State-run and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has collaborated with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M Ltd) to replace 1.5 lakh incandescent bulbs to LEDs in 18 manufacturing facilities in India. This collaboration is EESL’s first private sector engagement to promote energy efficient appliances in a working space and is aimed at encouraging private sector to adopt EE appliances.
The installation of LED lighting will save 20 million units of electricity per annum. Mahindra has made an investment of Rs 16 crore in this project. Technical assistance, cost efficient procurement and project management services for this project across all Mahindra facilities have been provided by EESL.
In addition, energy audits are being undertaken in six manufacturing facilities of Mahindra to explore further energy saving opportunities which include waste heat recovery, energy efficient motors and heating, ventilating & air-conditioning (HVAC), etc. EESL will also help Mahindra in the training and capacity building of its employees to use the new energy efficient equipment and adopt efficient practice to conserve energy. Under the aegis of this programme EESL will enable Mahindra to manage its energy needs efficiently and affordably.
Meanwhile, EESL through its buildings energy efficiency program, can assist government and other public and private stakeholders to overcome technical barriers to adopt energy efficiency. The process starts with EESL undertaking walk-through energy audits of a building complex to develop techno-commercially feasible energy efficiency measures (EEMs) on a lump-sum fee basis.
After the energy audits, EESL provides technical and/or financial support to the building owner for project implementation. Many government buildings have already adopted EE appliances and among them EESL has completed retrofitting in buildings such as PWD Maharashtra, NITI Ayog, Nirman Bhawan, Sardar Patel Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, J&K Assembly, Jammu Secretariat, Vidyut Bhawan, and Rajiv Chowk Metro station, which is resulting in huge energy savings.
Mahindra became the first company in the world to commit to doubling energy productivity by 2030. It has also committed to invest $10 per tonne of carbon emitted in technologies to reduce its carbon footprint. The partnership with EESL will go a long way in fulfilling these commitments.
That said, Mahindra’s impact on sustainability goes beyond energy efficiency. It is a water positive corporation harnessing more than 12 times the water consumed by the entire Mahindra Group through its micro-irrigation business and watershed development programs. Only 12 per cent of the waste it generates goes to landfills and it aims to become a zero waste to landfill organization. Mahindra’s Igatpuri plant is already India’s first and the world’s second site to be certified zero waste to landfill. Mahindra’s investments in green businesses like electric cars and micro-irrigation are helping take sustainability beyond the boundaries of its physical locations.