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    25/02/2012

    Sustainable energy management practices can reduce costs, add competitive advantage

    How to justify energy efficiency investments
     
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    Any enterprise business plan which proposes cost reduction strategies should include a discussion on how to reduce energy consumption. It’s not only good for your bottom line, but with declining resources and increasing greenhouse gas emissions, it’s good for the planet too.

    With measurable benefits, you can quickly justify an investment in efficiency projects because you’ll: 

    • Generate substantial savings in operational and maintenance costs by running leaner and greener.
    • Be more resilient to fluctuating energy prices.
    • Reduce financial risks from emissions regulations and cap and trade systems.
    • Lock in a competitive advantage by championing efficient energy practices that strengthen customer loyalty, attract talent, and build goodwill.
    • Improve shareholder value by showing energy and environmental responsibility.
    • Advanced energy intelligence technology can help
     

    Every business can increase productivity while consuming less, achieving energy savings of 10 to 30 per cent. How? By gaining energy insight and control with an enterprise-wide integrated network of advanced software and metering that manages all your energy assets. Rich and dynamic portals, dashboards, and reports can help you make the most of your energy by uncovering opportunities, avoiding risks, tracking progress, and verifying success.

     
    These best practices will help you:
    • Empower all decision-makers with a holistic view of opportunities and risks based on their combined financial, operational and environmental return on investment. Data-rich feedback promotes energy conservation behaviour.
    • Stay on top of critical conditions and respond quickly to potential problems.
    • Analyse energy in financial and environmental terms, helping you define clear metrics and see the immediate and projected impacts of each decision on your costs and carbon footprint.
    • Employ an integrated approach: reduce energy-related emissions, maximize energy efficiency, assure power availability and reliability, and cut energy-related costs.
     
    ‘64% of people are more likely to use a business that claims to have a low carbon footprint’. 

    – GfK NOP and Carbon Trust UK, 2006

     
    To learn more about how to build an energy-efficient future using our comprehensive enterprise energy management solutions, download the Sustainability brochure today! 

    About Schneider Electric
    As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000 plus employees achieved sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy”.
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