HUL’s Sumerpur factory wins ‘National Energy Conservation Award’

The President of India applauds our Sumerpur team for their commitment towards energy conservation.

Hindustan Unilever’s Sumerpur factory has shown determined commitment to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Its efforts to significantly reduce energy consumption have now been recognized by the Government of India.. 

Our Sumerpur factory won the National Energy Conservation Award 2013 (second prize in the soap & detergent sector) at an awards ceremony that took place on 16 December 2013. Mr Hardev Singh, Sumerpur Factory Manager accepted the award on behalf of the company at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi from the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Also present at the awards ceremony was Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Power. 

One of the key projects our Sumerpur factory pursued to reduce energy consumption in 2013 included the replacement of all old motors with energy efficient motors. This helped save 5,67,566 KWH of power which is equivalent to power consumed by the whole factory in one month. The factory saved another 3,16,305 KWH of energy by replacing the reciprocating compressor with a screw compressor and 40,824 KHW by replacing the chiller compressor with a scrolled air cooled compressor.

Apart from investing in hardware changes, the factory also focused on reducing batch cycle time, decreasing motor rating, reducing consumption of furnace oil used for steam in production. The Sumerpur factory also saved energy by using a skylight for lighting the shop floor. 

Our first Sumerpur unit was started in 1989 for manufacturing detergent bars through two cascades. Over the past two decades, the unit has become the second largest Home Care site and the lowest cost factory in our portfolio. It can be credited for pioneering some breakthrough Kaizens, low cost automation, and having the only flexible cascade across Unilever which can make all kinds of detergent bars.

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