HCCB Increases its Clean Energy Capacity to Meet 50% of Electricity Requirement

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) said that it has ramped up its renewable and clean energy capacity to meet 50 percent of its total energy requirements through clean sources, reported PTI.

February 20, 2021. By News Bureau

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) said that it has ramped up its renewable and clean energy capacity to meet 50 percent of its total energy requirements through clean sources, reported PTI.

While stating about the positive impact of the move, HCCB said, quoted PTI that, “The milestone is in sync with the company’s plan to reduce its carbon emissions 25 percent by 2030 from a 2015 base year.”

The step taken in this direction will result in a consolidated impact, which is equivalent to a reduction in global warming achieved by 35 lakh trees per year.

Through this the company is expected to offset 46,500 tonnes of carbon emission per annum by using solar and wind energy, and 30,000 tonnes of CO2 by using biomass fuel in its boilers, said the media report.

Commenting on the development, HCCB Executive Director, Supply-Chain Alok Sharma said, quoted PTI that “this is a significant milestone in our journey towards a sustainable future. At HCCB, we believe that investing in renewable energy is not just good for the planet, it’s a business imperative as well.”

He further said, “We are aware of our responsibility and excited about the potential that exists in our system to drive renewable energy into the manufacturing supply chain.”

With this HCCB’s total installed annual power generation from renewable sources of energy has increased from 70 million units in 2019 to the current level of around 95 million units. The company at present, is using 50 percent of energy from renewable and clean sources in eight out of its 15 factories.

With company kick starting several initiatives, including conversion of furnace oil boilers to Piped Natural Gas (PNG), use of briquettes – made out of agricultural waste like groundnut and coconut shells – to power boilers, and installations of solar rooftops for on-site power generation, it is right on track towards a sustainable and energy-efficient infrastructure.

HCCB said it has also entered into Purchase Power Agreements (PPA) for sourcing wind and solar power through various state grids, adoption of energy-efficient technology and progressively replacing traditional bulbs and light sources in our factories with LED lights.

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