Emissions Effluents and Waste
Products and services
Maruti Suzuki recognizes global warming and climate changes as global issues, the effects of which are of concern both for the environment and human life.
The challenge faced by the society is how to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Maruti Suzuki strongly believes that an investment in environment friendly products and manufacturing facilities is in the best interest of the society as well as the business. The last 25 years of our journey has reinforced the belief that environment friendly initiatives make products more acceptable to customers and help Maruti Suzuki grow profitably in every sphere.
Since Maruti Suzuki started operations, conserving environment and natural resources has been an integral part of our systems and processes. The concept of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" (3R's) has been our driving principle. This three pronged strategy or the 3 R's has been promoted in all our manufacturing facilities, supply chain and logistics operations.
Maruti Suzuki also follows the Philosophy of "Smaller, Fewer, Lighter, Shorter and Neater". This Philosophy has helped Maruti Suzuki in optimal utilization of resources and cost savings.
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Maruti Suzuki is conscious of the limited availability of natural resources and its responsibility to use them judiciously.
Maruti Suzuki has taken various initiatives to reduce material consumption. Yield improvement is one such activity.
At the injection moulding plant at Manesar, the rejected moulded bumpers are further granulated and reprocessed to new bumpers which are in keeping with the concept of the 3 R's ( Reduce, Recycle, Reuse).. As a result there is yield improvement of castings, and mouldings
The suppliers are also involved in the yield improvement activities and share our own best practices with them for better resource utilization, cost reduction and productivity improvement. Maruti Suzuki engineers guide them on how to adopt better operating practices, improve operating efficiency, increase automation, introduce advance control systems, minimize scrap and increase capacity utilization.
Marui Suzuki owns captive power plants to meet its power requirements. The power generated is also shared with JV partners located in the vicinity of the plant.
Maruti Suzuki consciously adopts energy efficient technologies at the time of new project planning and existing equipments are modified to reduce energy consumption.
Some initiatives taken by Maruti Suzuki
Energy Efficient Furnaces in Casting Plant
Maruti Suzuki has installed State of the art energy efficient furnaces at its newly built K-series casting engine plant in Gurgaon. In these furnaces, the waste heat generated from the melting furnace is used to preheat Aluminum ingots thus improving energy efficiency.
Use of Variable Frequency Drivers in painting Booths has cut down energy consumption
Rationalisation of natural gas input by installation of air fogger in gas turbines
Energy efficient lightings
Down sizing and commonisation of electrical motors
Environment friendly concepts have been integrated not just in the engines but in buildings as well. As in the new K-series engine casting shop. The shop has practically eliminated the use of electric lights in the shop floor during day time. Such initiatives conceived of building design have helped in reduction of energy requirements and GHG emissions.
Similarly, Maruti Suzuki's new corporate office and brand centre at Vasant Kunj are designed considering the green building concept and Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC). Following are the main features of the building:
Solar lighting system for landscape and basement lighting,
Energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lighting and fans.
VFD for motors to optimize power consumption.
Double layered glass wall to reduce heat penetration inside the building
Thermal insulation of roof etc.
Maruti Suzuki is conscious about their responsibility towards water conservation. Maruti Suzuki aims towards 100% recycling of water waste. Through concerted efforts, Maruti Suzuki has achieved zero waste water discharge status since 2003-04 at its Gurgaon facility.
The various initiatives for water conservation at Gurgaon plant are replicated at Maruti Suzuki's other locations.
Rainwater harvesting facility at Maruti Suzuki's corporate office and Driving Institute.
Other initiatives are
Installation of closed cycle cooling towers to minimize water loss due to evaporation.
Recovery of de-mineralised water and industrial waste used in paint shops.
Installation of solenoid valves across Maruti Suzuki to regulate optimum water flow.
Rationalisation of water spray in paint shops.
Review of bath change frequency in the paint shops.
Use of JIT principle for supply of water in various processes e,g sensors installed in the vehicle cleaning process in paint shop, to prevent wastage of water.
Emissions Effluents and Waste
Maruti Suzuki is a zero waste discharge company. The major sources of air emissions in the manufacturing process are power generation and furnace operations in the casting shop. Maruti Suzuki has installed clean fuel based captive gas turbines for power generation and
conditions. The waste heat of the gases from the gas turbine is used for the generation of steam and compressed air. The steam requirement in manufacturing process is met without any additional power.
In keeping with the 3R concept, solid waste such as metal scrap, glass etc is sold to approved recyclers and reusers. The hazardous waste like the paint sludge is incinerated and the others are stored in secured landfills. These landfills comply to all necessary environment regulations.
Products and services
Maruti Suzuki is concerned about the environment and is keenly working towards enhancing the fuel efficiency and minimizing the CO2 emission of its products.
Some of the initiatives taken by Maruti Suzuki towards the same
Fuel Efficient Cars
Maruti Suzuki is making all its efforts towards improving the fuel efficiency of its cars. The efforts to improve fuel efficiency lead to reduction in usage of raw material, consumables etc. The engineers also work on engine modifications and body weight reductions with a view to increase efficiency. New technologies in the brake system are evolved to make Maruti Suzuki cars more fuel efficient.
K-series Engine Technology
The new K - series light weight aluminum engine, has been designed to be an environment friendly and a fuel efficient engine. The K-series engine plant uses state of the art technology and energy efficient equipments to manufacture engines that save fuel, thereby protecting the environment.
The K-series engine introduced in the A - star is a significant initiative towards offering the latest technology to our customers.. The K108 engine, mounted on 'A- star', brings environment friendly technologies of the future to the Indian automobile market. The K-series engine is progressively being introduced in other Maruti Suzuki models.
The global compact car from India, 'A - star' is positioned as an environment friendly car in Europe. This is a world strategic model of Maruti Suzuki and the most fuel efficient car of Maruti Suzuki. The 'A - Star' has been conceived and designed keeping in mind aspirations of the urban economy conscious customers, who seek fuel efficient, high quality vehicles. It meets the European ELV norms, which implies that 85% of the car is recyclable. The vehicle is produced in over 100 variants and sold in over 50 countries.
Maruti Suzuki has initiated alternate means of transportation through railways, in order to reduce GHG emissions during transportation of finished cars. This initiation has been taken in participation with Indian Railways. Double decker rail wagons have been developed for transporting export cars from Manesar (Haryana) manufacturing facility to Mundra Port.