How SNCF implemented an energy management approach for 33,000+ buildings

Elisa Provenzale
DateAugust 3, 2021

French railway group SNCF set itself an ambitious goal: reducing CO2 emissions from its buildings by 50% between 2015 and 2030. To achieve this, the group has adopted an energy management approach for a property portfolio that includes over 33,000 buildings. Read on for a look at the project’s highlights.. 

In launching this bold project, SNCF had 4 objectives: 

  • Outsourcing the collection of environmental data (energy, water)
  • Centralizing all consumption data as part of an energy management approach
  • Finely gauging each building’s energy consumption, to re-invoice local entities as accurately as possible
  • Advancing the group’s goal of cutting its buildings’ CO2 emissions in half by 2030

To this end, SNCF began by collecting different types of data and making them more reliable. Armed with this information, they were then able to optimize contracts and implement a pragmatic energy management approach. 

Now, with automatic load curve analysis done by algorithms, consumption anomalies can be detected as they occur (ex: cases of overconsumption, baseload consumption..), and alerts sent to site managers for quick action. 

The result? 56,000+ alerts were detected on electricity consumption, 13,500+ on water and 7,500+ on gas.

Thanks to this energy management approach, SNCF has achieved:

  • Collection of 700,000+ invoices from 900 water and energy suppliers
  • Automatic collection of energy data from over 30 suppliers
  • Over 20 tariff optimizations for a total of more than €150,000

For a more detailed account of SNCF’s approach and results, download the free use case here!