Tata Motors wants 100% renewable energy by 2030
Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors has stated that it wants its Lucknow facility to run on 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Keeping sustainable business practices at the core of its corporate philosophy, the company has implemented an Energy Management System (EMS), which has managed to significantly increase energy efficiency over the last four years.
The optimisation has produced notable results: 250 kWh of energy is now expended per vehicle, as opposed to 406 kWh - a 38% reduction.
Tata’s Lucknow plant will subsequently be proceeding to other forms of energy conservation, such as utilising more energy-efficient technologies during construction and automation, whilst also pursuing renewable energy options for power.
An ambitious improvement
The company’s actions at Lucknow reflect a broader strategy to try and reduce CO2 emissions, conserve energy and water and limit waste. Pramod Choudhary, Plant Head at Tata Motors Lucknow, described the changes as an ambitious improvement.
“Our Lucknow plant has always been cognizant of the need for energy conservation and has been steadily making progress towards attaining 100% renewable energy sourcing for all its operations by 2030.
“We have increased the share of renewable energy to over 16% in the last two years by installing 4MWp capacity Roof top Solar power plant in the plant premises,” he explained.
The breadth of Tata’s vision to overhaul every aspect of manufacturing has resulted in a 57% reduction in Lucknow’s non-working day energy consumption (from 33,000 kWh to 14,300 kWh)
Moving forward, Tata is considering increasing its usage of solar power, including solar powered heating, lighting and EV charging. The company is also diversifying its renewable energy interests to bio-gas.
Powering the future
Tata’s latest EV - the Nexon - was recently tested in a ‘grand electric tour’ to give customers and investors an insight into its capabilities.
With what the company calls an “anxiety-free range of 312 km” from a single charge, the car is less efficient than the Tesla Model S (range 630 km), yet it has apparently captured the attention of the Indian car market.
“Ever since its launch the Tata Nexon EV has generated a great amount of interest and excitement, resulting in an encouraging response for bookings across our dealerships,” said Ashesh Dar, Head of Sales and Marketing at Tata.
“One of the first cities to have dedicated policy for electric vehicles, Bangalore sets the perfect platform to kick start our experiential drive tour, enabling our potential customers and enthusiasts to get up, close and personal with the feature loaded Nexon EV.”
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.