Schneider Electric partners with Albea to reduce energy costs

The latest phase in the three-year partnership includes strategic procurement to optimise utility contracts and rates to manage the risks and price volatility associated with energy sourcing.

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Albéa previously managed energy reduction and sustainability efforts locally across its 38-site, 15-country industrial footprint.
Albéa previously managed energy reduction and sustainability efforts locally across its 38-site, 15-country industrial footprint.

Schneider Electric announced it is working with Albéa on an integrated energy and carbon management program that will help the beauty and personal care packaging company improve energy efficiency across its global facilities 15% by 2020 and improve sustainability reporting.

The latest phase in the three-year partnership includes strategic procurement to optimise utility contracts and rates to manage the risks and price volatility associated with energy sourcing. This builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts to uncover opportunities and implement measures to help Albéa meet its 15% reduction goal.

Schneider Electric has also worked with Albéa to improve CDP reporting — the manufacturer has raised its rating from C to B — and evaluate science-based targets for additional, more rigorous climate action.

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Gilles Swyngedauw, director for Corporate Social Responsibility at Albéa, said: “Our clients are asking for more carbon management transparency from their suppliers, including detailed strategies to reduce consumption and emissions. We needed an advisor to help meet those demands, as well as our own sustainability targets. Schneider Electric has provided the guidance and technologies that will allow us to address these dual goals and showcase our industry leadership.”

Albéa previously managed energy reduction and sustainability efforts locally across its 38-site, 15-country industrial footprint. The absence of a cohesive strategy, and a common approach to sharing data and best practices lacked efficiency, and created gaps in reporting and analysis. To overcome this challenge, Albéa adopted Schneider Electric’s cloud-based EcoStruxure Resource Advisor to visualise, measure and manage initiatives across its entire portfolio. This allows the company to standardize conservation efforts across sites and measure progress through one single interface.

With the addition of a company-wide energy procurement program, Albéa has adopted an integrated, data-oriented approach to managing the strategies, data and resources needed to reduce consumption and maximize savings, a practice known as Active Energy Management.
The need for coordination across energy efficiency, supply and sustainability departments has never been greater. A recent study found that most organizations are not taking the necessary steps to integrate and advance their energy and sustainability programs. Many are focused on conventional approaches to energy management and climate action, and few have coordinated efforts between procurement, operations and sustainability departments.

Steve Wilhite, senior vice president of Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric, said: “Organisations are starting to integrate how they buy and use energy with sustainability initiatives to see additional benefits such as increased efficiency, financial savings and more sustainable operations. When these efforts converge into a single global program, companies can uncover new opportunities and drive even greater savings. We are proud to partner with Albéa on its Active Energy Management journey.”

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