Schneider Electric, an energy management and sustainability services company, recently announced a contract extension with Saint-Gobain, a building materials company and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, which builds on a 16-year partnership designed to optimize energy buying across sites in the US, Canada, and Mexico. To date, the program has helped Saint-Gobain trim energy expenses by more than $50 million.
With the four-year extension, Saint-Gobain is adding more than 20 new properties to the portfolio that Schneider Electric analysts help manage, bringing the total to 144 sites. The analysts deliver a complete suite of procurement services that range from strategic sourcing and rate reviews to budgeting and utility invoice collection and validation.
In addition, all data for the program, including details on contracts and pricing, and site-level energy use, flows into Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Resource Advisor, a cloud-based enterprise software platform. This gives Saint-Gobain a single source to track performance and savings and benchmark facilities in order to identify efficiency opportunities.
To augment the day-to-day operations, the Schneider Electric team also provides long-term forecasting and risk management to help protect Saint-Gobain against pricing fluctuations, regulatory changes and other unexpected market movement.
Saint-Gobain works with Schneider Electric in several other regions around the globe as well, deploying innovative technology and services that allow the building materials expert to use energy efficiently and operate more sustainably. One particular area of focus is developing custom, repeatable solutions to improve plant performance.
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