Eight-year program aims to reduce energy use at the city library and the Claude Monet middle school before being extended to other municipal buildings
Rueil-Malmaison (France), March 15, 2011 – On Friday, March 11, Schneider Electric and the City of Rueil-Malmaison, represented respectively by Frédéric Abbal, President of Schneider Electric France, and Patrick Ollier, Parliamentary Relations Minister and Mayor of Rueil-Malmaison, signed the first agreement to trial an energy efficiency program in France.
The first of its kind involving a municipality, the energy efficiency program will initially be trialled at the city library and the Claude Monet middle school in Rueil-Malmaison. Over eight years, the program is expected to reduce energy use at the sites concerned by 20%, thereby trimming the city’s energy bill and shrinking its environmental footprint. The initiative may later be extended to other municipal buildings. The technical part of the program will be supported by a major campaign to educate and inform the local community about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is critical to the program’s success. As part of the campaign, workshops will be organized for children in order to foster environmentally responsible behaviour from a very young age.
The City of Rueil-Malmaison has been engaged in a sustainable development process since 2001 and was one of the first municipalities in the Paris region to develop its own Agenda 21 action plan. Many initiatives have been undertaken over the past nine years, with the mayor’s unwavering support. As part of its gradual transformation process, the city is constantly looking for innovative urban design, planning and management concepts and methods. That's why the municipal authorities turned to Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management whose head office in Rueil-Malmaison showcases its expertise in improving energy efficiency.
“Schneider Electric is using an aggressive business model in which the initial investment will be covered by the savings achieved," says Frédéric Abbal, President of Schneider Electric France. “If we exceed our target, the additional savings could be reinvested to broaden the city’s energy efficiency program.”
“As Chairman of the National Assembly’s Economic Affairs Committee, I have invested a great deal in the Grenelle environmental process, fighting hard for the ‘3 x 20’ objectives, ” comments Patrick Ollier, Parliamentary Relations Minister and Mayor of Rueil-Malmaison. “We are now working toward achieving those objectives and I’m proud that the first energy efficiency trial will take place in Rueil, with a local company that is a global leader in this field."
As the prime contractor on the project, Schneider Electric will conduct a detailed audit to identify and plan the work to be carried out, measure potential energy savings, develop a training and awareness program tailored to the buildings' users, and establish a services contract to maintain energy performance.
The project's delivery deadline—before the start of the school year in September 2011—makes it even more ambitious.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 19.6 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”