Schneider Electric gets CSR award for energy efficiency education in Malaysia
By Digital News Asia October 31, 2012
- Company recognized for educating and promoting green energy and sustainability in Malaysia
- Key to this is Energy University, a free, web-based and professional level training program
SCHNEIDER Electric has received a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award for its initiatives in energy efficiency education in Malaysia 2012 from the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MFCCI).
The award recognizes its continuous efforts in educating and promoting green energy and sustainability to various stakeholders in Malaysia, Schneider Electric said in a statement.
A cornerstone of Schneider Electric’s efforts in this area is Energy University, a free, web-based, and professional level training program.
Delivered entirely online, Energy University courses are designed to support anyone involved in the decision-making, management, planning, design, or construction of a space impacted by energy, the company said.
The program is endorsed by the Energy Commission of Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) and 17 global professional organizations, 13 of which offer continuing education credits for members who participate in the program.
Recently, Energy University saw the integration of Data Center University, putting information on all data center and energy efficiency courses on one website to further benefit more than 120,000 users.
Accepting the MFCCI award from Malaysia Minister of Defense Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic, left), Peter Cave (pic, right), Malaysian country president of Schneider Electric said, “Energy University addresses important energy efficiency issues and offers methodologies for implementing safe, reliable and cost effective measures that are shared through 115,000 courses in 165 countries and 12 languages.
“In Malaysia, the curriculum is endorsed and recognized by Suruhanjaya Tenaga as it is fully aligned with the national agenda toward meeting its Copenhagen promise by 2020.
“Having Energy University as a resource goes a long way in getting more electrical energy managers trained in the knowledge necessary to meet Suruhanjaya Tenaga’s requirements for intensive energy-consuming industries,” Cave said.
In terms of other CSR efforts, the company has spearheaded the Schneider Electric University Challenge designed to inspire and challenge engineering students in Malaysia to solve practical energy usage problems.
Additionally, through its Luli campaign, Schneider Electric employees in Malaysia donate the equivalent of two hours of their salary to a charity of their choice and provide support towards disadvantaged children in less fortunate communities.
In the past three years, Schneider Electric employees have been supporting the Monfort Youth Center under Luli, donating not only part of their salary but also their time and expertise in training youth in efficient energy management practices.