Schneider Electric Enterprise Offering Now Includes Actionable Greenhouse Gas Information
February 14, 2009

Global energy management leader Schneider Electric today announced the availability of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting with its Square D® PowerLogic® ION® enterprise energy management solution. Correlating a distinct relationship between a company’s energy consumption and its consumption-based CO2 emissions, the PowerLogic ION EEM Emissions Tracking and Reporting module helps corporations achieve higher energy efficiency, while reducing energy-related emissions, costs and downtime. 

The solution is a combination of Square D PowerLogic ION EEM software and expert engineering services that results in accurate monitoring, modeling and reporting of CO2 emissions to convert energy data into useful, actionable greenhouse gas information."CO2 emissions are no longer just an inevitable consequence of energy use but a manageable variable in a company's operations" says Jim Plourde, industrial vertical sales manager for Schneider Electric’s Power Management business. "Regarding Schneider Electric U.S. manufacturing facilities, through monitoring our energy and tracking energy performance metrics, we’ve been able to decrease our energy consumption by 10 percent per employee since 2004."

As U.S. companies take a closer look at how they purchase and use energy, they are finding the PowerLogic ION EEM dashboards are useful tools to incorporate both economic and environmental data for a more comprehensive understanding of the true cost and efficiency drivers to meet emissions standards and sustain savings. The PowerLogic ION EEM Emissions Tracking and Reporting module follows guidelines presented by the GHG Protocol for direct and indirect (purchased) GHG emissions. It tracks emissions from combustion boilers, furnaces, vehicles, chemical production or controlled process equipment as well as emissions from an organization’s utilities, such as purchased electricity or steam – those which emit carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) into the atmosphere. Since the indirect emissions result depends on the amount of energy used and the mix of fuel that goes into producing this electricity or steam, the module helps delineate direct and indirect emission sources, improves transparency, and assists organizations in implementing their climate policies. 

PowerLogic ION EEM and its new Emissions Tracking and Reporting module delivers a customized set of energy modeling, dimensional analysis and visualization tools that deliver actionable intelligence needed to support a complete energy and emissions management program, from the boardroom to the factory floor. Reports include aggregate CO2 output vs. target vs. base year to track emission reductions project performance and multisource CO2 output vs. target to compare the emissions performance of various business entities(business units, regions, buildings, facilities, departments, etc). Included in the new module is a built-in mechanism that sets effective dates and properly accounts for the changing relationships between emission factors, purchased commodities and consumption sources. These slowly changing factors are taken into consideration when calculating emissions outputs and reporting company emissions performance over time. 

Emissions data — along with any other data, such as production, energy and temperature — is available for trend analysis and reporting and included in views such as normalized energy usage patterns and key performance indicators. The powerful ION EEM data presentation layer provides information via a web-enabled dashboard to aid energy managers with energy and emissions benchmarking, keeping programs on track relative to a target value, variances and base year totals, as well as a breakdown of CO2 output by commodity and validation of the resulting return on investment.

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