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  • Writer's pictureAnustup Kundu

The Use of Green Energy in Operations by Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd is Still on the Rise

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL), an automobile manufacturer based in Oragadam, Chennai, has announced that it has primarily used green power for its operations during the second half of 2023, fulfilling its commitment to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2045. Between July and December 2023, the plant used over 85% green energy on average per month, reaching 100% green energy use in September 2023. To make cars, RNAIPL combines renewable energy sources from outside the company with energy produced internally. The three pillars that make up RNAIPL's roadmap to carbon neutrality are as follows. These three pillars include growing the proportion of green energy in the total mix, pursuing aggressive improvements in energy usage efficiency, and consistently implementing energy-efficient technology at its Oragadam plant. With plans to increase capacity to up to 14 MW in the coming years, RNAIPL has an in-house solar plant with a 2.2 MW capacity that feeds directly into the plant's power grid. Other green power is additionally obtained from outside Tamil Nadu suppliers. Tirunelveli and Coimbatore, two regions that are ideally situated to capture wind

energy, are the source of wind power. Furthermore, the Tirupur region's solar farms provide the energy. The energy portfolio of RNAIPL consists of a combination of government-supplied conventional power and renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and bagasse/cogen power. By 2045, RNAIPL intends to be entirely dependent on renewable energy sources. In terms of total energy mix, RNAIPL used more than 85% green energy on average between July and December 2023. RNAIPL accomplished a noteworthy milestone in September 2023 when it switched to 100% green power, with 49% of the total power coming from wind farms. Bagasse/cogen power accounted for nearly one-third of the power supply (30%), with the remaining power coming from solar power, including an in-house solar plant that supplied 3% of the total power needed for the month. Keerthi Prakash, Managing Director, RNAIPL, stated that as part of their ongoing commitment to lessening their operational impact on the environment, RNAIPL last year unveiled their detailed plan to become water-positive by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2045. Their most recent green energy achievement—using 85% green energy on average in the second half of 2023—showcases their steadfast commitment to sustainability. Their dedication lies in improving their environmental stewardship and making a positive impact towards a more sustainable future.

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