Five feet from a Saint-Gobain innovationFrom the Louvre and SpaceX to windshields and building materials, you are never more than five feet away from a Saint-Gobain innovation. By focusing on buying energy smarter and using it efficiently, the company has saved millions, freeing up resources to deliver leading-edge, sustainable solutions.
• To optimise operations and costs, the company decided to centralise and streamline its energy procurement.
• Formerly, each facility was responsible for its own energy buying. There was no standard process and the company had limited visibility into enterprise-wide consumption.
• To achieve its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 20% by 2025, Saint-Gobain also needed to improve plant-level efficiency and reduce its environmental footprint.
Apps, Analytics & Services: EcoStruxure Resource Advisor, strategic energy sourcing
Edge Control: Modicon™ M580 process automation controllers
Connected Products: Altivar™ variable speed drives, Model 6 motor control centres, Premset™ MV switchgear, and Okken LV switchboards
• Saint-Gobain centralised and standardised energy procurement with expert support from the Schneider Electric team, including strategic sourcing, risk management, tariff analysis and invoice auditing.
• To track consumption and spend, the company now uses EcoStruxure Resource Advisor, cloud-based enterprise software that provides one view into energy and sustainability data and savings opportunities
• Within its factories, Saint-Gobain relies on Schneider Electric's edge control and connected devices that help gather the energy data necessary to optimise and actively manage consumption.
• In a prominent example, Schneider experts identified a savings opportunity at a site in North Carolina in the U.S. and helped the facility reduce its utility costs by 14%.
• Thanks to Schneider Electric connected technology, plant operators can track and modulate energy use based on the time of day, and trim consumption when grid-wide use and prices peak.
Richard Brunel, Vice President of Purchasing in North America, Saint-Gobain
"We have to push our R&D teams to find ways to make better products with a lower carbon footprint. And energy savings have provided fuel for innovation."
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