SCS Paris 2008

More than ever, energy efficiency will be a core concern for businesses visiting the SCS Paris exhibition. A precise analysis of a company's energy consumption reveals ways of making savings and hence improving productivity and competitiveness. Visitors to SCS Paris at Paris-Nord Villepinte on 2-5 December 2008 will find solutions to help them improve mechanical, electrical and electronic products and/or systems, introduce regulations or automatic operations and install monitoring or measurement systems.

Energy efficiency and production
Energy efficiency means a system consuming as little energy as possible to deliver a maximum service. Increasing energy efficiency enables a reduction in energy consumption whilst delivering an equal service, resulting in lower ecological, economic and social costs linked to energy production and consumption.

One of the main objectives of energy management is to improve energy efficiency. In industry, which accounts for 24% of France's energy consumption, energy efficiency is calculated as the ratio between the minimum energy necessary to ensure production and the total energy consumed by a factory. The average energy efficiency of a factory is 41%: of 100 kWh bought and consumed by a factory, 41 kWh is of genuine use to its production processes. The first initiatives targeted drive systems and motors, which represent 70% of industrial electricity consumption. While major industries have already introduced measures, a lot remains to be done among SMEs.

Energy efficiency and the Environment Round Table
In 2007, European heads of state and the Environment Round Table reaffirmed the 3x20 goal that Europe has set itself for 2020: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, to reduce energy consumption by 20% and to increase the share of renewable energy to 20%. To achieve these ambitious goals, there are active energy efficiency solutions immediately available and easy for businesses to implement in both existing and new premises in conjunction with solutions for insulating and modernizing structures.

Based on an offering of efficient products and intelligent regulation, automation and measurement systems, active energy efficiency will help reduce energy bills and energy consumption and improve the quality and availability of energy by ensuring that only the energy needed is consumed.

Energy and electricity efficiency: the GreenLight programme

Producing, manufacturing, researching, checking, analyzing ... all these functions linked to the world of industry need lighting. Far from being a necessary evil, this cost centre can be optimized by a business, not only by reducing costs, but also by improving the quality of lighting produced for perators, technicians, engineers and administrative personnel.

The GreenLight programme (launched on 7 February 2000 by the European Commission Directorate General Energy & Transport (DG TREN)) is a voluntary initiative to preserve the environment. It encourages nonresidential public and private electricity consumers to make a commitment to the European Commission to install optimum yield lighting technologies in their facilities, when the technology chosen is profitable and lighting quality is maintained or improved.

The objective of the GreenLight programme is to reduce energy consumption for indoor and outdoor lighting throughout Europe, thus reducing polluting greenhouse gas emissions. It also enables signatory partners to improve the quality of visual conditions whilst saving money.

As this programme is voluntary and receives no funds from the Commission, the advantages to the partners are savings, better lighting conditions, technical assistance to form links with some energy service providers to set up financial arrangements for investment in efficient lighting, the possibility of announcing that they are participating in a European programme to reduce CO2 emissions, and being able to pride themselves on being "a company that respects the environment and cares about sustainable development".

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