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schneider electric case study

Reduced Carbon Footprint using e-Learning

Awareness course on Transportation CO2 Emissions


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About the client

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. With its focus on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000 employees are actively commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. Their mission tackles two of the major sustainable development challenges: solving the energy dilemma with green solutions for energy efficiency, the smart grid, and smart cities; providing access to energy to the 1.3 billion people who are still energy deprived today.

Schneider Electric is actively conscious of its responsibility towards the environment. Even though it falls in the low emission zone—it does not release as much carbon emission as other industrial organizations—it still wished to set an example in the reduction of energy consumption by applying its own solutions. Schneider Electric began by defining its new carbon emission reduction targets for the period 2012-2014:

While Schneider Electric's processes to measure CO2emissions and the efforts to bring out measurable changes were in place, they wanted to convert the information into a format which would find an instant appeal among their employees. G-Cube partnered with Schneider Electric to create an interactive training on "Transportation CO2 Emissions." As a solution provider, G-Cube's main responsibility was to understand the subject, collate information about the harmful effects of CO2 emissions and highlight the organization's initiatives to curb it.

Salient Features of the Solution

  • Schneider Electric wanted their training program to be engaging for the learners. They wanted to inculcate a strong connect with the help of real facts and figures to encourage employees to get involved in taking proactive measures to reduce CO2 emissions. Keeping this in mind, G-Cube created a green-initiative course, which was engaging as well as effective. Moving away from a dry and formal approach of content presentation, G-Cube infused the course with graphics, animations and multimedia to invoke a deep sense of responsibility for the environment and a commitment to take accountable measures to curb CO2emissions.
  • The user interface is simple and clean – devoid of any elements that might disturb the calm green-and-white background. Navigation is easy and straightforward, keeping in mind that many employees may be new to the concept of self-paced e-learning.
  • The Introduction shows the course structure – allowing employees to plan and chart their way through the course.
  • A 2D mentor is introduced to 'speak-out' to the employees. Animations, charts and graphs are liberally used, ensuring that even the most complicated topics can be easily explained and retained. All technical tabulated data is converted into charts and graphs, so that the learners can easily assess the environmental changes that have happened over time.
  • Extensive use of animations and multimedia ensured that even the most complicated topics could be easily explained and retained.
  • Questions were added after every concept taught, to provide the required reinforcement of knowledge gained by the learners. A varied array of questions was created – from simple ‘True or False’ and Multiple Choice questions to the interactive drag-and-drop type. This made sure that the employees were suitably challenged and provoked to think about the knowledge gathered.
  • We concluded the course with a comprehensive post-assessment test and certification. While Check-Your-Understanding tests were included at the end of each topic in both the courses, the comprehensive test checked the understanding of the employees with a broader perspective. This strategy ensured that learners go through all the content in the course carefully and get certified in order to work toward Schneider Electric’s goal of meeting 10% reduction in transport CO2 emission.

Solution implemented

  • The delivery of content on the platform's learner interface is designed on the concept of the Windows 8 tile-based interface. This provides a visually attractive and intuitive layout design, which is graphically enhanced and user friendly. The tile interface also kept the UI design clutter-free, allowing for learner-ease with the system.
  • The platform has fifteen tiles in all, with six main tiles including the Classroom, eBook, Collaborate, Twitter, LearnTO, and Checklist.
  • The Classroom tile provides access to classroom sessions assigned to a learner and allows him or her to 'add a course' as per need and the eBook tile allows the learner to download or print classroom notes and reference materials for supplementary reading.
  • The Collaborate tile provides a direct link for the learners to engage with social media forums, wikis, blogs, and discussion boards to create an avenue for collaborative thinking and discussion outside the realm of the classroom. Students can also access Twitter through the application, to talk about their learning experiences and learn from the experiences of others.
  • The Checklist tile provides the learner quick access to reference material in a learner-friendly format.
  • The learner can also access the LearnTO library from the platform, opening an array of short instructional videos for instant support. The availability of the LearnTO videos in the platform helps the learner derive more out of the learning experience. Keeping the videos short and light, it is made sure that they render well on the mobile platform – creating a strong audio-visual connect with the learner.

Benefits

  • The e-learning approach enforced the key rules and worldwide standards regarding measurement of CO² in transportation for all stakeholders across the organization. This aided building of a sense of community on the ‘transport carbon’ topic and unified all to work towards minimizing its harmful effects.
  • The approach also made relevant information available for all in simple and executable messages all across the length and breadth of Schneider Electric. Global offices, which are spread across different geographies and time-zones, could access the course as per their schedules and gain immediate insight.
  • As a direct impact of the course, the employees of Schneider Electric are now more sensitive and concerned about reducing CO2 emission. They are empowered to take informed decisions. As a direct result, Schneider Electric has been able to deduce a 14.8% decrease in CO2 emission in Q4-2012 as opposed to the target of 10% for the period of 2012-2014.
  • This achievement is a huge step toward creating a sustainable model for reducing CO2 emissions. Its success is a testimony to the fact that –by understanding the seriousness of the greenhouse gas emissions and charting a sustainable way to reduce the emissions – it is possible to create a cleaner and greener environment for the generations to come.
  • The success of the model also proves that the same can be built for a number of organizations and industries. With a proper, impactful channel of knowledge delivery and sustained effort of the people, every organization in the world can work toward reducing harmful emissions and saving the environment. Schneider Electric is now working towards creating similar models for its clients, so as to create a global awareness on the issue of CO2 emissions and create a solution for the same.

 



 




  • "Awesome job done by the team!!! It was a great job done by the team on the alpha versions till now. Looking forward to the similar support in other modules that are yet to be sent."
    Karen Arethina | Assistant Manager HR at Cavinkare

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  • "I just wanted to let you know that I am crying right now. Tears of joy! Sections 1-6 look amazing. You did a stellar job and there are only TWO OIL items! One requires an Xpaner to address first before you can proceed. The other is for GCube: Thank you so much! Fantastic work!!!"
    Rene Smid | Account Manager, Xpan

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  • "The intermediate result is very good and it looks like a good support to learn risk assessment and management. You can encourage the team developing the course, it is yet quite impressive."
    Karthikeswaran Velayudam | Program Manager - Learning Solutions, Schneider Electric.

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G-Cube is an award-winning eLearning services company that designs, develops and delivers technology-based learning solutions. Its solutions help organizations to improve their performance by using learning as a tool. Its Learning solutions are broadly categorized into e-Learning Design, Courses Development and Learning Delivery Solutions. G-Cube's elearning services include custom content development, mobile learning.

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