Program helps beauty products packaging company put new face on energy efficiency
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Schneider Electric has teamed with Albéa to develop an integrated energy and carbon management program that will help bring efficiencies to the beauty and personal care packaging company’s global facilities.
The collaboration’s goal is to boost energy savings some 15 percent by 2020 and improve sustainability reporting.
The latest phase in what thus far has been a three-year partnership includes strategic procurement to optimize utility contracts and rates to manage the risks and price volatility associated with energy sourcing, according to a release. This builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts to uncover opportunities and implement measures to help Albéa meet its 15 percent 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.
“Our clients are asking for more carbon management transparency from their suppliers, including detailed strategies to reduce consumption and emissions,” said Gilles Swyngedauw, director for corporate social responsibility at Albéa. “We needed an advisor to help meet those demands, as well as our own sustainability targets.”
Albéa previously managed energy reduction and sustainability efforts locally across its 38-site, 15-country industrial footprint. To overcome strategy and reporting challenges, Albéa adopted Schneider Electric’s cloud-based EcoStruxure Resource Advisor to visualize, measure and manage initiatives across its portfolio. This allows the company to standardize conservation efforts across sites and measure progress through one single interface.
The need for coordination across energy efficiency, supply and sustainability departments has never been greater, officials said. 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.
“Organizations 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,” said Steve Wilhite, senior vice president of energy and sustainability services for Schneider Electric. “When these efforts converge into a single global program, companies can uncover new opportunities and drive even greater savings.”
Albéa provides packaging solutions to beauty and personal care companies including L’Oréal, Unilever, Coty, Estée Lauder and LVMH.