Schneider Electric launches SME Kickstarter Decarbonisation Programme, supported by Enterprise Singapore
The first-of-its-kind three-year mentorship programme will make it easier for SMEs to kickstart their sustainability journeys and build capabilities to decarbonise. SMEs will get support to develop their decarbonisation roadmaps and leverage digital solutions to track their energy consumption and emissions.
The SME Kickstarter Decarbonisation Programme comprises 3 steps:
Why it matters
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Scope 1 are direct emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels within a facility, leakage of refrigerant gases and vehicle usage. Scope 2 are indirect emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity and heating/ cooling.
- Direct emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels within the facility, leakage of refrigerant gases and vehicle usage
- Indirect emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity and heating/ cooling
- Indirect emissions in the value chain resulting from the purchase of goods and services and use of products
How can SMEs benefit from this programme?
Under the programme, Schneider Electric will provide training and mentorship to participating SMEs over three years, to ensure they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and guidance needed throughout their sustainability journeys. Participating SMEs will undergo workshops covering key sustainability concepts and emissions reporting frameworks. Schneider Electric will also support the SMEs in charting their strategies by establishing their Scope 1 and 2 emissions, developing decarbonisation roadmaps and identifying opportunities for energy efficiency.
In addition, the programme will enable SMEs to undertake digital transformation and grow a pipeline of skilled digital talent. They will receive hands-on guidance to track their energy consumption as well as emissions via Schneider Electric’s digital solutions. SMEs can also expect to adopt Schneider Electric’s cloud-enabled platform, which aims to simplify energy management and provide data and insights on energy usage. Schneider Electric will also support the SMEs in keeping track of their energy savings and corresponding emissions reduction throughout the three years.
This programme is under the EDG industry scheme where at least 50% of the full subsidiary is from Enterprise Singapore. For SMEs who wish to participate, you can start as low as from S$16K.
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Aligned with the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the SME Decarbonisation Programme aims to enable SMEs to decarbonise through a 3-step approach to sustainability (i.e., strategise, digitise and decarbonise). The three-year programme will cover strategise and digitise where SMEs can expect to build a baseline year of energy consumption and Scope 1 and 2 emissions, develop their decarbonisation roadmap and identify opportunities for energy efficiency. The above would prepare SMEs to adopt solutions and decarbonise.
This programme is designed for SMEs which are enterprises with at least 30% local shareholdings, not more than $100 million in operating revenue and employment not more than 200 workers.
As a first-of-its-kind mentorship programme, the programme will currently only accept SMEs based in Singapore and have operating locations in Singapore. We hope to expand this programme overseas in the future.
The programme will run for three years. Most of the strategise and digitise activities will occur during the first 12 months of the programme, with half-yearly reviews with the Schneider Electric team in the second and third year of the programme.
As part of this programme, SMEs are eligible for the Enterprise Development Grant when they sign up with Schneider Electric. Should interested SMEs sign up by the end of this year, the programme fee can reach as low as $16,000++.
As a first step, SMEs can apply for the programme by indicating their interest via an online form here (https://forms.office.com/r/tiHY3LhJTi). The Schneider Electric team will get in touch with the SME subsequently to discuss the next steps to take.
When filling in the online form in (d) to indicate their interest, SMEs applying for the programme would need to declare that it meets the criteria in (b), provide basic information such as their contact person, email and number, and information about their annual energy consumption and how many locations they operate in.
As SMEs will need to establish their baseline energy consumption and Scope 1 and 2 emissions, we would require documents such as past utility bills to ascertain their energy consumption and carbon footprint during the baseline year.
There will not be any penalties for SMEs that decide not to continue the programme.
The fees would be paid based on the completion of programme milestones.
While not necessary, one of the objectives of the programme is to transfer sustainability and decarbonisation-related knowledge to SMEs, it would be great for the SME to appoint a person to run the programme together with Schneider Electr
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