Schneider Electric launches Xperience Efficiency '13 in Davao-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
SCHNEIDER Electric, the global specialist in energy management, showcased solutions to energy and sustainability challenges during the launch of Xperience Efficiency 2013 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City recently.
Xperience Efficiency brought together business, government and community leaders to engage, learn and drive change in today's energy and sustainability challenges.
The event, the first of three nationwide roadshows, featured 20 breakout sessions and interactive displays on the latest integrated energy trends and alternative ways that, will not only address the current energy challenges we face, but also transform how we all work, learn, and play.
"Xperience Efficiency is a rare chance to see the future of energy management, all in one place," said Ian dela Rosa, country sale manager for the Philippines, Schneider Electric.
"We have a unique opportunity to discuss the very problems we are all trying to solve. And these solutions will deliver energy management, energy access, and business process performance answers right across the energy chain, whether at home, work, across the grid, or in towns and cities," he added.
Participants witnessed a display of innovative solutions, centered on Schneider Electric's concept of Smart City. Positioned as an integrated system aimed to deliver efficiency, livability and sustainability,
Smart City will transform all facets of the urban landscape. As demonstrated at the Xperience Efficiency, the virtuous cycle of the system begins from infrastructure development to improvement of public services and creates a better, more livable place for its community.
Schneider Electric and Xperience Efficiency come at the heels of the country's pressing energy problems, particularly with the 10 hour-rolling blackouts plaguing Davao and the rest of Mindanao.
Due to various power plants shutting down for maintenance, Mindanao has been suffering long hours of no electricity since August. Smart City sets itself as an alternative, and long-term solution to this energy crisis.
"It is important to understand that each city is a unique entity. History, ambition, size, geography, political culture, and economic asset base are all important differentiating factors. Every city is faced with similar challenges but the priorities will vary. In one city, electricity will be a short-term priority because of power blackouts; in another, electricity will be a mid-term one because of rising costs. But there is one ambition: to make every city smarter," said Dela Rosa during the panel discussion.
Xperience Efficiency 2013 kicked-off in June in Washington, D.C. with events in France, United States, China, Colombia, Brazil, Russia and now East Asia including Philippines, to collaborate and share knowledge with customers, partners, industry thought leaders and governments on how to solve today's energy and sustainability challenges. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 11, 2013.