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World Economic Forum recognises Schneider Electric as a Circularity Lighthouse

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  • Circularity Lighthouses are pioneers in circular business models at scale

Sydney, Australia Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced that it has been recognised by the World Economic Forum and McKinsey as one of three global Circularity Lighthouses in the built environment.

This new designation recognises pioneering circularity solutions that demonstrate innovation, substantial impact and value, and maturity of scale. The new lighthouses were selected by an independent panel of experts from industry, academia, and public life.  

The World Economic Forum defines the built environment as residential and commercial infrastructure. Together, this is responsible for 39% of energy-related CO2 emissions, 33% of material consumption and waste generation, and 25% of land system change. The Forum’s Circular Lighthouse network provides companies a way to share and learn from one another to rapidly accelerate action and scale for greater resource efficiency.

Schneider Electric was recognised by the World Economic Forum and McKinsey for its end-to-end circular approach across a broad portfolio of its energy and building automation solutions. Through eco-design, waste-to-resources sites, and a global network of refurbishment centers, Schneider Electric has avoided approximately 513 million tons of CO2 to customers since 2018

The company also uses 27% green materials across its products with the ambition to reach 50% by 2025. 22% of Schneider Electric’s product families have a circularity option, and more than half of Schneider Electric’s manufacturing sites recover more than 99% of waste.

“Circular business models offer compelling sustainability and commercial benefits,” said Peter Herweck, Schneider Electric’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to the opportunities this new Circularity Lighthouse network offers to learn, share, and accelerate action.” 

One example is how Schneider Electric gives its MasterPact MTZ circuit breakers a second life. Refurbished at the MasterTech plant in France, these circuit breakers are collected from customers at the end of life, disassembled, diagnosed, upgraded and tested before being put back on the market.

IMPACT Supply Chain Program


Circular business models and supply chain design are part of Schneider Electric’s IMPACT Supply Chain program. This is the next evolution of the company’s supply chain transformation, which aims to make a positive impact on both customers and planet. Its key pillars are:


  • People – Schneider’s people are empowered to innovate and make a positive impact for customers every day.
  • Planet – Schneider Electric is building a sustainable, responsible, and net-zero ready supply chain.
  • Customers – Schneider Electric’s reliable supply chain delivers industry-leading quality.
  • Performance – Schneider Electric drives performance through advanced technology, smart and unified processes, regional ecosystems, and collaborative design.

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