Schneider Electric and Ingram Micro: contributing to sustainable futures together

Schneider Electric may be a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, but if you drill down to what it really is, Schneider Electric is an Impact company, committed to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, says Astrid Groves, Schneider Electric’s General Manager of IT and Edge.

The company has also been an Ingram Micro partner since 1989, collaborating on green shipping methods and promoting energy-efficient solutions. Ingram Micro uses Schneider’s EcoStruxure Resource Advisor platform to track its carbon emissions and other crucial energy and sustainability information in a single, cloud-based platform.

Recently, signed on as a global IT distributor of Zeigo(TM) Activate by Schneider Electric, a carbon reduction software application that enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to track and reduce their carbon emissions.

Inside Zeigo Activate

A software-as-a-service solution, Zeigo Activate for SMEs is designed to simplify energy data collection, says Astrid, and allows businesses to track its carbon footprint. It allows someone to upload bills to the system and have their carbon usage calculated. The software then provides a project roadmap for their decarbonisation goal. 

Ingram Micro plays an important role as a distributor for Zeigo Activate by empowering its channel partners to offer solutions via an online marketplace. The channel partners can offer solutions that help the SMEs who are using Zeigo Activate to meet energy reduction and carbon emissions goals with their offerings.

“Platform users can find the channel partners’ solutions on the platform, which enables these channel partners to support buyers who are trying to reduce their carbon emissions,” Astrid says. “For partners, it’s also a very profitable tool, allowing them to sell services and build their business.”

Australia’s scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions rules

Globally, greenhouse gas emissions are categorised into three scopes to better understand their sources and facilitate reporting and reduction efforts.

Scope 1 emissions are greenhouse gases released directly from sources a company controls, like combustion of fuels or emissions from industrial processes like steel manufacturing.

Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heat, or cooling; while the company itself doesn’t directly generate these emissions; their energy consumption contributes to them.

While scope 1 and 2 emissions provide a clear picture of a company’s direct and energy-related footprint, scope 3 emissions can often be a significant contributor to a company’s overall carbon footprint. Considering and addressing scope 3 emissions allow for a more holistic approach to emissions reduction and sustainability strategies.

With mandatory climate-related financial disclosure regulations expected to expand, Zeigo Activate and related services from Ingram Micro’s channel partners will become critical  as more organisations, particularly SMEs, invest in tracking and reporting tools.

Schneider Electric’s ESG commitments

Schneider Electric itself is on track to be carbon neutral in its operations by 2025, and it offers its ESG consulting and Resource Advisor services to larger organisations. Further it is practicing what it preaches, and through its own supply chain decarbonisation program The Zero Carbon Project, Schneider Electric has reduced carbon emissions in its supply chain by 27% in the past three years.

In Australia, the company has also brought together key players into its Sustainability Tech Council designed to drive sustainability in the channel. The key core members include Data#3, Cisco, Microsoft, NTT and Schneider Electric.

The Sustainability Tech Council aims to  set a new sustainability agenda through joint industry action and innovative technology solutions.

“We want to lift the sustainability acumen of our channels and to empower buyers and sellers of technology to make sustainable choices in their technology as well as to understand what sustainable solutions look like and how to differentiate between one solution and another from a sustainability balance sheet point of view. Through transparency, education, awareness, and standardisation, it brings together leading companies and executives who share a commitment to addressing climate change.

“At the end of the day, we all have to be sustainable to really make an impact,” Astrid concludes.

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