Legrand Hosts Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellows in North America And China
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (June 26, 2014) – Furthering its ongoing commitment to operational improvements in energy intensity reductions, Legrand, North America, a leader in power, light and data solutions, is participating in the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program. The renowned program places specially trained graduate students in companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers.
As a program participant, Legrand will host two fellows at manufacturing sites in North America and China. Working in tandem with Legrand’s internal operational teams, the fellows will analyze energy usage to identify trends and areas for improvements and modifications, and make recommendations for programs to implement that will improve performance.
“Legrand is honored to participate in EDF Climate Corps this summer,” said Susan Rochford, Vice President Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy for Legrand. “The fellows’ perspective and contributions will lend fresh insight to Legrand’s overarching efforts toward improving energy, water and waste intensity across all of our sites.”
The North American fellow, Prithivi Chellamuthu, a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences candidate at University of Southern California, will support Legrand’s ongoing commitment to the Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge. As Legrand embarks on even greater energy intensity reductions in phase two of its participation in the BBBP Challenge, Chellamuthu will utilize advanced software to track electrical and natural gas usage data from up to six North American sites, and analyze all compiled data to identify trends and opportunities for performance optimization. This may include reallocation of funds for capital improvements or recommendations for process and scheduling modifications. Based on those findings, Chellamuthu will develop and implement a number of ongoing reporting processes and tools within the data collection software that Legrand can leverage moving forward.
Chellamuthu will report to program co-leads Dean Nestvogel, Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager for Legrand’s Electrical Wiring Solutions division, and Jim Young, Director, Corporate Development & Corporate Energy Manager.
In China, Legrand is among the first five companies to host a fellow to improve its own operational efficiencies, while also supporting greater EDF efforts to investigate best practices for reducing emissions and building awareness around energy efficiency in the region. EDF Climate Corps fellow Tina Tan, an MBA candidate at Duke University, identified seven areas of opportunity for efficiency improvements and will work closely with site manager Keith Pang, who is overseeing her work, to implement a plan that involves a number of operational changes. These range from small adjustments, such as replacements of LED lighting and new rainwater collection strategies, to large-scale modifications of manufacturing processes, such as heating and cooling methods and air compressor and pneumatic systems upgrades.
EDF Climate Corps has worked with hundreds of leading organizations to identify opportunities that could save nearly $1.3 billion in energy cost and averages $1 million for each organization involved. These savings are equivalent to reducing the electricity consumption of 180,000 homes and avoiding the annual carbon emissions from 260,000 cars.
This summer, 117 EDF Climate Corps fellows are working in 102 host organizations. Five hosts, including Legrand, are multinational companies with facilities in China. At these sites, EDF Climate Corps’ work will support greater EDF efforts to advance market-based solutions to reduce emissions and shape the future of building energy efficiency as the region faces increasing urbanization. While EDF Climate Corps is expanding internationally, the program continues to increase its impact in the United States. Two-thirds of this year’s EDF Climate Corps fellows will work in the nine U.S. states that together consume more than half of the nation’s energy: Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Florida.
For more information about EDF Climate Corps, please visit edfclimatecorps.org.
To learn more about Sustainability initiatives at Legrand, North America, visit: http://www.legrand.us/aboutus/sustainability.
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $6 billion in 2013. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper, Wiremold, and the recently acquired C2G and Quiktron product lines. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us
About EDF Climate Corps
EDF Climate Corps taps the talents of tomorrow’s leaders to save energy, money and the environment by placing specially-trained EDF fellows in companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers. Working with hundreds of leading organizations, EDF Climate Corps has uncovered nearly $1.3 billion in energy savings. For more information, visit edfclimatecorps.org. Read our blog at edfclimatecorps.org/blog. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/EDFbiz and on Facebook at facebook.com/EDFClimateCorps.
About Environmental Defense Fund
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