Schneider Electric Reports Expose Sustainability Action Gap

Schneider Electric Reports Expose Sustainability Action Gap

  • The leading energy firm, Schneider Electric, has identified a sustainability action gap in the energy sector
  • The Research, commissioned by the firm and conducted separately by over 400 industry leaders, identified a gap between intent and action
  • The Research uncovered the gap and stated that there is a perception and reality problem in the energy industry

Reports and studies commissioned by leading digital energy transformation management and automation firm Schneider Electric have revealed a disconnect between global intent and action on sustainability in information technology and data centre operations.

The three studies, conducted separately by industry-leading analysts at 451 Research (a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence), Forrester Consulting and Canalys, saw the collection of data from nearly 3,000 global participants, including the largest colocation and cloud providers, IT solution providers, and IT professionals across many segments and organisation sizes.

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Organisations have perception problems

According to the 451 Research paper, enterprise organisations have a perception-versus-reality problem because their sustainability programs are perceived as being more advanced than they are because "the maturity evaluations of nearly half (48%) of respondents did not match a previous answer."

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The colocation-focused Forrester Consulting document discovered that while just 33% of respondents said their firms had developed a strategic sustainability plan, sustainability was listed as their organisation's number 2 business priority by 73%.

According to the Canalys report, So channel partners are investing in sustainability strategies. Still, they are having trouble putting those investments into practice and don't have a clear plan on how to do it. Only a third of partners have ESG goals despite 61% of partners having staff members dedicated to sustainability.

Senior Vice President, Secure Power Division, International Operations for Schneider Electric, Natalya Makarochkina, said in a statement obtained by Majorwaves.

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The report said:

"The Research demonstrates that across the data centre and IT industry, there is a sustainability action gap – the intention appears to be there, but action is lacking. Of course, IT professionals understand and have taken steps to address sustainability."
"But what we lack, with some exception, is comprehensive and supported sustainability action plans and measurable targets to create the change required to address the climate crisis. These three research papers have documented a sustainability action gap and that is our collective challenge to address."

How Schneider Electric is revolutionising the Nigerian energy sector reported that the role of digitising the Nigerian energy sector is crucial, and that is where Schneider Electric, the French multinational energy company comes in.

In an exclusive interview with during the Lagos Start-up Week, Mojola Ola. Director - Marketing, Business Development & Access to Energy at Schneider Electric (Anglophone W. Africa), said Nigeria has about 55 per cent electricity access.

Ola said that what Nigeria needs to do in the energy sector is to improve access, saying that the company has an eco-structure, that integrates the Internet of Things (IoTS) which allows users to remotely monitor and control various devices.


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