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Maruti Suzuki wins 'Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award'

Jun 19, 2009
  Maruti Suzuki wins 'Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award'
New Delhi, June 19, 2009
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the leader in Indian car market, has bagged the 'Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award' for adopting environment friendly technology in its products and processes.

The award was presented to the company by the World Environment Foundation during the recently organized 'Global Convention on Climate' in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

An eminent jury, under the Chairmanship of Justice P N Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and Member, United Nations Human Rights Commission, selects the winner. The criterion of the award was based on a product or service, which shows a quantum jump in the usage of current technology to achieve maximum customer satisfaction at a minimum cost.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. MM Singh, Managing Executive Officer (Production) Maruti Suzuki said, "We are committed to contribute to the cause of environment by constantly bringing in green technology into our products and processes. We are very happy that our efforts towards a greener environment have been recognized. This award will provide us with further fillip to explore and research for new avenues to go green."

Maruti Suzuki was short-listed for the award for two landmark initiatives taken towards reduction in the green house gas emissions throughout the life cycle.

First, the company launched K-series engines, that are ready for future emission norms,. This series includes engines that are compliant with BS-III, BS-IV norms (the currently applicable environment norms in India) as well as the Euro-V (for the European markets). These engines are highly fuel efficient while being very low on CO2 emission. The K series engines are used in the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Ritz as well as A-star in India. The A-star is exported as Suzuki Alto to the European markets. The Suzuki Alto is Euro-V compliant and has CO2 emissions as low as 103g/km.

Maruti Suzuki's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan has designed the K-series engines with an aim to play an important environmental role globally, by introducing Green Engine technology that is vital for reducing CO2 emissions and enhancing fuel consumption.

The KB engine plant at Maruti Suzuki's Gurgaon manufacturing plant is a masterpiece, boasting of energy efficient, environment friendly manufacturing facility.

The second initiative that helped Maruti Suzuki bag the award was the company's initiative to use specially designed double-decker railway rakes for dispatching cars as opposed to the conventional use of trailers. This, first of its kind initiative in India helps in transporting cars in highly efficient manner, at much lower costs and impact on environment.

The 'Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award' is given annually to the most innovative product satisfying the customers' long-term needs in a most cost-effective manner. This international certification is awarded to a company only when it demonstrates its commitment and compliance to environmental concerns; ensure quality, especially in terms of customer satisfaction; and taking adequate health and safety measures to contain risks and hazards to its workforce.

The World Environment Foundation (WEF) is one of the leading non-profit, non-governmental organizations solely dedicated to the improvement of the environment and the sustainable development.
Maruti Suzuki : Green Growth
Over the years, through sustained investment on environment friendly technology for both products and processes and in-house innovations, Maruti Suzuki has been able to bring down the per unit consumption of precious natural resources like power and water.

On every car manufactured by Maruti Suzuki, there is
20% reduction in energy (power) consumption compared to 2000-01
54% reduction in water consumption compared to 2000-01
All Maruti Suzuki production facilities at Gurgaon and Manesar are ISO 14001 certified. Maruti Suzuki was the country's first passenger car company to be certified for Environment Management Systems as per ISO 14001:1996 in 1999. The company has based its production operations on the principle of "Smaller, fewer, lighter, shorter and neater".

As a shared value system with its parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, this principle defines the environment friendly initiatives at Maruti Suzuki India.

While a full-fledged department co-ordinates environment initiatives, employees and partners contribute in promoting the 'Three R-s': Reduce, Recycle and Reuse so that stress on natural resources is minimal in the manufacturing processes.
Reduce
Reducing water use in Air Conditioning Plant:
Water use has been eliminated by introducing air-cooled condensers and closed cycle cooling towers in compressed air plant.

Reducing water wastage
One of the employee-driven initiatives is relentless focus on zero water wastage by following the simple principle of just-in-time water supply. Sensors at various water hoses, closets and wash areas have helped bring down water consumption.

Reducing consumption of raw paint: Multi axes painting robot have been introduced in the Paint Shop within the factory to increase the efficiency of paint transfer and thereby reduce the raw paint consumption. This also reduces the paint sludge (industrial waste) generated from the process.

Further, colour grouping technique adopted in the painting process has brought down the wastage and paint loss as well as reduced consumption of thinner for flushing out paint.

This has also helped in reducing the paint sludge generation and in turn the Volatile Organic Compound emissions into the atmosphere.

Reducing size of machines: 'Over sizing' is a major cause that brings in energy inefficiency. Rightsizing of equipment and tools is a critical driver in energy saving and the company has revisited the complete production processes for this initiative.

Reducing energy consumption: The shop floor and offices have been designed in such a way that abundant natural light is available throughout the day. Extensive use of translucent polycarbonate sheets on the side walls and roof help to reduce the dependence on artificial light sources.

Maximum use of solar energy in form of solar lamps and heaters helps in power conservation, while natural ventilators use wind energy as against electrical energy to keep the rooms cool.

Other measures to reduce energy consumption:
Increased use of energy efficient lighting systems (CFLs, T-5 lights)
Optimization of energy efficiency by installing common pumps for electrical efficiency
Installation of automated switch boards for shop floor lights/emergency lights
Reducing Noise Pollution: By installing 'noise curtains' in certain areas and creating enclosure for compressor, noise pollution has been minimised, providing better working conditions for employees in these areas.
 
Reuse

Waste Heat Recovery: As a first-of-its-kind initiative in manufacturing, the company is reusing waste gases for steam generation and use in the manufacturing process.
The company uses steam turbine to power compressors. Reuse of waste steam from these boilers has eliminated the requirement of electrical motors in the processes.

Reuse of packaging material: In order to reduce the wooden and cardboard waste, almost 100 per cent of the domestic components come in dedicated reusable bins and trolleys to the factory production lines.

Reuse of Waste: Sewage Treatment Plant sludge is reused in horticulture as manure

Recycle

The Maruti Suzuki plants in Gurgaon and Manesar reutilize the waste water generated. In fact, nearly 50% of the water demand of the plant is met by recycled water.

Rain Water harvesting: Recharging shafts and water lagoons help in recharging rain water in to the ground.

Incinerators: State-of the-art incinerators burn industrial wastes at high temperatures. The high temperature in the incinerator helps reducing environmental discharge of harmful gaseous waste

Secured Landfill Pits: Special landfills have been designed for storage of hazardous waste that cannot be incinerated to ensure that no hazardous material leaks from anywhere. Furthermore, these pits have been designed keeping in mind the properties of the waste so that chemical properties do not interfere with each other.