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Schneider achieves Saudi Arabia first

French firm wins ISO certification for making HQ energy efficient.

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Schneider Electric has become the first private company in Saudi Arabia to be awarded the ISO 50001:2011 certification for implementing advanced energy management solutions at its complex in the Kingdom.

The 5,000 sq meter plant in Riyadh’s 2nd Industrial City employs over 1,000 people including 200 Saudi nationals in the capacity of managers, professional engineers and technicians.

It has the potential to expand production capacity by an estimated 25-30% through manufacturing and assembling products for utilities operation, electrical distribution, industrial oil and gas, automation, infrastructure and energy efficiency management.

Ahmad Al Rashoud, Vice-President of Business Development and Energy Management Solutions at Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia, said: “The ISO certification is a definite milestone for us and for the broader industry in Saudi Arabia.

“It supports our corporate strategy to foster local talent in a state-of-the-art working environment, through the deployment of innovative and sustainable solutions.”

Maen Al Nimrawi, Energy Bureau Manager at Schneider Electric, said: “Schneider Electric identified our main office located in the second industrial area of Riyadh as the largest consumer of electrical power.

“This influenced our decision to get the site certified by end 2013. During the six months it took to achieve compliance with the stringent ISO standards, Schneider Electric was assessed for total energy consumed, design, construction, operations, commissioning and maintenance.”

The certification means Schneider is on course to achieve a 15% energy saving per employee by the end of 2015, by which time the company intends to have all its three manufacturing plants in Riyadh and regional offices in Jeddah and Khobar ISO certified.

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