We aim to promote our suppliers' best-in-class, most sustainable innovations, to bring further transparency to our product offer and help reduce our impact on the planet.
Sonepar's Green Offer enables our customers to make sustainable choices to master their carbon footprint, thanks to our sustainability rating.
Close collaboration with our suppliers is key, as they provide us with verified environmental data about their products, thanks to Life Cycle Assessments which allows us to compare and rate each product.
Here, we're focusing on Schneider Electric, a world leading technology innovator, specialising in digital automation and energy management.
Schneider Electric products can be found in homes, data centers, buildings and infrastructure around the world, providing cutting edge solutions that combine advanced energy technologies with real-time automation and innovative software.
Sustainability is core to Schneider Electric’s purpose, culture and business. In 2005, Schneider Electric was the first to monitor its impact on people, planet and profit with an industry-leading sustainability barometer.
Its commitment to sustainability has been recognised with placements in the Corporate Knights’ Global 100 list of Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for 12 years in a row. The company’s Climate Strategy and its commitment to environmental transparency was also one of the first to be validated in accordance with SBTi* Corporate Net-Zero Standard in 2022.
To encourage greater efforts and have wider impact, the Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) 2021-2025 program aims to accelerate the company sustainability efforts while giving more people access to energy and equal opportunities.
Today, 75% of Schneider Electric’s products meet the requirements of its Green Premium label – label introduced by the company in 2008 as a method of communicating which individual products could best support homeowners, building managers, architects, distributors, or original equipment manufacturers with achieving their sustainability goals.
The foundations of Green Premium label are the compliance of all Green Premium products to the most rigorous environmental regulations as well as providing full transparency on environmental impact of the product through a Product Environmental Profile (PEP).
A good example is Schneider Electric’s latest Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) Smart-UPS Ultra, which are designed with circularity in mind and offer best-in-class carbon reduction. Key to this is the use of lower-impact materials and a focus on efficiency, durability and repairability.
The Smart-UPS Ultra can help companies work towards their sustainability goals, with a 7% reduction in embodied CO2, 75% of its aluminium from certified recycled sources, up to 2.5 times more power density and 3 times longer battery life.
Sonepar and Schneider Electric are working together to champion the innovation of sustainable solutions.
*Science Based Targets initiative