Mahindra Heavy Engines Limited (MHEL), part of Mahindra Group, has announced it has doubled its energy productivity 21 years ahead of its 2041 target.
MHEL is one of 72 members of EP100, The Climate Group’s global initiative with the Alliance to Save Energy for energy-smart companies doing more with less to lower emissions and boost the bottom line. MHEL is the first member from India to double its energy productivity, and the third company to do so from the global membership. Eight members are headquartered in India.
MHEL joined EP100 in 2018, committing to double its energy productivity by 2041 from a 2016 baseline. The company has undergone significant work towards improving its energy management, taking a comprehensive approach that has involved technology upgrades, behavioral changes, and process modifications. This has included:
Energy efficient lighting, with a 30% reduction in lighting power consumption
Smart metering for real time monitoring of energy consumption
energy audits where major opportunities for savings are identified,including installations of variable frequency drive (VFD) motor controllers and timer-based machine operations
Benefits have included:
A more than doubling of capacity per shift thanks to production line improvements
Engine test time reduced from 20 minutes to 1.5 minutes per test cycle, which reduces fuel consumption per test by 90%.
Commenting on the achievement, Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group, said, “Congratulations to Mahindra Heavy Engines Limited on doubling their energy productivity well ahead of their target year. By integrating smarter energy use into their business strategy, they are driving down greenhouse gas emissions while boosting the bottom line.”
He added, “MHEL is the first EP100 member from India to achieve this ambitious goal and is leading by example. We hope the news will inspire many more companies to join the initiative and accelerate a clean economy.”
Vijay Kalra, CEO - Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd. & Chief Manufacturing Operation, Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. said, “Energy productivity improvement can bring about an array of direct and indirect impacts that collectively help in ensuring the sustainability quotient of a business. The EP100 journey has enabled Mahindra to reduce costs, drive innovation and support the environment. Doubling energy productivity in a short span time is a feat that we are very proud of.”
Find out more about how EP100 members are making smarter use of energy in the EP100 Progress and Insights Report 2019.