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Schneider Electric and IT solution providers offset impact of European Partner Summit through planting thousands of trees

Schneider Electric and IT solution providers offset impact of European Partner Summit through planting thousands of trees

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Schneider Electric, provider of Digital Transformation energy management and automation solutions, has announced it has planted 7,500 trees in Europe, to contribute towards the offset of any carbon emissions associated with the delivery of its recent European Partner Summit. Although the event was virtual, Schneider saw an opportunity to fully mitigate its emissions and worked with the non-profit organisation, Tree Nation, to fulfil the project.

By delivering the Summit as an online event, Schneider Electric and its IT channel partners avoided the emissions in normal circumstances associated with the organisers and delegates’ travel, accommodation, and use of physical resources.

The Schneider Sustainability Impact programme

The company estimated the power use associated with the virtual summit, offsetting 1,100 tonnes of CO2 as part of the Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme – which sets out the 2021 to 2025 goals and focuses of the wider Schneider Electric sustainability vision, on the journey towards Net Zero 2030.

Rob McKernan, SVP, Secure Power Europe Region, Schneider Electric, commented on the initiative: “Our European Partner Summit is one example of how digital technologies have enabled businesses to adapt and overcome the challenges of the pandemic. While the virtual nature does have less obvious implications on sustainability without the need to travel, we still must hold ourselves accountable and address the carbon impact. I’m proud we are able to give back to the earth through our partnership with Tree Nation.”

McKernan continued: “As the world’s most sustainable organisation, we are making it our mission to help and support our partner community and the end users of Schneider Electric’s solutions with their own sustainability ambitions. We’d like to thank all the guests who not only attended and involved themselves in the virtual Summit, but also supported this initiative by successfully planting thousands of trees in Europe.”

Tree Nation and its work with Schneider Electric

Planting of trees is one of the most direct ways to take tangible action against deforestation and consequent increase in carbon emissions. According to Tree Nation, by absorbing and storing CO2 from the atmosphere, a single tree can offset around 250kg of carbon emissions during its lifetime – although estimates vary.

Schneider Electric has been working with Tree Nation in a long-established partnership to reduce the environmental impact of partner and supplier operations via tree planting. The partnership demonstrates Schneider Electric’s continued commitment to demonstrating leadership in environmental sustainability, and to reducing the environmental impact of IT sector energy use as reported in the Digital Economy and Climate Impact Report.

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