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    A first in France: Carrefour and Schneider Electric sign their first guaranteed energy performance contract for reduced energy consumption in stores

    In the context of a sustainable development approach to energy consumption in stores, Carrefour and Schneider Electric have just signed a guaranteed energy performance contract. This is the first contract of its kind in France, with Schneider Electric offering a guarantee of long-term results. The objective is to reduce the stores' energy consumption by 10 to 15 % - the equivalent per store of the annual energy consumption of 150 households. In return, Carrefour has agreed to make the necessary investments, purchase equipment, carry out the works required and encourage the introduction of good practices in the stores. The technical complexity of this optimization work has led Carrefour to test 15 hypermarkets in 2005. The system will then be introduced in successive phases according to the types of stores. The total number of hypermarkets represents a potential energy saving of 113 GWh, which is more than a quarter of the electricity consumption of the city of Paris.

    Reducing energy spending to achieve better economic and environmental performance

    The contract between Carrefour and Schneider Electric guarantees a reduction in electricity consumption in stores, thus rising to a dual challenge. Without changes to energy policies, world energy demand is set to increase by 65% between 1995 and 2020. Energy saving is crucial for the environment and is one of the priorities of Carrefour’s sustainable development policy. “The savings achieved also allow Carrefour to fulfill its cost optimization objectives. Indeed, in an inflationary market, it is important to limit consumption in order to control energy spending”, explains Timothée Noël, Energy Buyer for Carrefour France.

    “Following audits carried out in each store, we define energy saving objectives and propose technical solutions. We handle the optimization work. Once the equipment has been installed, it is the involvement of the Carrefour team in the hypermarket and the daily follow-up by our teams over a three-year period which guarantee continuing good results”, adds Frédéric Vaillant, Schneider Electric’s Energy Performance Director.

    The improvements will mainly involve cold production (cold storage facilities and frozen food sections), which accounts for 40 % of a hypermarket’s electricity consumption, along with air-conditioning, heating and lighting. As well as the savings achieved, customers and employees will enjoy greater comfort, with more even temperatures between the checkouts and the frozen food sections.

    The Carrefour Group committed to managing energy spending

    In the context of its sustainable development policy, the Carrefour Group has been closely monitoring energy consumption in all its stores of all types since 2001. It publishes these results as an indicator in its sustainable development report.

    In December 2004, Carrefour signed a framework agreement with ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency) committing it to improving its energy consumption management. This agreement is based on 4 vectors: transport, buildings and sites, waste, eco-design of own-brand products and sustainable consumption.

    In 2005, Carrefour has taken this commitment a step further by signing an energy performance contract with Schneider Electric. In addition, it has signed an electricity supply contract with EDF, allowing it to monitor its consumption more precisely.

    The second-largest retailer in the world and the European leader, the Carrefour Group has worked for more than forty years to establish its position as the daily partner of millions of customers in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
    Basing its action on a multi-format strategy (hypermarkets, supermarkets, hard discount stores, local stores, cash-and-carry), it offers its customers the lowest prices for a board selection of products and services.
    Today, the Carrefour Group operates 11,000 stores in 30 countries and employs 430,000 people. Its consolidated sales excluding tax reached € 72.668 billion in 2004 .
    Committed to a dynamic based on growth and profitability, the Carrefour Group applies an approach based on responsible commerce, respecting differences and seeking to contribute to economic and social progress wherever it does business.

    Schneider Electric working alongside its customers to reduce their energy consumption

    For a long time now, Schneider Electric has proposed products and solutions allowing its customers to manage their electricity consumption better, including measurement products, lighting management / regulation systems and variable speed drives, in particular.

    The Guaranteed Energy Performance contracts are concrete evidence of Schneider Electric’s even greater commitment to its customers: integration of all types of energy and a performance commitment.
    Schneider Electric proposes energy performance contracts to its different customers all over the world, particularly in the United States and Scandinavia. So far, Schneider Electric has implemented 200 projects of this type. The group’s strategic ambition is to extend its offer in the climatic engineering sector, as demonstrated by its recent acquisition of TAC in 2003 and Andover Control in 2004.

    World leader in electrical distribution and automation & control systems through its world-class brands Merlin Gerin, Square D and Telemecanique, Schneider Electric develops a global offer of products and services for the residential, buildings, industry, energy and infrastructure markets. Schneider Electric has a workforce of 85,000 people operating in 130 countries and generated sales of € 10.4 billion in 2004 through 13,000 sales outlets.
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