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Moving forward with its commitment to build a net-zero carbon world, Schneider Electric has announced its membership with The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative to launch a Green Fleet policy that aims to replace 100% of its car fleet with electric vehicles by 2030. The announcement coincides with the launch of the 2020 Progress and Insights Annual Report which is released today, which shows demand for electric vehicles is on the up and that organizations are progressing fast towards their goals where models are available.

According to IPCC’s special report, global CO2 emissions need to be cut by 45% by 2030 to limit climate change to 1.5°C globally. Electric mobility is key to achieving this future, coupled with decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization of energy.  However, the adoption of electric mobility is slower than needed.

With this commitment, Schneider Electric wishes to demonstrate that a rapid shift is achievable while securing driver comfort and costs. By 2030, Schneider Electric will convert 14,000 company cars in over 50 countries to EV. Schneider Electric will also install EV charging infrastructure in its major offices and factories by 2030, with flagship sites showcasing innovative EcoStruxure e-mobility architecture with microgrid technologies, asset management, and new energy management systems.

In 2019, Schneider Electric accelerated its climate strategy, with notably the objective to achieve carbon neutrality in its own ecosystem by 2025 and net-zero emissions by 2030 as part of its validated 1.5°C SBT (science-based climate target). By Joining the EV100 initiative, led by The Climate Group and bringing together influential businesses, Schneider Electric has committed to accelerating climate action. Transitioning to an electric fleet will enable the Group to bring down direct CO2 emissions from company cars to zero by 2030.

“At Schneider Electric, we committed to net-zero operational carbon emissions by 2030, in line with a 1.5°C science-based climate trajectory. Joining the EV100 initiative is a key step to deliver this ambition. Such a transformation allows us to embark thousands of our employees, customers, start-ups, together into a variety of innovations. We believe electricity is the future of mobility and we want to demonstrate that a rapid scale-up of EVs can be reached in 10 years. Schneider EcoStruxure’s unique end-to-end approach to eMobility infrastructure delivers comprehensive, seamless, scalable and cybersecure EV charging marketplace solutions for fleets and public places,” says Leonid Mukhamedov, Executive Vice-President, Global Strategy at Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric is a triple joiner of the Climate Group’s EP100, RE100, and EV100 initiatives, which are complementary transformations to cut emissions from operations to zero by 2030, in line with a 1.5°C climate trajectory. In 2017 Schneider Electric partnered with:

  • EP100 initiative: to double energy productivity by 2030, against a 2005 baseline, setting an ambitious target to double the economic output from every unit of energy consumed;
  • RE100 initiative: to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030 with an intermediary objective of 80% by 2020. Progress is reported in the Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI).

“Global companies have an important role to play in accelerating the energy transition. By joining EP100 and RE100 and putting smart energy use at the heart of its business strategy, Schneider Electric is already leading by example, said Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group. “We are excited that Schneider Electric is now also joining EV100, making them one of hopefully many more companies to make all three commitments, demonstrating that cleaner, smarter energy, and transport go hand in hand.”

With its charging solutions developed for a few years and available on many sites across the world, Schneider Electric employees have been early-adopters of electric mobility. For instance, in Germany, Schneider Electric has helped transform the EUREF Campus into a showcase for low-CO2 energy and mobility, enabling to meet Germany’s FUTURE 2050 carbon-free target 30 years ahead of time. Schneider Electric’s employees working at the EUREF campus are part of 150 companies and research facilities who benefit from this future-ready infrastructure.

In Schneider Electric, several countries such as Norway have already taken the plunge and started to offer their employees to use electric vehicles for their professional needs. This transformation, that will be conducted in over 50 countries in the coming 10 years, will obviously change the habits for many new employees. “Schneider Electric efforts to reduce our impact on the planet are also part of our employees’ DNA. I see a high involvement and willingness for our employees to contribute to a more sustainable future,” says Henrik Holck-Clausen, Human Resources Vice President in Norway.

In addition to transitioning our own vehicle fleet to electric, Schneider Electric also helps companies transition to electric fleets by investing and partnering with start-ups such as eIQ Mobility who is focused on fleet electrification consulting services and software, and DST that offers electric fleet logistics as a service and has over 16,000 electric vehicles. Schneider Electric is an investor and partner of Volta, whose innovative business model enables free EV charging for real estate owners and drivers in exchange for advertising.

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