Mahindra’s story of action
A growing number of companies are going all in for halving emissions by 2030. The We Mean Business Coalition spoke to Indian cement maker Mahindra, to find out how they are taking climate action.
The Mahindra Group is actively working towards science-based emission reduction targets and striving to be carbon neutral by 2040, becoming India’s first carbon– neutral manufacturing facility.
To achieve these targets, we are implementing energy efficiency measures, renewable energy and clean transportation projects at scale. Today we have India’s first certified carbon-neutral factory and can say we are the first company in India to double energy productivity. We have reduced the energy used to produce each vehicle by 67% over 8 years, and 25 of our locations have been certified as Zero Waste to Landfill. Over a period of six years, this has cut emissions by more than half.
In 2021, The Mahindra Group reduced total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 7% compared to 2020. Some of the ways we have done this include; cold testing engines (testing without running the engine or using fuel), reducing engine re-resting and reducing forklift movements, as well as using biogas generation from food waste and using Karanja oil as biodiesel. We also commissioned two new solar installations that increased our renewable energy consumption by 19% compared to last year.
The challenges we are facing is to include the adoption of viable green technologies such as green buildings and micro-irrigation, the scaling of clean hydrogen, green steel and electric vehicles and the technologies we need to solve problems such as better batteries, flexible solar and material efficiency.
We know we must go further to reach our goals, and what is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5ºC. In 2030, our aim is to be a hugely energy efficient, clean transportation company using only renewable energy, sending no waste to landfill, harnessing more water than we consume, working across the value chain. We are doing everything to reach these goals. We’re all in for 2030.