Net-zero
operational emissions

and reduction of scope 3 emissions by 35% (vs. 2017) as part of our 1.5° C SBT

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

Double
energy productivity

vs. 2005 (EP100**)

Shift 100%
of our company fleet

to electric cars (EV100***)

A net-zero
supply chain

by 2050

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Throughout 2019, we helped keep climate action an important topic of discussion whenever industry or policy leaders convened. We’ve proudly affirmed our stance by joining global initiatives focused on climate action, including:

  • We Mean Business (RE100*, EP100**, and EV100***)
  • The U.N. “Business Ambition for 1.5 °C — Our Only Future” Campaign
  • Global Compact’s LEAD “Pathways to Low-carbon and Resilient Development” Action Platform
  • The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
  • The Science Based Targets initiative

Building conscientious communities

We also forged partnerships to address issues related to community development, equity, and education:

  • We’re one of 99 signatories of the 2019 French Business Climate Pledge, a collective commitment to invest at least €73 billion between 2020 to 2023 in sustainable development.
  • We’ll provide 4,650 female entrepreneurs in Mali, Senegal, and Niger with technical training in renewable energy for the EU’s “Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy” project.
  • The Schneider Electric Foundation teamed up with the Solar Impulse Foundation to support 1,000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way.

By 2020

By 2030

10%
CO₂ efficiency

in transportation

80%
renewable electricity

120M
metric tons of CO2

saved on our customers’ end thanks to our EcoStruxure offers

Net-zero
operational emissions

and reduction of scope 3 emissions by 35% (vs. 2017) as part of our 1.5° C SBT

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

Double
energy productivity vs. 2005

(EP100**)

Shift 100%
of our company fleet

to electric cars (EV100***)

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation

References

3 Universal Registration Document, 108, Schneider Electric, 2019.

*RE100 is a corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group and CDP that seeks to establish zero-emissions grids globally. 

**EP100 is a joint effort between The Climate Group and the Alliance to Save Energy that challenges corporations to continuously maximize their energy productivity. 

***EV100 is The Climate Group’s global initiative to make electric vehicles the primary mode of transport worldwide by 2030.