As a part of its commitment towards climate change initiatives, Company is monitoring a “Greening Index” consisting of carbon footprint, greening the premises, reduction in hazardous waste & solvent losses and water conservation. In line with this, the Company is constantly improving the greening index of its product portfolio. This is only possible by improving sustainable behaviors of all our employees, a key driver of our sustainability initiatives and volunteering in CSR initiatives.
In last couple of years few noticeable areas where company has shown a marked improvement includes reduction in water foot print by recycling of water in manufacturing units, reduction of energy consumption thereby reduction in carbon foot-printing, use of renewable source of energy, process safety and behavioral safety standards, Green Building at Its Dahej Unit with ISO-50001 etc. In the current year, Company has successfully completed its big bet to become water neutral by further reducing the water footprint and expanding rain water harvesting in villages, extensive use of Solar lights, installing integrated project (Solar + Wind) in one of the village near Navi Mumbai, one more green building work in progress at Ankleshwar unit, few more water based formulations, planting 13000 saplings etc.
Successful completion of Solar Project “Sunshine”: A milestone in our Journey to Sustainable Energy.
This initiative is part of our Long term Sustainability plan of “50 % Power generation using renewable source of energy”. In this direction Rallis has begun to invest in usage of renewable energy as a suppliant to conventional energy being consumed across the factories. We have set up a 4.4 MWp Solar Power Plant at Dahej that established connectivity with national grid on 24th December 2015 at the hands of then Chairman Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan in the presence of Mr. Anil Sardana, Chairman of Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. (TPSS), Mr. V. Shankar, CEO & Managing Director and Mr. Ashish Khanna, CEO of TPSS. The project was completed in 70 working days with TPSS as the EPC contractor for the generation side & M/s. Shrinathji Electricals for switch yard, substation and evacuation line under advice by Tata Power Ltd.
Entire power generated from this project, “Sunshine”, will be for captive consumption at Ankleshwar and Dahej units. Hence, the power evacuation will be at 11/66KV and wheeled to the respective DISCOMS through Long Term Open Access agreement with Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited. Based on the climatic stimulation data, “Sunshine” is expected to generate around 7.5 million Units per annum.
Even though economic benefits may not commensurate to the spending, commitment of Rallis to sustainability factors is paramount in this endeavor. It is also a humble contribution to the commitment of government of India to generate 100 GW of solar power out of the total of 175GW of renewable energy by 2020.