Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our manufacturing
In 2016, we have reduced CO2 emissions per tonne of production by 49% compared to 2008. This reduction has been achieved through initiatives such as enhanced usage of biomass based fuels, installation of equipment for utilization of process waste from factories like spent coffee, tea etc. and use of hot air generators.
We achieved 16% increase in share of renewable energy in 2016 compared to 2008. Use of biogenic fuels, installation of biogas plants at five factories and use of solar thermal systems at various units led to this increase in share of renewable energy.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport
We have implemented innovative techniques in reducing the miles our products travel to reach the market. We have re-designed our networks and increased direct despatch from factories to customers in 2016 reducing the distance travelled by 2%.
We regularly review our road transportation to identify where we can increase efficiency, such as ensuring optimal load fill that reduced the number of trucks used during the year and reduced the CO2 emissions for ice creams by another 2%. We further reduced our CO2 footprint in warehouses by 10% by re-designing our networks and through installation of LEDs in our distribution centres.
All of these initiatives combined together led to overall reduction of 750 tonnes of CO2 in 2016.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration
We have continued to roll out environment friendly freezer cabinets that use hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants. There are currently 55,000 freezers with HC technology in our fleet in India.
Reduce energy consumption in our offices
Some of the energy reduction initiatives in our offices include installation of solar panels on terraces to provide electricity to office area and power to streetlights; replacing conventional street lights with LED lights; retrofit fluorescent lamps with LED lamps and pull cord switches for office lighting; and application of cool roof paint to reduce the penetration of heat into the air conditioned offices. These initiatives have helped in reducing electricity cost and making our offices environment friendly.
Reduce employee travel
Video conferencing and tele-presence facilities were effectively implemented to ease travel requirements of our employees thereby reducing the impact of employee travel on the environmental footprint. In 2016, over 4,000 meetings were held making use of tele-presence facilities.