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Maruti Suzuki Launches New Biogas Plant to Promote Sustainable Energy at Manesar Facility

In the fiscal year 2023-24, Maruti Suzuki invested INR 120.8 crores in renewable energy projects, including solar power and biogas.

June 11, 2024. By Abha Rustagi

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has launched a pilot biogas plant at its Manesar facility for the fiscal year 2024-25.

The plant will leverage in-house food waste and Napier grass to produce biogas, reflecting the company’s commitment to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s ‘Waste to Energy’ program.

In the fiscal year 2023-24, Maruti Suzuki invested INR 120.8 crores in renewable energy projects, including solar power and biogas. The company plans to quadruple this investment to INR 450 crores over the next three years, strengthening its environmental sustainability efforts.

The biogas plant is designed to generate 0.2 tons of biogas daily, with an expected output of about 1 lakh standard cubic meters in FY 2024-25, offsetting approximately 190 tonnes of CO2 annually. The plant operates on a zero-discharge model, utilizing food waste from canteens and Napier grass, with the residual organic manure being used in horticulture.

Maruti Suzuki's Managing Director and CEO, Hisashi Takeuchi, stated, “Energy is one of the critical inputs in the manufacturing process. As we ramp up our production capacity from around 2 million to 4 million by 2030-31, we are also accelerating our efforts to increase the share of sustainable and renewable energy sources across our operations. This is in line with Suzuki’s Environment Vision 2050 and Govt of India’s renewable energy focus."

Takeuchi further added, “We strategically invest in our existing and upcoming facilities to ensure they are environmentally sustainable by optimizing energy consumption, integrating renewable energy sources, implementing efficient waste management protocols, and conserving water resources. The learning from this pilot will be implemented at our upcoming world-class manufacturing facilities.”

In addition to the biogas initiative, Maruti Suzuki is also expanding its solar energy capacity at its Manesar and Kharkhoda facilities. The company increased its solar capacity to 43.2 MWp in FY 2023-24 and plans to add an additional 35 MWp over the next two years, aiming for a total solar capacity of 78.2 MWp by FY 2025-26. These efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #7, promoting affordable and clean energy.
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