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By MT Bureau| Feb 17, 2021

Ashok Leyland Steps Up to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint By 60 Percent

Ashok Leyland announced it has increased its clean energy sourcing to reduce carbon footprint. 75 percent of its energy consumption in Tamil Nadu and 60 percent throughout India is obtained via solar and wind-based renewable energy sources.

Hinduja Group’s sustainable and clean energy wing Hinduja Renewables has built a solar plant for the company in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. The plant has a capacity of 75MWp and is expected to generate an annual power of over 120 million units.

Work on the solar plant started in May 2020 through Prathama Solarconnect Energy Pvt. Ltd. A fixed tilt mounting arrangement is used for peak energy production during all time. Ashok Leyland has been relentless with its sustainability drive with many successful initiates.  The company’s headquarters in Chennai was recently awarded LEED Platinum building certificate. Today, all plants have rainwater harvesting systems and recycle all waste to avoid it going to the landfill. Leyland’s robotic cleaning technology at the solar plant is expected to conserve around nine million litres of water annually.

Talking about the milestone, Shom Hinduja, President, Alternative Energy and Sustainability Initiatives, said, “Sustainability is paramount to us at the Hinduja Group. Hinduja Renewables was set up to be the bridge between nations and companies to achieve their sustainability targets. This project will enable Ashok Leyland to significantly reduce its carbon footprint, thereby helping it achieve its sustainability goals”.

Commenting on the achievement, Vipin Sondhi, MD and CEO, Ashok Leyland, said, “As we march towards our vision of being among the Top 10 Global CV Makers, it is equally important that we do this sustainably. Ensuring that our energy requirements come from renewables, is a critical part of this vision. With the start of operations of the Vepancolum Solar Plant, we have taken a massive leap in reducing our carbon footprint – of the total energy requirement, we will achieve renewable energy consumption of 75% in Tamil Nadu and 60% throughout India”. (MT)

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