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Schneider Electric research shows that many enterprises are not ready for the new energy economy

the survey of 236 companies shows that in the face of the changing energy environment, enterprises think they are ready, but the actual situation is not so

lack of integrated energy and Sustainability planning, inadequate implementation, and poor data management will cause obstacles

February 6, 2018, At the recently concluded annual meeting of the world economic forum in Davos, Beijing, China, Schneider Electric, the leader of digital transformation in the field of global energy efficiency management and automation, released the latest survey results: most enterprises believe that they are ready for the decentralized, low-carbon and digital future; But in fact, many enterprises have not taken the necessary actions to integrate and promote energy and sustainable projects

this situation stems from the fact that most enterprises still adopt a fairly conservative approach to energy management and climate action. Due to the insufficient coordination between procurement, operation and sustainability departments, and the low efficiency of data collection and sharing, the gap between different enterprises in innovation is becoming increasingly obvious

81% of enterprises have completed or have plans to upgrade their energy efficiency, but only 30% or less of enterprises consider seizing new energy opportunities such as micro electricity and demand side response.

a survey involving nearly 240 large enterprises worldwide (with revenue equal to or greater than US $100million) shows that 85% of respondents will take relevant actions in the next three years to ensure that their enterprises' carbon emission reduction plans are on par with industry leaders. However, projects that have been initiated or are under development tend to be in the fields of energy, water and waste treatment. Except for renewable energy, few enterprises adopt more advanced strategies and technologies for energy and emission management

The main findings of the survey include:

81% of the respondents have upgraded their energy efficiency or will upgrade their energy efficiency in the next two years; 75% of the respondents are committed to reducing water consumption and waste of enterprises

51% of the respondents have completed or are planning to implement renewable energy projects

only 30% of the respondents have implemented or are actively planning to use energy storage, micro electricity, cogeneration or hybrid technology

only 23% of the respondents have formulated or plan to formulate demand side response strategies in the short term

Jean Pascal tricoire, chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric Group, said: we are at a time of large-scale disruptive transformation of energy consumption and production mode. The almost universal attention to energy protection is a very positive signal. However, for enterprises, having a sufficiently advanced awareness of energy consumption is only a part of their development and prosperity. Enterprises need to become active energy participants, pay attention to energy production, and fully interact with power, power distribution enterprises that increase effective supply, peers and new enterprises in other industries. If action is not taken in time now, the future will be far behind

the main obstacle for enterprises to develop new energy economy may stem from internal coordination problems. 61% of the respondents said that their enterprises' energy and sustainability decisions were not well coordinated among relevant teams and departments, especially in the field of consumer goods and industrial business. At the same time, the same number of respondents said that the lack of collaboration was also a challenge

data management is considered to be another obstacle to integrated energy efficiency and carbon management. 45% of respondents said that their internal organizational data was highly fragmented and limited to local or regional processing. Among the respondents who believed that the lack of tools/indicators for data sharing and project evaluation was a problem faced by cross sectoral work, 65% of enterprises only managed data at the local, regional or national level, but did not upgrade it to the global level

iomart, the leader of managed cloud services, is a typical case that has taken an integrated, data-driven path. The company uses its own and operated data center network in the UK to coordinate the energy efficiency and environmental management of vehicle materials and the safety, environmental protection, energy conservation, green and other performance of vehicles

data and practical insights are necessary, said Neil Johnston, director of technical operations at iomart group. However, how to deal with these information after mastering them is equally important. Our procurement, energy and sustainability teams compare data and develop a unified strategy to manage consumption and emissions and reduce costs. This cooperation has saved a lot of money for the enterprise, and helped us win the ISO 50001 certification and meet the requirements of carbon emission reduction commitments

the study also mentioned the progress in several other fields

more than 50% of the companies have started or plan to start the fatigue life test steps of the future automobile front axle bench: within two years, start the renewable energy project, in which medical care and consumer goods, some shoes may release harmful smoke to the human body. The two fields are leading by 64% and 58% respectively. In addition, the senior management and functional departments of relevant enterprises are highly involved in these projects and other projects focusing on sustainability. For example, 74% of the respondents said that their renewable energy and sustainable development plan was concerned and approved by senior management members and was regarded as a strategic priority

although the return on investment is an important benchmark for energy and sustainable development plans, enterprises also begin to make longer-term and comprehensive investments. For example, more than half of the respondents said that environmental factors were taken into account in their investment evaluation process. Organizational risk (39%) is another important consideration

this study was completed by greenbiz research to understand how enterprises formulate energy and environmental strategies, how to collect and share data, and how they perform in cross sectoral coordination. Such practices are called active energy management. Participants include a variety of professionals responsible for energy and sustainable management, ranging from senior management team and board members to independent contributors. The enterprises participating in the survey came from 11 major fields, including consumer goods, energy/distribution enterprises, finance, industry, health care and technology. Sample sampling results are affected by variables

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