Sustainability: Daimler India to work towards sustainable operations

DICV aims to make it Chennai plant operations 100% CO2 neutral by 2025

By:November 13, 2021 9:28 AM

On Friday, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) made the ‘Seven Statements for Sustainability’, with an aim to reduce carbon footprint and protect local environment.

Satyakam Arya, CEO & MD, DICV, said: “Driving sustainability in our production and operations has been a key focus for DICV since our inception. Our efforts so far have already helped us reach 72% carbon dioxide neutrality in our plant, and we plan to push this to 100% by 2025. We will work continuously towards a sustainable future for our stakeholders and society as a whole. The initial set of goals are a part of DICV’s long-term sustainability plan that will be unveiled in multiple phases, setting a new benchmark for the Indian auto industry.”

At the recent Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, India pledged to increase its installed renewable energy capacity to 500 gigawatts and reduce carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030, as well as achieve ‘net-zero emissions’ by 2070. “As an environmentally-conscious organisation, DICV is also moving forward along a roadmap that helps tackle climate change while spurring economic growth,” DICV said.

In the first phase of the roadmap unveiling, the company, on Friday, announced its goals for sustainability in operations, laying out initiatives planned to 2025 and beyond. DICV’s ‘Seven Statements for Sustainability’ are as follows:

Statement 1: Make DICV operations 100% CO2 neutral by 2025 by:

—More than doubling the amount of captive solar power generated along with buying wind based power and bagasse-based green cogeneration;

—Changing all internal shuttles to electric vehicles.

Statement 2: Aiming to make entire value chain CO2 neutral by 2047 by:

—Conducting awareness campaigns for dealers/suppliers and supporting them in this transition;

—Sharing best practices and benchmarking KPIs for partners.

Statement 3: Increase green cover density of Chennai plant by at least 10% by 2025 by:

—Planting mini forests of native trees and increasing bio-diversity;

—Planting an additional 2,000 trees using organic farming methods.

Statement 4: Reduce energy consumption of production shop by at least 8% by 2025 by:

—Upgrading all lighting to LEDs;

—Installing more efficient motors and using IoT devices to optimize usage of equipment like chillers and compressors.

Statement 5: Reduce water consumption by 30%, aiming for 100% water self-reliance at the plant by 2025 by:

—Conserving use of water by smart flow metering arrangements;

—Reusing effluent water generated from operations in paint shop manufacturing process.

Statement 6: Continuously reduce waste generated from operations by:

—Increasing usage of bio-degradable plastic in packaging process up to 50% by 2025;

—Using only biodegradable packaging material for all internal distributions (employee handouts, etc).

Statement 7: Contribute to betterment of nearby villages and societies:

—Improving drinking water facilities and installing solar lighting in community around Oragadam;

—Educating children on environmental sustainability and facilitating health camps in nearby villages.

Since the establishment of its manufacturing plant in Chennai, DICV has systematically implemented sustainability initiatives at every level. These include the installation of an energy-generation plant with over 10,000 polycrystalline solar power panels (compensates for around 3,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions/year) and a storage pond that holds more than 60,000 kilolitres. The plant itself is home to more than 17,000 trees and adheres to strict reuse/reduce/replace policies as part of its certification for ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems). These measures contributed to the company winning the ‘Best Energy Efficient Organisation’ award from the Confederation of Indian Industry in this year’s CII National Energy Efficiency Circle Competition.

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