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HCCB’s Sanand factory one of nine factories to bag IGBC gold certificate
Friday, 12 April, 2019, 13 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd’s new factory in Sanand, Gujarat, has bagged the gold certificate from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The Sanand factory is only one of nine gold-certified green buildings (factories) amongst the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods)/food industrial facilities in India.
The factory, a fully digital facility, became operational in mid-2018. It is also the only factory run by HCCB, which employs over 40 per cent women.
Green buildings are defined as those which use less water, optimise energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, generate less waste, and provide healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to conventional buildings.
The gold certification to the Sanand factory was based on an assessment of the site in the categories of sustainable site, water conservation, energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, material conservation and innovation.
Initiatives such as prevention of soil erosion, group transportation and shuttle services, on-site solar power generation and effective usage, rainwater harvesting, reuse of wastewater, vehicle charging facility, and several others, have been undertaken at Sanand to develop it into a green site.
Commenting on the recognition, Dinesh Jadhav, executive director, supply chain, HCCB, said, “We are certainly happy that our factory in Sanand has got into the list of a handful of facilities, which are recognised green. Being a greenfield site, there was an opportunity for us to be very diligent about building this factory. We kept sustainability and environmental resource minimisation at the very core of factory design. There is more work happening at this factory and this recognition will only encourage us to hasten the green work.”
Some of the initiatives that HCCB undertook at Sanand factory, right from the beginning, are as follows:
?    Soil erosion prevention and controls, maintained during the project phase
?    Landscaping in excess of 20 per cent at the site
?    Charging points for four-wheelers and two-wheelers provided in the parking area to promote use of electric vehicles
?    Water conservation system for harvesting and storage of rainwater
?    Two rainwater-harvesting ponds of 900cu m each and percolation wells to capture 1,683cu m of water
?    Low-flow water fixtures in all washrooms
?    Only 14.3 per cent of turf lawn in the factory, to minimise the water usage
?    One hundred per cent treatment of non-process wastewater generated
?    Maximising usage of LED fixtures
?    Use of solar tubes to bring in more sunlight deeper into plant areas, thereby reducing electrical loads during the day
?    Installation of 101KW solar PV at the parking area. Installation of 897KW rooftop solar PV is now being undertaken
?    Creation of a driver management centre, including training of drivers and rest areas for comfort with well-designed wash facilities
?    Shuttle services for employees
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