India has made ambitious commitments in the Paris Climate Accord and organizations such as Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) are putting their best foot forward to ensure that the goals are met. EESL and M&M Ltd., part of the USD 19 billion Mahindra Group, announced that they have collaborated for a LED replacement program with energy efficient (EE) alternatives across Mahindra’s 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 6 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 program EESL will enable Mahindra to manage its energy needs efficiently and affordably.
Mahindra became the first company in the world to commit to doubling energy productivity by 2030. It has also committed to invest $10 per ton of carbon emitted in technologies to reduce its carbon footprint. The partnership with EESL will go a long way in fulfilling these commitments.
Roping in Employees
During World Environment Month this year (June 2017), Mahindra launched the UJALA Scheme, in collaboration with EESL, to take energy efficiency to the homes of its employees across India. Under the special UJALA Scheme the employees could buy energy efficient tube lights, bulbs and fans at a competitive offer price. The UJALA Scheme received an overwhelming response from more than 20,000 employees. Similar positive response has been received from hundreds of Mahindra’s suppliers and dealers.