Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has won the 'Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Efficiency' category at the DCS Awards. The award recognises Schneider Electric's leadership within the data centre sustainability field, and its technologies, which help customers meet demands for resilience, efficiency, and sustainable operations.
"With COP26 taking place this week, there has never been a more important time for our industry to commit to Net Zero," said Marc Garner, Vice President, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK&I. "By combining innovative designs with sustainable technologies and integrating with both renewables and the grid, our sector can play a crucial role in the quest to address the climate emergency. We're delighted to receive this award for our contribution to sustainability and efficiency."
Sustainability in the Data Centre Project of the Year
In collaboration with its Elite Partner Advanced Power Technology (APT), Schneider Electric also received a second, special award for 'Sustainability in the Data Centre' Project of the Year'. Together the companies delivered a data centre digital transformation project for Newcastle City Council, which would support its new e-government strategy in delivering services to the 300,000 citizens and businesses within its constituency.
The project included the modernisation of existing data centre capacity, upgrades to its physical infrastructure including new UPS, racks, enclosures and containment, and the deployment of EcoStruxure IT management software to increase visibility into the operating environment. Together the new system improves the council’s ability to ensure service continuity, reduces energy consumption and enables its power and cooling systems to be operated with optimum energy efficiency.
Sustainability and efficiency have long been at the core of Schneider Electric's purpose. The company has a demonstrable track record in helping customers to reduce the environmental impact of their mission-critical infrastructure with sustainable, Green Premium technologies, innovative design and build strategies, and through its energy and sustainability services (ESS) division.
In recent years the company has also devised strategies to help operators think outside of the confines of traditional data centre designs and reduce scope-3 emissions within the supply chain. In 2020 Schneider Electric announced it was accelerating its corporate sustainability commitments, promising to help customers save/ avoid 800M tonnes of carbon emissions by 2025. To-date it has helped them reduce CO2 emissions by 319mn tonnes.