Earth Day: Protecting Earth starts with sustainable development, April 23, April 22, 2019 - April 22 this year marks 50th Earth Day. Conduct a series of activities on this theme to guide public in establishing concepts of "green water and lush mountains - golden mountains and silver mountains" and "harmonious coexistence between man and nature", mobilize public to actively participate in environmental protection activities, practice green and low carbon living and improve environment.

According to United Nations Environment Program's Comprehensive State of World Environment Report released in March, sixth edition of Global Environment Outlook (GEO6), report notes that global environmental pollution situation is still remains critical. , if not urgent and big If we take vigorous action to protect environment, earth's ecosystem and sustainable development of mankind will be under more serious threat - in 2050, millions of people could die prematurely due to environmental pollution.

Can world accelerate progress in environmental governance? This requires science, technology, funding and sufficient attention and support from public, business, government and society at large. Among them, as main organ of social production activities and main participants in industry, enterprises are undoubtedly main stimulators. Justin Yifu Lin, Dean Emeritus of National Development School of Peking University, noted that enterprise technology innovation plays a key role in achieving sustainable development goals, and green innovation and green industrialization of enterprises can create jobs and form a virtuous circle.

Businesses actively participate in production and operational activities that benefit earth and environment. They can not only reap benefits of environment, economy and people, but also contribute to their own sustainable development and help achieve coordinated development. with economy, society and environment. This has been fully confirmed by Schneider Electric, digital transformation expert in global energy efficiency management and automation.

Schneider Electric always considers sustainability as strategic core of enterprise and formulates sustainability strategies based on five dimensions of climate, circular economy, health and rights, development and ethics in order to better practice environmental protection for its own purposes. production and operation Sustainability commitments such as: Schneider Electric's commitment to achieving full carbon neutrality by 2030 in response to climate change.

It is clear that from a circular economy perspective, Schneider Electric is adopting a circular manufacturing model aimed atto self-healing and recycling, which has completely changed traditional “grab, make and throw” methods of linear production and use of resources. thereby ensuring maximum utilization of products, components and raw materials at all times to maximize value. By end of 2018, 178 out of 200 Schneider Electric plants worldwide had reached zero-waste landfill, and 22 factories in China had reached zero-waste landfill; in 2018, it helped customers save 40,000 tons of raw materials and reduce carbon emissions by 30 million tons. emissions; environmental product information is provided through Green Premium certification mark, and turnover share of this project has increased to 45.7%.

From a health and rights perspective, Schneider Electric's health accident rate per million hours of operation continues to decline, while employee engagement index is steadily rising.

At same time, Schneider Electric releases 2018-2020 Sustainability Impact Index Report, which is reviewed by a third party every quarter and evaluates sustainability performance across 21 indicators covering above five dimensions.Plan transformations and structure of sustainable development.

Schneider Electric is well aware that in addition to actively pursuing sustainability actions, it is also company's responsibility to ensure that entire "circle of friends" of customers, partners, employees and other stakeholders work together to promote company's sustainability. whole society. As a trusted sustainability partner in China, Schneider Electric uses digital innovation to drive digital transformation and upgrade of four major markets in buildings, data centers, industry and infrastructure, improve energy efficiency and operational levels, thereby contributing to sustainable development. entire industry.

For example, with Schneider Electric's end-to-end solution for integrating high and low power, Kingold International Financial Center can reduce energy consumption costs by 25%; automated picking and processing, such as Huanggang plant in Wuhan, previously required 2 hours of energy. meter data collection can be completed within 5 seconds, efficiency has increased by 1400 times, and data accuracy is higher, and overall work efficiency has increased by 19%.

For upstream supply chain, Schneider Electric conducts an annual supplier assessment to encourage them to improve their sustainability standards, thus contributing to sustainable transformation of upstream supply chain. The average ISO26000 score of strategic suppliers is increasing year by year. Schneider Electric also implements corporate social responsibility through measures such as Bibo vocational education program and volunteer services foremployees to build a better society together.

Yin Zheng, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric and President of China Region, said, “Sustainability practices are mutually beneficial for environment, economy and people. New development opportunities and new business development models. On occasion of 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we call every day in future to be Earth Day and to protect beautiful earth together.”