Schneider Electric: Digitization as the Key to the Energy Transition

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The Schneider Electric Innovation Summit was once again a meeting place for the latest automation, electrification, and digitalization solutions. Representatives of numerous companies met in Paris, where Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, presented new solutions designed to help them devise strategies, digitize and decarbonize their operations and expedite the accomplishment of sustainability goals.

This event was an opportunity to talk with Hélène Macela-Gouin, Vice-President of Schneider Electric in France, who informed the summit participants about the importance of digitization and automation in the energy transition process and introduced us to the latest goals of the Schneider Electric Company.

According to her, digitization is the best way to achieve energy efficiency. Many believe that reducing electricity consumption is enough to mitigate the effects of climate change, but Gouin notes that, in addition to reduced consumption, how we use electricity is also very important. The answer, she says, lies in the automation and digitization of consumption.

“We must create a future that suits everyone. We can have lower and better consumption, and we at Schneider Electric are focused on both. Innovations allow us to reduce consumption in buildings through automation, passive infrastructure, installing renewable energy sources on roofs, and digitizing electricity consumption,” said Hélène Macela-Gouin.


Circular economy in Schneider Electric’s focus

Gouin also spoke about data centers whose sustainability is the company’s focus. Data centers are constantly expanding to meet the needs of digital lifestyles and more intelligent buildings and industries. Schneider Electric’s goal is to merge data centers with the circular economy.

“In terms of circularity, Schneider Electric achieves the same quality and resilience of our products with a reduced environmental impact and lower carbon dioxide emissions. We can be very efficient operationally, but the issue of building data centers must also meet sustainability criteria. This is a more complex problem, and that’s why we looked for a solution in the circular economy. UPS devices manufactured in this way have the same quality, durability, and warranty as all our roducts, with a smaller carbon footprint”, Gouin said.

This way, the company reduces its electronic waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Schneider Electric’s ambition is to create a road map that will enable the broader application of the circular economy in all locations in Europe.

Launched in 2016, the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit showcases the company’s latest innovations, solutions, and partnerships that will drive the future of automation, electrification, and digitization.

Bojan Stević