Schneider Electric has announced a minority investment in Planon Beheer B.V. (“Planon”). Subject to normal regulatory and legal approvals, the deal will extend Schneider’s unique digital building lifecycle software offering, increase its market penetration and enhance the value and sustainability profiles of building assets.

Schneider Electric and Planon will jointly collaborate on innovation to deliver a suite of software and services to digitise the building lifecycle for both existing and new buildings. This will improve building sustainability, operational efficiency, and wellbeing for multiple customers in the government, education, real estate, healthcare, finance, data centers and insurance sectors.

The integration of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure energy management platform and Planon’s enterprise-scale solutions will extend their reach across multi-vendor operating platforms to millions of connected assets and transform built environments from passive, costly assets into safe, sustainable and resilient buildings.

Philippe Delorme, executive vice-president of energy management and a member of the executive committee at Schneider Electric, said: “We are delighted to join forces with Planon, enhancing our digital expertise and offers available to customers across all our buildings and datacenters markets striving for lifecycle and operational efficiency. With an estimated 90% of our time spent indoors, buildings of the future need to be sustainable, hyper-efficient, resilient, and people focused. The Covid-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to this shift: buildings must support business resiliency. Schneider Electric is committed to playing a central role in the creation of the sustainable and resilient buildings of the future.”

Pierre Guelen, Planon’s founder and CEO, commented: “We are very excited about this investment by Schneider Electric, which will be bring tremendous benefits to our customers, partners, as well as to our company. Schneider Electric brings building operating technology to our solution portfolio with a global reach and unparalleled customer and partner relationships. We share a common vision on the digital transformation of the entire building lifecycle and its contribution to creating healthy, sustainable, efficient data-driven buildings and provide building users with a personalised workplace experience. Schneider Electric’s support will accelerate the impact of our solutions on the global market.”