SMART ENERGY USE IN INDIA: PEER LEARNING AT MAHINDRA VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS LTD, CHAKAN

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13 December 2019
MVML team explaining the chiller system to the participants

It may not be immediately obvious what the world’s biggest technology, cement and beauty companies have in common. But when it comes to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and boosting the bottom line, smart energy use is a win-win for any major business.

The Climate Group recently convened leading Indian companies and multinationals for a study tour of Mahindra’s Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd. (MVML)’s plant in Chakan near Pune, India, to hear how the company is putting energy efficiency at the heart of its business growth strategy.

Attendees included energy managers and experts from ACC Limited, Alfa Laval, Godrej & Boyce Mfg, Hindalco Industries, JK Cement, K Raheja Corp, L’Oreal, Marico, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Tech Mahindra.

MVML was one of the first companies to join The Climate Group’s EP100 initiative in 2016, committing to double its energy productivity by 2041. Its Chakan manufacturing facility is one of the largest greenfield automotive plants in the country, with state-of-the-art technology that covers more than 700 acres.

Participants gather for a presentation on energy efficient fans

The plant has seen an impressive 40% energy productivity improvement over the last three years, after introducing measures such as advanced valves for vacuum-gripping systems, online monitoring for compressed air, and acrylic copolymer membrane-coated roofs reducing temperatures by as much as 13˚C.

Participants heard how high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fans have reduced energy consumption and also reduced noise, significantly improving working conditions for employees.

“The leadership’s commitment to sustainable business has been implemented as a crucial part of employees’ Key Result Areas and KPIs”, explained Anand Marathe, Deputy General Manager Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra.

“Organizing brainstorming sessions within teams to continually innovate on energy efficiency, rewarding top performers, and celebrating successful projects, are some of the ways Mahindra Group has included employees at each level to drive energy efficiency measures across departments and plants.”

During an expert lecture on the factory tour, Shailesh Patil, Associate General Manager, Schneider Electric, highlighted the role of digitalization: “In most cases, monitoring energy use and adopting a data-driven approach to energy management creates a potential of 5-10% energy savings simply through increased visibility of energy use.”

While the first half of the day focused on technology interventions, the second centred on addressing the barriers to implementing smart energy initiatives. K.N. Rao, Director-Sustainability, ACC Cement, said, “Each plant should strive to innovate and catch-up with best-in-class industry benchmarks, while the benchmarks should be reviewed and made more ambitious over time to continue spurring innovation,” – a view that resonated with all participants.

The group heard how Energy Service Company (ESCO) models can deliver immediate pay back on energy efficiency investments, generating a pool of money to be re-invested into the next round of improvements.

Leading businesses like MVML understand that energy efficiency improvements across the private sector reduce costs, energy use and emissions at a company level, while adding enormous value to global GDP.

Sharing knowledge and learnings with peers makes it easier for businesses to learn about latest technological advancements and best practices. Through EP100, The Climate Group is committed to fostering collaboration and peer learning to accelerate energy productivity improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

With the EP100 initiative, The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy brings together a growing group of energy-smart companies committed to improving their energy productivity and doing more with less. Read more in the EP100 Progress and Insights Report 2019.

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