Schneider to help reduce Albea reduce energy and carbon footprint
New energy procurement program will optimise utility contracts and rates, and standardize risk management
Schneider Electric has partnered with Albéa on an integrated energy and carbon management program that will help the beauty and personal care packaging company improve energy efficiency across its global facilities by 15% by 2020.
Albéa provides packaging solutions to beauty and personal care companies including L’Oréal, Unilever, Coty, Estée Lauder, LVMH and many others.
The latest phase in the three-year partnership includes strategic procurement to optimise utility contracts and rates to manage the risks and price volatility associated with energy sourcing.
This builds on earlier energy efficiency-focused efforts to uncover opportunities and implement measures to help Albéa meet its 15% 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. Schneider Electric has provided the guidance and technologies that will allow us to address these dual goals and showcase our industry leadership.”
Albéa previously managed energy reduction and sustainability efforts locally across its 38-site, 15-country industrial footprint.
The absence of a cohesive strategy, and a common approach to sharing data and best practices lacked efficiency, and created gaps in reporting and analysis.
To overcome this challenge, Albéa adopted Schneider Electric’s cloud-based EcoStruxure Resource Advisor to visualize, measure and manage initiatives across its entire portfolio. This allows the company to standardise conservation efforts across sites and measure progress through one single interface.
With the addition of a company-wide energy procurement programme, Albéa has adopted an integrated, data-oriented approach to managing the strategies, data and resources needed to reduce consumption and maximise savings, a practice known as Active Energy Management (AEM).