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UNSW wins at Schneider Electric Sustainability Awards 2024
Thu, 4th Apr 2024

Schneider Electric has announced the global winners of its annual Schneider Electric Sustainability Impact Awards, recognising companies that exhibit leadership in decarbonising operations.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW), among six other winners worldwide, secured the Impact to my enterprise award, marking a significant achievement for Australia.

The awards were announced during Schneider’s Innovation Summit 2024 in Paris, France. They acknowledged the University of New South Wales for its Environmental Sustainability Plan — a blueprint for sustainable development to diminish its environmental footprint while leading in sustainable practices in its campuses.

Launched in 2022, the annual Schneider Electric Sustainability Impact Awards awards acknowledge Schneider Electric’s business ecosystem's contributions to a more sustainable, electric world. The selection criteria for this year were updated to address the broader efforts of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets by digitising and electrifying operations.

In addition to its global win, UNSW shared the Impact to my enterprise award for the Pacific region with AirTrunk. AirTrunk, a hyperscale data centre specialist, creates solutions for cloud, content, and large enterprise customers primarily in Asia Pacific and Japan. Its avant-garde techniques in developing and operating energy and water-efficient data centre campuses have conferred upon it industry-leading reliability and innovation credentials.

Two more companies, Pacific Energy and Quasar Systems Ltd, jointly won the Sustainability Impact to my customers category in the Pacific Zone. These awards recognise partners that have demonstrated their sustainable leadership by helping their customers achieve their decarbonisation targets. Pacific Energy deploys its stand-alone power systems to one of the world's largest grids to reduce carbon emissions and improve reliability and safety. Meanwhile, Quasar is implementing an EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert system for a project that covers more than 200 sites across New Zealand.

Colette Munro, Schneider Electric's Pacific Zone President, expressed her satisfaction at the achievements of the winning entities. "We are thrilled to celebrate the outstanding sustainability achievements of our customers and partners in the Pacific region and applaud their sustainability endeavours. The University of New South Wales' global recognition is a significant accomplishment."

She further encouraged other Australian businesses to emulate the steps taken by UNSW, AirTrunk, Pacific Energy, and Quasar. Their use of sustainable technology solutions sets new benchmarks in the industry. Schneider Electric continues its role as a support system for entities embarking on their journey to sustainability, guiding them through the steps towards digitisation and energy efficiency, and thereby, decarbonisation.