carandbike.com reached out to a few players in the Indian automotive sector to understand steps taken at various levels of operations. These would include precautionary steps taken at the brand’s manufacturing plant, offices, dealerships, etc, to preserve water.
Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) plant in Oragadam, Chennai, conserves a daily 50,000 litres of water from its sewage treatment plant by using a decanter facility recently installed on its premises. The facility, which separates water from sewage waste, is mitigating water wastage and reducing water demand for RNAIPL’s industrial operations. Cumulatively, plant initiatives have enabled RNAIPL to conserve an estimated 5.76 lakh kilo litres of rainwater and 87 per cent of water saved.
Nissan India kicked off the eco-friendly car wash program in 2016.
On the other hand, Nissan customers helped reduce car wash water consumption by 45 per cent, by opting for the company’s advanced foam car wash technique instead of a traditional car wash. The foam wash initiative, a long-run initiative started by Nissan in 2014, has been provided across Nissan service centres nationwide.
In FY22, Tata Motors conserved a total of 9.24 lakh m3 of water through recycling effluent and rainwater harvesting, which is 19.7 per cent of total water consumption. The automaker’s plants located in Pantnagar, and Lucknow are examples of water stewardship as both plants recycle treated effluent for reuse. These plants have also spread awareness among village communities and recharged more than they consumed in the entire year through scientifically designed groundwater recharge structures within and outside the plant premises. Projects were undertaken throughout the year to reduce fresh-water abstraction by maximising recycling and minimising leakages.
The country’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India Limited achieves significant water savings at its workshops by adapting the dry wash initiative. The company saved over 1,000 million litres of water over the last few years, by using a dry wash system at Maruti Suzuki workshops to wash more than 10 million vehicles since 2016. In 2019, Maruti helped save maximum water to the tune of 160 million litres in major cities such as Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, and Chennai.
The top six cities – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, and Chennai – helped save maximum water of 160 million litres.
TVS Motor Company has a dedicated dashboard for accurate accounting of withdrawal and consumption of water at the Hosur manufacturing plant. This IoT system helps identify abnormalities in water consumption and ensures corrective actions are implemented immediately. S Devarajan, Senior Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, TVS Motor Company said, “At TVS Motor, rainwater harvesting is done through direct collection and reuse, percolation ponds, contour trenches, stormwater drain with recharge pits, and earth check dams. Today, the total quantity of rainwater recharged into an aquifer at the company’s Hosur manufacturing plant exceeds the total groundwater withdrawal in the one-rainfall year, which has led the company to achieve a 21 per cent reduction in specific water consumption during 2020-21.”
At Mercedes-Benz India, employees practice sustainability by integrating green practicing into their day-to-day life. The employees also play a pivotal role in preserving the ecological balance of plant premises which house 125 species of plants and animals. The company also practices zero discharge of wastewater to public drain, while maintaining the ecological balance of its plant premises which houses 125 species of plants and animals.
Along with the waterless cleaning solution, Mercedes also launched a slew of car care products.
Ashok Leyland, the second-largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India, has implemented several water conservation measures to maintain the ecological balance. Balachander N V, Chief Sustainability Officer, and President – CSR, Communication and Corporate Affairs said, “All Ashok Leyland plants feature low flow water systems and harvest rainwater. Also, wastewater is recycled to keep it out of landfills. Ashok Leyland is, now, a net water-positive company. The solar plant uses robotic cleaning technology for the cleaning of solar modules. Ashok Leyland has also taken up lake and river restoration projects in Hosur, Pantnagar, Alwar, and Bhandara. Madhakondapalli Lake’s restoration resulted in a 30,000 KL increase in water storage.” The company has also constructed 17 artificial rainwater harvesting ponds with a combined capacity of 2.54 lakh kilolitres.”
Hyundai’s Save Water Campaign encourages customers to opt for “Dry Wash” for their cars at Hyundai Service Centres, and each wash saves about 120 litres of water. Hyundai donates the water saved by the customers through the dry wash to drought-affected areas. In 2018, the company reached the milestone of planting one million trees inside the plant premises to maintain a zero-discharge policy. Hyundai also follows rainwater harvesting, and the Chennai plant has six ponds with a total capacity of 3.35 lakh tonnes.
Ashok Leyland has constructed 17 artificial rainwater harvesting ponds with a combined capacity of 2.54 lakh kilolitres.
Leading tyre manufacturer, JK Tyre has the lowest raw water use per kg of tyre manufactured in the world. With 55 per cent of its power requirement is met from renewable sources, and its carbon footprint is moderated by more than 50 per cent over time. It also claims to be one of the world’s greenest tyre companies, especially for its lower carbon footprint, declining raw water consumption per unit of production, greenhouse gas emissions, and power consumption. In its “Sustainability Targets 2030”, the company announced that it would increase the share of harvested rainwater in the overall annual use of water by 2-5 per cent every year over the next 10 years.
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