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|World Environment Day: Maruti Suzuki
CNG variants planned ; ELV and BS-IV compliance for full range
|New Delhi, June 05, 2009|
|India's leading car market, Maruti Suzuki reaffirmed the commitment on the occasion of the World Environment Day to further increase its focus on introducing Green technology in its products and processes. The company has already initiated various programmes in recent past that are directed towards environment care.
Giving an account of the these programmes, Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, "In terms of future technology that is still to come to India, newly launched Maruti Suzuki models A-star and Ritz meet the End of Life norms that are yet to be adopted in India. Progressively, we will make all Maruti Suzuki models ELV compliant by 2010". Compliance with ELV (End-of-Life) norms in Europe implies that the A-star and Ritz use ecologically harmful substances such as Chromium, Cadmium, Mercury and Lead, only within the permissible limits as per European standards, thus ensuring re-cyclability of material.
With the Ritz launch in May09, Maruti Suzuki became the first car company in India to launch a car that conforms to BS-IV emission norms, ahead of applicable date. BS-IV norms will come into effect in April 2010. The company is now working to make other cars in its range BS-IV emission norms compliant. The A-star launched in Europe as 'Suzuki Alto' is marketed strongly on its environment friendliness and has been a huge success.
Earlier, the company had introduced K-series engines as part of its commitment to take the engine technology in India to next level. The K-series engines currently power Ritz and the A-star. Suzuki has designed these engines with an aim to play a crucial environmental role globally. The company feels that introducing Green Engine technology is vital for reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The export version of A-star known as 'Suzuki Alto' in Europe, has CO2 emissions as low as 103g/km as against current limits of 130 g/km .
In addition, the company's R&D is currently working on a definite road map for CNG run vehicles. "Our initiatives for non-conventional clean fuel will take a step further in the coming times with factory fitted CNG options on several models", Nakanishi said.
Maruti Suzuki was first car manufacturer in India to launch LPG as alternate fuel option in cars. Company's Maruti 800, Omni and WagonR come with dual fuel (LPG-cum-petrol) variants. Earlier, the company had also offered CNG fitted cars for some period. Maruti Suzuki has sold over 2 lakh vehicles fitted with alternative fuels LPG and CNG, thereby contributing significantly for greener society.
|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
|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.
|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:
|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.|
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
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.