|Become water positive
|Progress (March 23)
|Reduced specific water consumption by 46%
We aspire to achieve a status of net zero carbon emissions. This means balancing a measured amount of carbon that is released into the environment with an equivalent amount offset
Water positivity means returning to the planet more water than we consume while manufacturing our products. We are aiming to achieve water positivity by implementing the 3R strategy of reduce, reuse
We are working to reduce hazardous and solid waste generation, increase recycling of waste, and ensure that the waste generated at our sites is not sent to landfill
We are reducing the energy consumed to manufacture each unit of our products by 50 per cent, through process re-engineering, energy conservation and
We are reducing the energy consumed to manufacture each unit of our products by 70 per cent, through process re-engineering, energy conservation and efficiency projects
Chemical business is an energy intensive business. All our processes are aligned to improve energy efficiency that helps us in our goal to reduce specific energy and in turn our overall carbon footprint. Our flagship manufacturing plant Valia site is ISO 50001:2018 certified and our Ambernath Plant is now Responsible Care Certified. . We constantly invest in new and innovative green technologies. One such example is the heat recovery unit in our sulphonation plant.
Our energy conservation initiatives include using effective and resource efficient processes, equipment and technologies. Our initiatives of replacing Natural gas-based air Heater with steam-based Heater and High-Pressure Heat exchanger in FSP which led to Feed rate increased by 33% to 200 MT/Day.
Also streamlined capacity of pumps, compressors, motors, cooling towers and other systems to improve system efficiency. Moreover, we have commissioned energy efficient screw blower in place of conventional lobe blower in one of our detergent plants.
To increase our renewable energy portfolio, we utilize manufacturing by-products in energy production, use biomass briquettes, and solar energy.
Our Valia and Ambernath plants also fulfill their energy requirements through their solar rooftop installations, of 315 KWp and 189 KWp respectively. From October 2020, we started getting power from our wind turbines to our GIL Ambernath manufacturing plant. We have installed our Cogeneration plant to reduce our dependency on fossil fuel and to fulfil our complete electricity requirement through it apart from steam generation.
In 2022-23, close to 68 % of energy we consumed has been derived from renewable sources.
Both our manufacturing sites at Valia and Ambernath are zero liquid discharge facilities (ZLD). We treat wastewater in our water treatment plants and reuse the same in our process. We have also reduced our dependency on freshwater consumption by installing condensate recovery systems and reusing the water in the process. Recently, our Valia plant has installed fourth stage in reverse osmosis plant of 20 m3/hr, which shall help to reduce our freshwater consumption even more.
The four watershed projects at the Group level ensures that we’re a water positive Group company. The watersheds are implemented in regions that are dependent on agriculture, and the resultant higher water table ensures year-round cropping. The projects cover over 12,000 ha of land and help restore the ecological balance of the region. We captured over 23 million m3 in FY21-22 that over 7x of our water usage across Godrej Industries Group companies
Water is a primal part of our operations and one of our key material aspects. We continually evaluate and implement innovative projects to reduce specific water consumption and to recycle and reuse water.
Our BacComber project is unique in saving water as well as energy. The system compromises of electromagnetism and ionisation process to treat water with no added chemicals. Its effective in controlling bacteria, algae & slime, corrosion and scale formation. It has higher cycle of concentration than conventional system and saves energy with better controlling scale
We conducted a detailed water audit in Valia aligned with our goals. We identified and attended various leakages.
Moreover, we have done a study of IOT server for smart water metering in plant, and the project is under evaluation.
We ensure a conscious use of materials and manufacturing processes that produces minimal waste. We are conscious about our plastic waste and In the reporting year, we processed 100% of the plastic waste we put out as per EPR (Extended producer responsibility) compliance.
Our team brainstormed and changed the bleacher regeneration process which led in reduction in the final spent activated carbon generation. In line with our vision to become world class manufacturing plant we started our journey of 5S in our manufacturing facilities in FY20 and in the reporting year, our Valia Plant got 5S certified and now our Ambernath Plant is under way of Implementation of 5S at workplace. We reduced wastage of wooden pallets via repairing and reusing them in the plant. We have also presented 5S case studies in Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI) competition & other national and international competitions and have bagged 21 awards in quality control in quality control circles