- Three pillared sustainability strategy saves 87,500 tons of Co2 emissions every year
- Automotive manufacturer will be water positive by 2030
- Working towards 85% renewable energy to make cars by 2030, 100% by 2045.
- Plant has already initiated campaign to replace banned single use plastic items with eco-friendly alternatives
Chennai — Ahead of World Environment Day 2023, Renault Nissan Automotive Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL) has announced that it is making strong progress towards its 2045 Carbon Neutrality goal unveiled in February this year and that it will be crossing several important sustainability milestones by the year 2030.
RNAIPL's carbon neutrality roadmap encompasses three key pathways: Increasing the share of green energy in the overall mix, aggressively improving efficiencies in energy usage and continuous adoption of energy efficient technology at its Oragadam, plant. The strategy has already allowed the automaker to cutdown the equivalent of 87,500 tons of CO2 emissions every year as of FY 2022-23.
Keerthi Prakash, Managing Director of RNAIPL, commented: "At RNAIPL, our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility is imprinted in everything we do. We have set ourselves on an ambitious roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2045 and this goal underlies our drive towards utilization of more green energy, optimization of energy consumption and upgrading our technology. RNAIPL is a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability actions within the global network of manufacturing facilities within the Renault Nissan Alliance and we aim to further consolidate this position not only within the Alliance, but also within the industry."
"RNAIPL is also committed to shaping a more sustainable future for our communities and a number of our Corporate Social Responsibility programmes work towards this goal, including our ambitious project to rejuvenate water bodies. We are shaping a future where our actions today define the legacy we leave for generations to come," he further added.
Powering plant operations with more green energy
RNAIPL currently sources close to 60% of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar, biomass and wind. Taking its clean energy commitment further, the plant will expand its in-house solar plant capacity from 2.2MW to 14MW through additional installation of rooftop solar panels and innovative floating solar panels on the plant's pond by 2026. By leveraging renewable energy sources, RNAIPL is working towards meeting 85% of the plant's energy needs with renewable power by 2030, and transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Water Positive by 2030
Already acknowledged as the plant that is least dependent on external water sources in the global Renault Nissan Alliance thanks to its rainwater harvesting and water recycling infrastructure, RNAIPL is set to become water-positive by 2030. RNAIPL currently meets 85% of its total water needs from its rainwater harvesting ponds developed within the premises. The plant is also a Zero Discharge plant, recycling and reusing wastewater for industrial process and a variety of uses including gardening. RNAIPL plans to further enhance water efficiency through upgraded plumbing designs, water audits, and stringent monitoring, and is targeting a 21% reduction in water use by 2030 as compared to FY 2022-23 levels.
Within the community, in addition to the 10 lakes and ponds that it has already committed to rejuvenate, RNAIPL will further explore opportunities to create new water bodies and will also build direct groundwater recharging pits to improve water tables in what is a water stressed region. Supplemented with its tree planting initiatives, these actions will enable RNAIPL to facilitate return of more water into the environment than it consumes for its operations, becoming water positive by 2030.
Alternatives to single use plastic
Over the last few years, RNAIPL has already been working on a set of initiatives to replace single use plastic items from within the plant with eco-friendly alternatives as per norms laid out by the government. The company also conducts regular employee campaigns to increase awareness on the drawbacks and environmental harm caused by use of single use plastic.
Plant-wide energy efficiency initiatives
Since the start of car production in FY 2010, the plant has achieved a remarkable 36% reduction in energy use. It has achieved this impressive result through a series of plant-wide conservation techniques and technology upgrades.
Some of these initiatives include the following:
- Intelligent flow controllers for air compressor systems to reduce energy consumption saving 800 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
- Upgrading shop infrastructure with LED lighting
- Implementation of zero energy days and close monitoring of energy consumption on other holidays
- Standardized stickering of equipment across the plant for optimal use and energy conservation
- Upgrading to energy efficient equipment such as BLDC Blowers, Compact Ejectors, VFD for Pumps and Motors
- Installation of water source heat pump as an alternative to LPG based hot water generator at the Paint shop and using both the hot and cold water (byproduct) for industrial processes resulting in 6% reduction of Co2 emissions.
By 2030, the plant aims to reduce the amount of energy required to manufacture a car by 20% (as compared to 2019 energy baseline) and reduce this further by 30% by 2045.
By implementing its comprehensive roadmap, RNAIPL is confident of achieving its 2030 sustainability goals, setting it on course to reach carbon neutrality by 2045. The plant's commitment to energy and resource reduction, renewable energy integration, and technological advancements will continue to position RNAIPL as a leading player in sustainable manufacturing.
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Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL), the first dedicated Alliance plant globally, started operations in 2010. The plant is spread over 600 acres in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. RNAIPL caters to both domestic and export market requirements for Renault and Nissan. Since its start, more than 2.4m Renault and Nissan vehicles have been manufactured at the plant, with vehicles exported to 108 countries. In that time Renault and Nissan have invested $1.8 billion towards the Indian economy and created direct and indirect employment and skilling opportunities for over 70,000 workers.
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