Schneider Electric appoint new UK and Ireland President
Schneider Electric, a global energy management and automation solutions specialist, has announced the appointment of its new UK and Ireland Zone President.
Mike Hughes is the man in the spotlight, receiving promotion to the position from within the company, having worked for Schneider Electric for 15 years.
“We are very pleased to be announcing Mike as President of the UK and Ireland, a key market for Schneider Electric,” said Leonid Mukhamedov, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s European Operations.
“He brings over 25 years of industry experience to the role, and has established himself as a valued member of the organisation, growing customer relationships across multiple sectors across the globe.”
Previous to his new role, Hughes had been acting as Executive Vice President of Segments and Strategic Customers.
“I am very excited to be taking this role at such an important time for both the region and business. Now more than ever, organisations are looking to increase their overall efficiency and we are best placed to work alongside them,” said Hughes.
“At Schneider Electric, we plan to deliver new and innovative services that will help organisations prepare for the rapid growth in energy, digitisation and a world of renewable, decentralised energy.”
The news comes shortly after the announcement that the company’s New Energy Opportunities network has been opened up to European corporations, inviting those who are committed to the advance of renewable and sustainable energy solutions to join.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.