Podcast: Beyond the scope of climate commitments

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Beyond the Scope is a new sustainability podcast series from Schneider Electric that brings together sustainability experts and influencers to offer insightful viewpoints on the solutions and decarbonization pathways that lie ahead.

This series of sustainability podcasts goes beyond the obvious in favor of positive, collective climate action and draws on insights from the Schneider ElectricTM Sustainability Research Institute.

In the first episode of the podcast series, host Sumit Bose, journalist, broadcaster and founder of future Net Zero, is joined by political expert, Jeannie Salo, SVP of US Government Relations, and expert in sustainable development, Vincent Petit, head of the Schneider Institute for research on sustainable development ElectricTM.

Sumit, Jeannie and Vincent discuss the real impact of post-COP26 climate commitments, ways to accelerate the energy transition and how public-private partnerships play a key role in it.

Collective action for the climate

We are at a point in history where there is an unprecedented amount of investment and motivation to limit global warming. This is evident in how countries updated their pledges and commitments at COP26 and how the Biden administration is paying close attention to climate.

Younger generations are also mobilizing as climate activists who truly care about the environment, which in turn influences policy. The journey to 1.5°C by 2050 requires all of us to act together. The fight against climate change is too much for businesses and governments to handle alone.

Decarbonization solutions exist today

The decarbonization solutions we need already exist, as highlighted in the decarbonization scenario, Back to 2050, from the Schneider ElectricTM Sustainability Research Institute. There is no need to wait for new innovations, we should deploy the technology we have at scale and faster.

The report also found that current climate research does not take energy demand sufficiently into account. Encouraging changes in energy consumption patterns will also be an important part of reducing emissions and limiting global warming.


Jeannie Salo, Vice President of Government Relations at Schneider Electric

Jeannie Salo is Vice President of Government Relations at Schneider Electric, where she leads government relations policy and advocacy strategies for the United States, Mexico and Canada. In her role, Jeannie regularly engages with government officials, regulators, industry associations, think tanks and embassies to advance the economic recovery and modernization plan that includes more efficient, resilient, digital and sustainable energy infrastructure. . Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Jeannie held leadership positions in the federal government, US Congress and the private sector.

Jeannie led the work on international corporate strategy and international government affairs at Eli Lilly & Company. She served in the United States Senate as Senior Foreign Relations Advisor and Constituent Business Liaison. She served in the US State Department as a senior foreign affairs officer on regional policy and security affairs. Throughout her career, Jeannie has trained and prepared the Secretary of State, U.S. Senators, multiple Congressional delegations, and CEOs, advising them on politics, politics, and public relations. Jeannie lives in Washington, DC with her husband and four children, where they team up to put family first while pursuing individual career goals. Jeannie earned her master’s degree from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Vincent Petit, Head of the Schneider Electric™ Sustainability Research Institute and SVP Strategy Prospective & External Affairs

Vincent had a diverse 20-year career at Schneider Electric. Since 2017, he has taken on the role of developing global thought leadership and perspective on the energy transition. He directs the Schneider Electric™ Sustainability Research Institute. From 2015 to 2017, Vincent led the global Energy Automation business, a business focused on Smart Grid technologies and comprised of a diverse team specializing in all geographies, including marketing, research and development and operations. .

From 2011 to 2014, he led Solutions business operations for the CIS region, including Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Previously, he held several positions in the management of international projects and the development of the global offer. Vincent is the author of 4 books: “The age of fire is over: a new approach to the energy transition” published in 2021, “The future of the world order: the six paradigm shifts that will define 2050” in 2021, “The New World of Utilities: A Historic Transition to a New Energy System” in 2018, and “The Energy Transition: An Overview of the Real Challenge of the 21st Century” in 2017. He is a graduate of the Supéléc engineering school and the University of Texas. in Austin, USA in 2001, with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Where to find Beyond Reach

You can listen to Schneider Electric’s Beyond the Scope podcast on all major podcast directories: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Stitcher.

Learn more about research reports conducted by the Schneider Electric™ Sustainability Research Institute on Insights.

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