ABB India achieves approximately 82 per cent reduction in its own GHG emissions across all manufacturing locations

ABB India achieves approximately 82 per cent reduction in its own GHG emissions across all manufacturing locations

  • Primary reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions over 2019 baseline
  • RE100 (renewable electricity) realisation and usage of greener energy sources major contributors
  • Five ABB locations across India – Nelaman­gala, Peenya, Maneja, Nashik, and Faridabad – certified as “Green Factory Buildings” by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
  • These sustainability milestones contribute to­wards ABB’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and are aligned with India’s net-zero emission targets

On February 9, 2023, ABB India announ­ced that its sustainability initiatives have cumulatively led to an 81.6 per cent reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions versus its 2019 baseline. This has been primarily aided by the investment in renewable energy sources and the realisation of RE100 across its five manufacturing locations. In the process, all five ABB India owned manufacturing locations in the country have been certified as “Green Factory Buildings” by the Indian Gr­een Building Council (IGBC) after a rigorous evaluation of multiple parameters such as innovation in design, environmental categories, re­so­urce conservation and indoor environment quality. The company has also enhanced water recyclability by approximately 12 per cent versus the 2019 baseline and aims to become water neutral/positive across all locations by 2025. Currently, the company recycles nearly 95 per cent of the waste generated across all its facilities to realise the company-wide long-term sustainability targets of zero waste to landfill.

Without disrupting its ongoing operations, ABB India implemented energy-efficient and innovative solutions in a phased manner across its decades-old locations pan-India making these locations more sustainable. The realisation of its RE100 global commitment to elimina­te Scope 2 GHG emissions from its operations was achieved with the utilisation of renewable electricity. It included green power utilisation from in-house solar panels, green power purchase from third parties through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and procurement of International Renewable Energy Certificates (IRECs). Catalysing this green transformation, ABB deployed over 5,000 of its own sustainable technology-led products at multiple sites. Other key ABB sustainable solutions deployed across its locations include AI-enabled building auto­ma­tion technology, energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning solutions (highest-rated energy-efficient motors and drives), and measurement analytics products.

“We have been making concrete efforts towards achieving the 2030 sustainability goals. Double-digit reduction of our own GHG emissions, the realisation of RE100 and Green Factory Building certifications for all our manufacturing locations are significant milestones in our journey towards sustainability. They rea­ssu­re us of the positive impact we can make towards creating a resource-efficient and low-carbon future,” said Sanjeev Sharma, country head and managing director, ABB India.

With its global 2030 sustainability strategy, ABB is actively enabling a low-carbon society as well as working with its customers and suppliers to implement sustainable practices across its value chain and the lifecycle of its products and solutions. Recently, the company was also recognised as the “Pioneer in large-scale adoption of green factory buildings” by IGBC. ABB’s Nelamangala campus has been certified “Wa­ter Positive” by The Energy and Resources Ins­titute. The company’s performance has also been rated as “Strong” in the environmental, so­cial and governance (ESG) risk assessment by CRISIL for its multiple ESG initiatives.