ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India certified as ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ operations
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India certified as ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ operations – ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (ŠAVWIPL) achieves yet one more sustainability milestone with ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certification by TUV Nord, a worldwide inspection, certification, and testing leader.
The company that represents the passenger vehicle brands of Volkswagen Group in India including ŠKODA, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, accomplished the feat a year early before its initial target by achieving a 98.42% diversion rate and a wastage of but 1.10 kg per vehicle. Furthermore, SAVWIPL aims at being a carbon neutral firm by 2025 under the Volkswagen Group’s ‘GoToZero’ initiative.
Zero Waste to Landfill – SAVWIPL
Commenting on the occasion, Gurpratap Boparai, director, SAVWIPL said, “Zero Waste to Landfill is simply a beginning and compliments our ambition of a sustainable manufacturing footprint with net-zero environmental impact. We are working to minimize environmental impacts along the whole lifecycle for all our products and mobility solutions – from staple usage to finished products – so as to stay ecological balance and to make positive impacts in our lifestyle while offering customers advanced mobility solutions through our 5 passenger vehicle brands.”
Zero waste to Landfill means zero manufacturing waste is disposed of to landfill or to incineration without energy recovery by the location, except where local legal requirements specify that regulated wastes must be disposed of during a landfill. The hazardous waste data, its process of recycling, reuse, and reduce without landfill process at the company’s manufacturing operation at Aurangabad and Pune achieved an overall 98.42% diversion rate (platinum category) as per TUV India’s Zero Waste to Landfill’ (ZWL) methodology and certification guideline. TUV Nord is one of the world’s largest inspection, certification, and testing organizations for industrial self-control, providing independent, neutral, third-party certification.
Key sustainable manufacturing practices adopted by SAVWIPL include:
Considering water to be one of the foremost natural resources, SAVWIPL has put tons of effort so as to avoid the wastage of water in any form. With these efforts, the group’s Pune & Aurangabad facilities are now Zero Liquid Discharge sites where conservation projects to scale back evaporative losses are being implemented. Alongside that, SAVWIPL is functioning with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) for a Water Shed Management Project in Latur, Nippad, Gulani villages conserving 220,000 m3 of water.
In 2018, the organization inaugurated its first major Solar PV installation with a capacity of 980 KW, at its manufacturing facility in Aurangabad followed by an 8.5 MWh plant at its Pune Facility in December 2019. The combined technical capacity of installations at Aurangabad and Pune stands at 9.4 MWp, saving on the brink of 10,000 plenty of CO2 emissions annually. the organization aims to extend the capacity of solar energy plant to 30% of total energy consumed by 2021 and work towards net zero carbon production by 2025 by re-review our energy mix and therefore the choice to derive non-electricity through Bio Gas, waste heat recovery, and a further reduction in Specific Energy Consumption to realize Carbon Neutrality in our production network by 2025.
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, at its Pune plant, planted around 23,000 trees. Further, the group had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (MMBCF), to plant over 450,000 mangrove facilities towards the restoration of degraded mangrove forests in Alibaug, coastal town of Raigad, Maharashtra.
The group also opened Aurangabad’s first Oxygen Park in Shendre in December 2019. The strategically located park has over 15,000 densely planted facilities and trees, with the potential to sink high levels of CO2 emission emerging from the economic belt within the region.
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