Renault Nissan India Aiming For Carbon Neutrality By 2045

Mobility Outlook Bureau
22 Feb 2024
02:38 PM
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A pivotal component of RNAIPL's green energy strategy is its in-house solar plant, boasting a capacity of 2.2 MW with plans for expansion to 14 MW shortly.

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Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL) has emerged as a frontrunner in the pursuit of sustainable manufacturing practices, marking a significant milestone in its journey towards carbon neutrality. Based in Oragadam, Chennai, the automotive manufacturer has reported a commendable uptick in its usage of green energy for operational needs during the latter half of 2023, underscoring its unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship.

Throughout the six months spanning from July to December 2023, RNAIPL consistently leveraged over 85% green energy to power its operations, with a notable peak in September where 100% of its energy requirements were met through renewable sources. This achievement not only highlights the company's dedication to reducing its carbon footprint but also positions it as a role model in the automotive industry's transition towards sustainable practices.

Keerthi Prakash, Managing Director of RNAIPL, reiterated the company's steadfast pledge to sustainability, stating, 'RNAIPL is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations. Our latest milestone, with an average use of 85% green energy in the latter half of 2023, underscores our dedication to sustainability and our broader goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.'

The company's approach towards sustainable operations revolves around three key pillars: increasing the share of green energy in its energy mix, enhancing energy efficiency, and embracing energy-efficient technologies. RNAIPL's energy portfolio encompasses a diverse range of renewable sources including solar, wind, and bagasse/cogen power, with plans underway to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The company sources green power from external suppliers across Tamil Nadu, tapping into the region's abundant wind and solar resources.

In September 2023, RNAIPL achieved a noteworthy milestone by operating entirely on green power, with wind farms contributing 49% of the total energy, followed by bagasse/cogen power at 30% and solar power, including contributions from the in-house solar plant, making up the remaining 21%.

Beyond its focus on renewable energy, RNAIPL is actively engaged in various sustainability initiatives, including water management through rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling. The company aims to achieve water-positive status by 2030, whereby it will return more water to the environment than it extracts.

Furthermore, RNAIPL is committed to reducing energy consumption in its manufacturing processes, with targets set to achieve a 20% reduction in energy required per vehicle by 2030, followed by a further 30% reduction by 2045.

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