JK Tyre & Industries Limited, a leading tyre manufacturer, has been recognised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for its sustainable manufacturing practices. The tyre maker has been making efforts to maintain its leadership in energy usage and this reduction in carbon footprints.
As part of the recognition,JK Tyre’s efforts have been recently conferred with two prestigious recognitions. The company’s tyre plant in Kankroli, Rajasthan won National Water Award for its exemplary efforts in water conservation taking a 3M approach to water conservation – Measure, Monitor and Management. The award was announced during the 14th CII National Awards for Excellence in Water Management 2020. JK Tyre’s Kankroli plant has the lowest water consumption in the world, in the Tyre Industry.
In addition, the company’s Chennai plant was recognised as Excellent ‘Energy Efficient Unit’ for the sixth consecutive time since 2015. Additionally, the plant also qualified for the recognition of ‘National Energy Leader’ during the 21st National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2020 Forum by CII.
Commenting on the recognition, Anil Makkar, manufacturing director – JK Tyre & Industries said, “JK Tyre has set industry benchmarks for its efforts towards carbon footprint reduction and judicious use of resources. Our effort to create an environmentally conscious organisation will help pave the way for industries to go green in the future. Both Kankroli and Chennai are special projects and receiving such prestigious recognitions for our efforts will further motivate us to continue in this path towards sustainable development. Our aim is to adopt and promote sustainable practices across our plants globally.”
The organisation says it has successfully provided a plethora of water saving solutions in its Kankroli plant. The Air Handling Unit has had a replacement from nozzle type to cellulose pad, to decrease water loss through evaporation. Additionally, rainwater harvesting points have been set up across 4 points in the plant, which has led to a decrease in lake water consumption from 620 KLD to 348 KLD and an increase in rainwater consumption to 13.6% of total fresh-water use.
The Chennai plant has effectively reduced the energy consumption by 11.6% that resulted into excellent cost savings in the span of three years. The plant has also achieved 13% reduction in total CO2-e emission intensity at 0.88 ton/ton of production. Additionally, the plant is using 57% of total power from renewable source of wind and solar.