As part of the Innovation Summit World Tour 2020
series, Innovation Summit Hong Kong 2020 will bring together 50+ industry leaders who will discuss ways to harness digital technologies to achieve greater sustainability across industries, and create more business resilience in the face of climate change. The event presents a platform to explore how electrification, digitization, innovation and energy management contribute to transitioning to a net zero carbon world. It will also feature more than 20 in-depth strategy talks, expert learning sessions and interactive panel discussions, as well as Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure™ solutions in 3D at the Innovation Hub.
“The ongoing pandemic has caused major disruptions, both locally and around the globe. At the same time the rapid pace of digital transformation has allowed many organizations to respond effectively and enabled some to thrive in the new normal. In some ways the pandemic has been a catalyst for digital adoption in every industry. It has showcased digital’s potential for dealing with incidents and creating more efficient, resilient and sustainable businesses,” said Jonathan Chiu, President of Schneider Electric Hong Kong.
Integrating SUSTAINABILITY across a multi-site property portfolio
Environmental and business challenges are forcing the building industry to examine the role buildings play in reducing carbon emissions and waste. According to the International Energy Agency, buildings consume about 30% of the world’s energy through their construction and operations and account for almost 40% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions . But there are new technologies that can begin to reverse these trends. To be more sustainable, new and retrofitted buildings need to change dramatically.
Sharing a vision of driving sustainable development, Swire Properties Limited (Swire Properties) has formed a major partnership with Schneider Electric in the digital transformation of their energy management systems. The concept is to deliver a comprehensive range of innovative, integrated cloud-based energy management solutions by implementing EcoStruxure Energy Advisor at multiple sites across Swire Properties’ portfolio in different regions.
Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Energy Advisor has been deployed at Swire Properties’ ﬁve large-scale property developments in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, including Paciﬁc Place and Cityplaza in Hong Kong, Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou, INDIGO in Beijing and Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu. It offers Swire Properties a means of benchmarking each property’s energy performance from a facilities management perspective and identifying and dealing with pain points to enhance energy efﬁciency, track and optimize performance to achieve sustainability. The solution has improved the energy and operational performance of Swire Properties’ premises, reducing energy expenditure and creating a low-carbon and sustainable built environment.
“Schneider Electric EcoStruxure provides a host of solutions, ranging from a few devices all the way up to cloud-based analytical platforms. This allows us to access different portfolio data anywhere, anytime. What’s more, Schneider Electric has a very strong team in cybersecurity, combining information technology and operational technology and giving us peace of mind as we digitally transform our technical services towards achieving our sustainable development vision,” explained Raymond Yau, General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development, of Swire Properties.
"We are proud to work with Swire Properties to enhance efficiency – not just energy efficiency, but integration, operational and engineering efficiency. More importantly, because the EcoStruxure for Building solution is scalable and future-ready, it also helps building owners and developers increase the value of their real estate for the long term,” said Chiu.
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Driving workspace EFFICIENCY through digital transformation
Advances in digital technologies and IoT enabled devices are empowering businesses in smart buildings, smart manufacturing, smart cities, everywhere, to be more efficient and effective than they are today. Digital not only allows them to connect-the-connected and transform how they operate today, it also opens up new and even more innovative possibilities for creating the exceptionally sustainable, efficient and resilient environments that are essential to future success.
For example, Microsoft Hong Kong wanted to reshape the future of the workplace by optimizing the use of its space and increase workspace efficiency to improve employee comfort and boost productivity. Microsoft Hong Kong implemented Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor, which runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, to help create a dynamic workplace with optimized space and enhanced occupant well-being, without having to resort to a major renovation at its Hong Kong locale.
“As remote working has become the new normal, it is clear that technology is the key enabler to business resilience. Companies need to rethink how their people and teams communicate and collaborate, and a hybrid workplace can blend remote work and physical offices, making the approach more sustainable. As a trusted partner, Schneider Electric shares Microsoft’s vision of harnessing digital innovation to improve competitiveness and deliver modern workspace,” said Cally Chan, General Manager, Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau.
“As we move into a new decade, EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor addresses both our present and future customer needs. Schneider Electric has continued to respond to customer demands for optimized space management and occupant well-being, laying the foundations for future workplaces that can empower businesses to reach new heights,” said Chiu.
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Adopting Prefabricated Modular Data Centers to boost RESILIENCE
The rapid rise in remote activities across industries and sectors has made the data center the behind-the-scenes enabler of today’s new normal. With the increasing dependence on data centers, it is critical for data centers to be sustainable and resilient. Schneider Electric has the vision and a plan to accomplish both.
Given the critical need for system resilience, rapid time-to-market and application stability, a global technology company recently set up their data center in Hong Kong and deployed the Schneider Electric prefabricated modular data center, which is the first and the largest deployment of Prefabricated data center modules in Hong Kong. The solution combines primary power, cooling and IT data center infrastructure into modules – pre-engineered and integrated with the latest controls and management software – which are built off-site in a factory environment for decision makers to enable fast deployment of data centers and quickly respond to changes under the epidemic.
The importance of DIGITIZATION
The pandemic has showcased the ways digitalization can make a difference in dealing with global challenges. The demand for digital technologies in business is now greater than ever. It is critical for organizations to adopt the right digital technologies – such as Schneider Electric’s wide solutions and services portfolio – to adapt quickly to emerging conditions, in order to fulfill their strategy of continuous improvement and to drive economic recovery through increased efficiency, sustainability and resilience enabled by digitization.