A few degrees might not sound like much, but it makes a big difference to the future of our planet. To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050 – and meet the commitment made in the United Nations’ Paris Agreement on climate change – we need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions rapidly. Achieving this ambitious target will only be possible if governments and companies embrace this challenge as an opportunity to drive innovation and explore visionary ideas.
With an aim to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations, in the last quarter of 2018, Henkel India's Chennai plant adopted the proven group captive power transfer model to purchase wind energy.
The site's electricity requirements are now entirely met by wind power, purchased on open access from wind turbine generators, commissioned by a special purpose vehicle of Continuum Wind Energy with whom Henkel has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA).
This endeavor, besides being a huge step towards achieving Henkel's sustainability targets, is also cost effective. With this green power initiative, the Chennai Plant has become the first Henkel location globally to sign an off-site PPA for 100% renewable power.
Kurkumbh Manufacturing site
The Kurkumbh manufacturing site of Henkel India is designed to have the least possible environmental impact and makes use of renewable energy sources as much as possible. Energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting, smart motion sensors and natural lighting have also been implemented.
The site has taken a giant step towards the sustainability goal by signing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a service provider for generating electricity from roof top solar panels. These solar panels that generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year; thereby, helping us reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions by approximately 800 tons every year. This initiative is expected to cater to about 15-20% of the site's power requirement.