Godrej Appliances, India’s leading player in the home appliances segment, received the prestigious “Green Factory Platinum” certification by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). This certification was awarded to Godrej Appliances’ manufacturing unit based in Mohali, Punjab. IGBC Green Factory Platinum is the highest recognition for any manufacturing company for its efforts towards developing an energy efficient, water efficient, healthy, more productive and environmentally friendly facilities.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Kamal Nandi, Business Head & EVP,
Godrej Appliances said, “We are extremely happy and proud to have received
this certification from a prestigious body like IGBC. This certification is a
testimony of the efforts put in by Godrej to be eco-friendly in all our
initiatives. Godrej is known as a pioneer and innovator in the field of
appliances for good and green products like CFC-Free Refrigerators, Greenest Air
Conditioners, energy efficient appliances and many others. We have been thought
leaders when it comes to Sustainability, for us
environment is a value that has been ingrained in our corporate DNA since our
very inception. We believe that it is our duty to be responsible manufacturers,
paving the way for sustainable manufacturing in the industry. The Godrej
Appliances Mohali Plant is a living example of this belief.”
Hussain Shariyarr, Manufacturing Head and Senior VP, shared, “Our manufacturing unit situated in
Mohali has taken the brand’s sustainability efforts to the next level, serving
as a model for sustainability excellence. A logical extension for getting green
building rating after being the first to get the platinum rating for our
processes, our Mohali facility is in true sense comprehensively ‘green‘, with
plant building and processes in place. It was the right time for the
certification as the location has added a new factory shed and is expanding its
production capacities. We are really proud of this new panorama of
Apart from the mandatory pre-requisites,
the evaluation was done on five environmental categories defined by IGBC which
included – Site Selection & Planning, Water Conservation, Energy
Conservation, Material Conservation and Indoor Environmental Quality & Occupational
Health plus one category of Innovation in Design.
The salient features that made Mohali
plant stand out were:
measures taken on soil erosion prevention & control with planned landscapes
and storm water flow system covering all the available 48% of green area.
access to basic amenities like canteen, washrooms, shower-rooms and first aid,
for all employees. Facilities were redesigned to be user friendly for
differently abled. Night sky pollution is reduced further by restructuring the
lighting in the campus.
harvesting (RWH) system designed to capture 100% of run-off volumes from roof
and non-roof surfaces with 11 rain water harvesting pits and a pond of 3606.75
non-process areas, usage of water is reduced by 38% with implementation of water
efficient fixtures. 100% water is recycled in the world class STP & RO
plant for reuse. The turf is limited to 3.6% of total area. Draught resistant
vegetation, efficient irrigation measures like use of drip irrigation in flower
bed and sprinklers in lawns led to reduction in water usage.
of energy efficient and non-CFC air-conditioning, metering and monitoring of
energy at multiple locations, use of energy efficient equipment like LED
lights, EE pumps, Solar PV, daylight panels, etc. in non-process areas, made the
factory energy efficient. A simulation confirmed that as per ASHRAE, in
comparison with base case, we are currently saving 20.54% of energy.
well-developed non-process waste collection, disposal mechanism and waste
handling systems are in place. The waste generated from construction activities
is reused effectively for various supporting structures. Even the material is
procured from nearby suppliers within a range of 300 kms for carbon footprint
conservation has been given a high prominence with the use of Certified Wood and
Rapidly Renewable Building material only.
in office areas and factory building is significantly improved with specially
designed louvers, turbo ventilators and forced ducts. Low VOC paints, green
housekeeping chemicals, use of high SRI material roof and high SRI exterior
paints are some of the measures taken for improving the air quality.
employees’ health in mind there is Yoga room, Breakout spaces, Open air gym
along with recreational room, football, volleyball & badminton courts for
aerobic and cardiovascular exercises.
innovative features like 24.32% inhouse generation of renewable energy, green programs
engaging occupants and public, going beyond boundaries to educate on green were
highly appreciated by accessors.
The Godrej Appliances Mohali Plant
which has been widely acknowledged as a model manufacturing entity, thoroughly
impressed the IGBC ‘Green Factory
Building’ Assessor, Dr. Shivraj Dhaka, who had the following to say: “More than a
factory, I found enriched Bio-Diversity in the campus, a supplement that
differentiated my experience of visiting an industrial unit.”