Awareness of environmental and resource risks is growing. Over the last ten years, six or seven of the top-10 global risks identified each year by the World Economic Forum’s “Global Risks Report” have consistently dealt with resource or environmental threats. Step by step, we increasingly see this global understanding of risks translating into concrete business decisions. A poll of Schneider Electric’s customers in Europe revealed that 82% of them consider resource scarcity and sustainability as key elements in their decision-making processes.
by Denise Lana Molina, Director Global Sustainability Communications at Schneider Electric
In 2018, the World Health Organization noted that specific populations are more vulnerable to climate change. People living on small islands, flat coastal regions, megacities, and mountainous or polar regions are especially at risk. As are children, particularly in underdeveloped countries, as are elderly people and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Maya Sushkin, a 6th-grade student from Worcester, Massachusetts was recently selected as the grand prize winner at the Region II Central Massachusetts Science and Engineering fair (Worcester Regional Science & Engineering fair). She competed with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from the Massachusetts public and private schools systems. She is the daughter of Yin-Ying Lu, a SCADA lead engineer at Schneider Electric Foxboro, MA.
Earth Overshoot Day: It’s the day of the year when we’ve used more natural resources than our planet can renew in 365 days. This year in the United States, Earth Overshoot Day falls on March 15th , — the earliest it has ever been . Despite the progress made in recent years, it has been steadily moving up since 80’s.
What does it take to turn an entire office building carbon neutral?
We spoke with Damien Dhellemmes, Singapore Country President of Schneider Electric on how they transformed a 25-year old industrial building into their state-of-the-art headquarters, monitored by 3,000 networked smart sensors and housing more than 1,400 employees in comfort while reducing carbon emissions by 1,650 tonnes per annum.
“You can be more efficient while making your environment more comfortable and safer.” - Damien Dhellemmes, Singapore Country President of Schneider Electric
Market evolution is driving change in how companies strategically manage their energy. This changing landscape opens opportunities for businesses to modify their energy consumption mix, with potential cost savings as a result. Increases in data-driven technology also help companies better understand their real-time, interval energy consumption and demand, which can provide the visibility required to curtail usage when prices spike or better negotiate contracts according to individual site consumption and demand patterns.