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How technology can help industries in the energy transition

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Schneider Electric experts explain how innovations can ensure a more sustainable future

São Paulo, May 2024 – According to the 2023 “Emissions Gap Report” of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), global low-carbon transformations are necessary to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ) forecast for 2030. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, these emissions must fall between 28% and 42% by that date.

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The need to reduce GHG emissions has driven the search for the use of renewable and cleaner energy sources in several sectors. However, industry, one of the production areas that most pollutes the environment, still faces numerous challenges on this journey.

Regis Ataides, vice president of Industrial Automation and head of Digitalization at Schneider Electric, says that companies may not have the necessary internal knowledge to evaluate, implement and manage renewable energy solutions. Or they may not be aware of the benefits and risks of continuing to rely on fossil fuels.

“The concern for a more sustainable future in industries must be accompanied by the modernization of the industrial park, as outdated technology is responsible for reducing efficiency and increasing GHG emissions,” says Ataides. “By adopting new technologies available on the market, such as universal automation based on OPEN Automation driven by an international standard, industries can face many challenges, meet environmental goals and reap significant economic benefits.”

Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation solutions, plays a crucial role in accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in industry. In response to the growing need for sustainability and environmental responsibility, the company continues its commitment to offering solutions to assist in the energy transition.

5 solutions to boost the energy transition in industry

Mathieu Piccin, LATAM director of Sustainability Business at Schneider Electric, explains that the adoption of renewable energy in the sector should not just be a wish, but a vital requirement to ensure a more sustainable future.

“With experience and continuous commitment to innovation, Schneider Electric's Sustainability and Energy Consulting area, Sustainability Business, is helping the sector in this transition,” highlights Piccin, listing how the company can help:

  • Purchase of energy: Industries can purchase renewable energy through the Free Energy Market (MLE) – a commercial environment that allows consumers to freely choose who to buy electricity from. This helps to obtain better prices, conditions and access to 100% clean energy, considering that, in this market, it is possible to purchase renewable energy with or without a traceability certificate.
  • Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency measures are essential to promote sustainable growth, avoiding wasted resources. Schneider Electric is pioneering solutions that improve efficiency at all levels of industry – from building management to optimizing industrial processes. The company's innovations aim to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions as much as possible.
  • Electrification: Helps companies reduce emissions by transitioning from the use of fossil fuels to electrical sources in processes. When powered by clean sources, electrification not only leads to decarbonization, it also increases energy efficiency and reduces operating costs.

Digitalization and renewable PPAs

  • Scanning: A holistic view of data across the enterprise with shared KPIs is fundamental to any decarbonization strategy and allows you to identify the best opportunities, prioritize investments and scale quickly. Having a platform that acts as a single source of truth helps companies make smarter decisions and track and audit progress on energy procurement, efficiency initiatives and ESG goals.
  • Renewable PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements): These are long-term clean energy purchase and sale agreements, typically associated with a specific wind or solar energy generation asset, at a price negotiated between seller and buyer. PPAs are excellent risk mitigation tools and can help reduce energy costs. The positive side of purchasing clean energy PPAs are the certificates, which prove that the electricity is renewable and its “additionality”, as the company is helping to increase the amount of renewable energy in the country's electrical matrix.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider's purpose is to empower everyone to achieve the best results with our energy and resources, leveraging progress and sustainability. We call it “Life Is On”. Our mission is to be your digital partner for sustainability and efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating process and energy technologies, cloud product connectivity, controls, software and services across the entire product lifecycle, enabling integrated enterprise management for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We strive for open standards and partnership ecosystems excited by our meaningful and inclusive proposition and our values ​​of empowerment.

Source: Gustavo Fritz – RPMA Comunicação.

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