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      Schneider Electric, partner in Princess Elisabeth Research Station

      This polar station is the first "zero-emissions" research station in the world.
      Designed and built by the International Polar Foundation and its technical partners, the station will produce zero carbon emissions. It uses only renewable energies (solar energy and wind energy).

      The Group, a principal partner of the station, is supplying all of the electrical distribution and management systems for the building, which will be operational for the Antarctic season beginning in November 2008.

      This is the second time that Schneider Electric has been associated with the International Polar Foundation (IPF), which since the beginning of 2007 has been taking part in its private "Salon Initiatives" events that mirror the Group's commitment to energy efficiency.

      More than ever, Schneider Electric is directing its efforts to ensure that it is its customers' key partner when it comes to energy efficiency. The Group's purchasing policy, research and development process and marketing effort are today broadly developed with this objective in mind. This approach is applied more specifically to its customers, who as part of the Kyoto accords must reduce their CO2 emissions. This is consistent with the Group's other areas of responsibility, in particular its commitments to reduce energy consumption on its own sites and also to promote access to energy for all via its Foundation.

      A few figures

       > Station
      • Annual duration of occupation: 4 months (November to February)
      • Maximum capacity: 20 people
      • Expected life: 25 years minimum

       > Location

      • Position: 71°57’ S, 23°20’ E
      • Distance from the coast: 190 km
      • Distance from the nearest base: 500 km