Using renewable energy to drive climate change action
Case study 08 AUG 2017
Solar power and the use of agricultural by-products as biomass fuel are transforming the carbon footprint of USL in India – and helping us meet our global commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
New solar panels at our Baramati and Nasik sites in Maharashtra, installed and operational within three months of initial planning, are now producing 1.2 megawatts of energy – enough to supply around 20% of the sites’ electricity needs. At the same time, we have adapted boilers at our Aurangabad Distillery that previously burnt coal so that we can use some of the biomass materials left over by farmers and our processes, including bagasse, rice husks and ground nutshell.
Through these initiatives, we have reduced carbon emissions overall at USL by 20,000 tonnes, or around 30%, compared with last year. We have also reduced waste to landfill by 50%, by eliminating ash from burning coal, and reduced the cost of producing steam by £3 per tonne or 20%.