Bridgestone India Commissions Carbon Neutral Biomass Boiler Plant at its Pune Manufacturing Facility
Tyres manufacturer Bridgestone India has commissioned a carbon-neutral biomass fuel based boiler plant at its Pune manufacturing facility.
September 07, 2021. By Manu Tayal
This initiative is part of the Bridgestone Group’s worldwide commitment to reduce its absolute CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.
Further, the plant has been built in collaboration with Thermax Onsite Energy Solutions Ltd (TOESL) and uses carbon-neutral Biomass briquettes made from agricultural waste.
The estimated steam generation with this Boiler would be 1,23,236 tons per year at full capacity and considering this steam generation, the estimated CO2 reduction would be 19,396 tons/year.
The boiler plant caters to the current steam requirements at the Pune plant, and the steam has been utilized in tyre curing process to provide heat energy to stimulate chemical reaction between rubber compounds and other materials in order to give tyres their final shape.
Commenting on the development, Parag Satpute, Managing Director of Bridgestone India, said “we at Bridgestone are committed to help ensure a healthy environment for the future generations. This boiler plant is the third in Bridgestone’s global operations and the first in Bridgestone’s EMIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) region and we are proud of this achievement. Reducing CO2 emissions is an essential step of our global sustainability strategy and with this plant, we will save 0.157 Ton CO2 for every ton of steam produced. This will also result in annual savings of Rs 6.9 million as compared to conventional energy usage. We are glad to have a reliable and expert partner such as Thermax Onsite Energy Solutions supporting us in this venture.”
Besides, the company’s both plants at Pune and Indore supplement their energy requirements through the use of solar power. The two plants currently have an aggregate of 6.72 MW of solar power installations.
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