Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Krishnapatnam Port bestowed with the “Golden Peacock Environment Management Award”

Krishnapatnam Port bestowed with the
“Golden Peacock Environment Management Award”

Krishnapatnam Port, recognized as one of India’s largest ports and ranked amongst world’s finest ports connecting the Eastern & Western parts of the world, has been bestowed with the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award. The prestigious award, in recognition of Krishnapatnam Port’s initiatives and achievements in the field of environment, was presented by the Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to Mr. C Sasidhar, Managing Director – Krishnapatnam Port on 11th July, 2015 at the 17th World Congress on Environment Management & Presentation of Golden Peacock Awards function held in New Delhi.

The Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by the Institute of Directors, are presented annually under various categories. The winners of the Golden Peacock Awards for 2015 were finalised by a grand jury headed by Justice P. N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and the Chairman Emeritus of Golden Peacock Awards, Justice (Dr.) Arijit Pasayat, former Judge of Supreme Court of India and former Chairman of Competition Appellate Tribunal & Authority for Advance Ruling (Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax) and the Chairman of the Golden Peacock Awards. Golden Peacock Environment Management Award is the coveted and prestigious recognition given to the organisations which have attained significant achievements in the field of environment management.

Environment protection is at the heart of Krishnapatnam Port’s corporate governance and philosophy. Some of the green initiatives taken by the port include – plantation of over 20 lakhs trees within the port and more than 50,000 trees in the surrounding villages, installation of solar lights in the port and solar water heaters in the employee colony, establishing gas connections for villagers so as to discourage them from cutting of mangroves, adoption of Nellore town traffic islands and public buildings for maintaining greenery around the areas etc. The port has adopted Environment Health and Security program that encourages continuous improvement in environment protection and includes - waste management, pollution control, resource conservation, use of renewable resources etc.

Within the port, Krishnapatnam Port has electrified railway line network from all storage yards and as part of its sustainable strategy, thus leading to a reduction of carbon dioxide to the extent of 24935 tones and also reducing the diesel consumption of Railway engines and GHG emissions. Currently the port is in the process of electrifying all its cranes so as to reduce diesel consumption and moving towards solar and wind energy to reduce fossil fuel usage. The 4 R’s strategy adopted by the port helps in - Reduction in water requirements by adopting new technology called atomizers that has brought astonishing results, Reuse of water collected from guard ponds after wetting the yards, Recycling methods wherein 300 KL of domestic sewage is treated and recycled for green belt development and 400 KL of truck wash water is treated and recycled for dust suppression and Recharge by developing 12 no’s rain water harvesting ponds having total catchment area of about 5.26 lakh sq. m., harvesting and recharging ground water about 1.54 lakh. M3 per year.

Mr. C Sasidhar, Managing Director – Krishnapatnam Port said, “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. We strongly believe that the progress and welfare of society is not merely the responsibility of governments alone rather every organisation should contribute and be part of social welfare. We have created a socioeconomic atmosphere in Krishnapatnam that immensely benefited the surrounding inhabitants fostering sustainable growth”

“Going forward, our goal is to achieve sustainable development and maximize the positive impact by creating value for the society. We will continue to invest in education, skill promotion, job creation, health and safety programs, environment management that leads to overall economic development in the region” he further added.

Over the years, Krishnapatnam Port has taken considerable steps in maintaining and safeguarding environment not just around its own premises but also reaching out to the communities and nearby industrial region. Setting an example, the port has encouraged the surrounding areas and societies to adopt environment friendly and sustainable operations, thus achieving a healthy balance between environment protection and development of the region.

About Krishnapatnam Port

Krishnapatnam Port is one of India’s fastest growing seaports in India. It has emerged as a World-Class port with state-of-the-art, facilities and is fast becoming a port of choice for all international cargo originating from and destined to the Southern and Central India. Krishnapatnam Port is deep water all weather port with 365 days, 24x7 operations being developed on Build-Operate-Share-Transfer (BOST) basis in Public-Private Partnership mode between the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited promoted by C.V.R. Group.

The Greenfield port situated in the Muthukur Mandal of Nellore district, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is been developed in an area of 6,800 acres. It Commenced phase-1 operations in July 2008, handling bulk cargo comprising iron ore, coal, agri commodities, minerals, edible oil, fertilizers and project cargo. Currently the Phase II of development is under completion which also saw the container operations commencing in September 2012, apart from capacity enhancement in bulk and break bulk cargo handling capacity. Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal is poised to develop into a world-class Container Terminal by optimizing necessary land and sea-side infrastructure.

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The Shifting Trends of Global Energy Usage

The global demand for energy is growing exponentially year on year as countries develop and their populations increase. This requires new solutions to keep up with demand. These rapidly changing trends in energy usage are shaping the way we power our everyday lives. Despite this need for more energy resource, driven by growing economies in developing nations, the way we’re sourcing it has changed dramatically. This is largely due to the emergence of more efficient fuels and technologies. However, there are still issues which need addressing. By using a ‘global energy architecture’ to measure these shifting trends, the global community can provide advice to those countries that are still reliant on outdated methods and fossil fuel usage. The Energy Architecture Performance Index is a way of measuring how effective countries are in their energy production and usage. The infographic below provides an overview of emerging energy trends. It covers which countries are using them most effectively and offers an insight into the ways in which this is monitored.
The Shifting Trends of Global Energy Usage by Roof Stores.
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A look into the Future : New Generation mobility scooters

With 11.9million disabled people in the UK and the market numbers going through the roof, with a projected increase from £1.3 Billion in 2016 to £1.7 Billion by 2021, the mobility sector is not a small one, and technology companies, including some of the world’s biggest vehicle manufacturers, are starting to realise. As a result, more and more mobility concepts and starting to arise and in this piece, we’ll go through each of them and take a look at some of the latest technology that’s coming with them.
This piece will also look at the stats surrounding the mobility sector, who is actually using them and also bring to light how more needs to be done to keep mobility scooter users safe. 
Future Of Mobility Scooters
Future Of Mobility Scooters by Easy Pay Mobility.
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Eco-Labels Around the World [Interactive Infographic]

Eco-Labels Around the World [Interactive Infographic]
Eco-labels are often confused with environmental labels, defined as labels relating to the environmental performance. But, there are some differences. Eco-labels are a subgroup of environmental labels, and have their own specifications. They are granted by an independent third party, not influenced by the company who is seeking certification for its products. The product can be granted an eco-label only if it’s compliant with the criteria of the labelling scheme. Eco-labelling benefits Participation in the eco-labeling scheme is voluntary, yet there are many benefits of using them. The main advantage is that they provide recognition to the brand. Products with an eco-label are those which achieve higher standards of environmental protection within specific product category. Eco-labels are based on life cycle considerations, which means that all of the aspects of product’s life are taken into account. Eco-labels help customers, as well. An eco-label provides a straightforward message to the person standing in front of a product. They allow customers to make a greener choice and easily notice if a product is with an ecological advantage. Take a look at this interactive infographic to learn more about different eco-labels around the world.

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Countries around the world are coming up with creative ways to tackle the global issue of food waste, according to research conducted by kitchen specialists Magnet.

Greece leads the way in terms of minimum individual food waste, with an average 44kg of food wasted each year. The statistics are compiled from the Food Sustainability Index 2017, which was developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Centre for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN).

To highlight the importance of reducing food waste, Magnet have shone a spotlight on some of the individual efforts that have been made by organizations around the world.

In Greece, plans are in development to launch a smart food card in Heraklion. The initiative, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, will collect data from citizens’ shopping trips and tell them what items are in the fridge that have expiry dates coming up.

In Australia, each person wastes an average 361kg of food a year – the biggest amount out of all 30 countries listed. Nearly 90% of all tomatoes harvested in Australia are thrown away purely based on their aesthetics and could have otherwise been used.

Hayley Simmons, Head of Merchandising at Magnet, says of the research:

“We can already see that those initiatives that are creative and incorporate technology in their approach are proving to be the most successful at whittling down food waste numbers. It shows that by being more accessible, people feel more accountable for the food that they end up throwing away.

Something as simple as being more aware of expiry dates and resisting the urge to buy additional food when we have a fridge full is a small change that can have a massive impact.”

For more information on the research and to see more about what countries around the world are doing to combat food waste, visit the Magnet site here: https://www.magnet.co.uk/advice-inspiration/blog/2018/February/food-waste-around-the-world/

For more information on the Food Sustainability Index 2017, please visit: http://www.sustainability.eiu.com.

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The UK Energy Postcode Lottery

Energy Prices in the UK vary widely depending on where you find yourself living. This is due to a number of factors ranging from the supplier you have chosen to the demand for power in your area.
While currently, the Big Six energy companies (e.g. Npower, EDF, British Gas) control the majority of the market, there is a notable shift towards smaller to medium suppliers who offer more reasonable tariffs to their customers.
The rise of comparison sites has certainly had an impact. However, consumers themselves are becoming savvier to the questionable charges added to their bill amount. The energy postcode lottery may dictate who pays more, but there are always options to tip the scales in your favour.
This infographic explores the current UK energy market and investigates the methods being developed to bring energy costs down, and eco-friendly power sources into wider use.

The UK Energy Postcode Lottery by Roof Stores.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Classroom

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Classroom

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Girl from Maruti Suzuki supported school brings laurels in Board exam

Girl from Maruti Suzuki supported school brings laurels in Board exam
·         Annu Rathore from Government Senior Secondary School, Kasan, scores 97% in Humanities, tops Gurgaon district in Class XII

Gurgaon, 31 May 2018: Annu Rathore, a student from Government Senior Secondary School, Kasan, Manesar, a school supported by Maruti Suzuki India Limited, scored 484 out of 500 (97%) marks in the Haryana state class 12th board exam. A Humanities student, Annu has secured fourth rank in the state and topped the Arts stream in Gurugram District. She aspires to become an English lecturer and support her family.

The Government Senior Secondary School, Kasan is one of the government schools supported by Maruti Suzuki in Manesar. The Company works in the area of infrastructure development and overall learning level improvement. Interestingly, the schools’ score is much higher than the average result of Haryana state.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. A K Tomer, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, Maruti Suzuki India. said, “We are all proud of Annu’s achievement of topping the Arts stream in Gurugram district. She has braved many challenges to achieve this feat. My compliments to her school Principal, Shri Dilawar Deswal, teachers and of course, her parents. I’m confident that with hard work her dreams will be fulfilled.”

“School education is an important CSR intervention for Maruti Suzuki. Our focus is to improve overall learning levels of students in government schools, including the one where Annu was studying. Regular ‘need assessment’, interactions with students, teachers and parents has helped us in designing and undertaking relevant projects.” he added.

Maruti Suzuki’s intervention in the field of school education started in 2007-08 with infrastructure upgradation of Government schools in villages around the Company’s manufacturing plants. The Company works with 50 schools in Gurgaon, Manesar and Rohtak regions.

The key objective of the decade long school education program of Maruti Suzuki is to improve infrastructure and learning levels of students in government schools in the neighboring communities. 

As part of the school development programme, key focus areas in infrastructure include, constructing separate toilet blocks for boys and girls, drinking water facilities, development and maintenance of green areas, providing furniture like dual desks, blackboards installation of lights and fans and upgrading electricals fixtures.

Under learning-level improvement the Company partners with an expert agency to identify and provide qualified teachers, train and equip them with innovative teaching methods and technology. Additionally the Company provides reading material, books and literature for the students. Also, to check the progress of the students in these schools, Maruti Suzuki conducts pre- and post-assessment tests periodically.

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The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage

There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as results of global warming become more evident year on year. While you would struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system on your property – rooftop solar energy is available, affordable and on the rise. The global community is taking steps to ramp up renewable energy programmes. Solar energy is one of the most widely discussed due to its simple implementation. The ready availability and frequent technological advances make it one of the most viable options. Roof Stores has created this infographic to highlight the emerging trends in rooftop solar energy. Read on to find out how attitudes are changing, and which countries are leading the way.
The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage by Roof Stores.

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Maruti Suzuki innovations to reduce emissions and water use; cumulatively saves over 8.3lakh tonnes of CO2

Maruti Suzuki innovations to reduce emissions and water use; cumulatively saves
over 8.3lakh tonnes of
o   Next-Gen HEARTECT platform lowers CO2 emission between 6-8%
o   Over 8.3 lakh tonnes of  CO2 savings since 2008-09, through CNG / LPG / Smart Hybrid vehicles
o   Petrol and diesel engine driven compact cars achieve nearly 20% fuel efficiency improvement
o   In-house natural gas based power plant lowers carbon footprint
o   In-house 1MW solar plant compliments the environment care effort
o   6% lower water consumption per vehicle in manufacturing
o   1% lower CO2 emission per vehicle manufactured
o   Water saving: “Dry Wash” system used on nearly 3 million customer vehicles to save over 285 million litres of water

New Delhi, June 5, 2018: Maruti Suzuki India has introduced a series of innovations across its products and manufacturing processes that contain emission and lower water use.

The Company has saved an estimated over 8.3 lakh tonnes of CO2 emission over the past decade through introduction of CNG, LPG and Smart Hybrid vehicles.

Maruti Suzuki has been consistently achieving improvements in fuel efficiency in the conventional petrol engine and diesel engine vehicles. The efforts have led to nearly 20% fuel efficiency improvement in compact cars in both gasoline and diesel vehicles. This is achieved through focused innovations such as new generation platforms, friction reduction in drive train and improvement in drive-line losses.

The innovative next generation HEARTECT platform lowers the CO2 emission by 6-8% while offering superior performance and safety. Blockbuster models such as the Baleno, IGNIS, Swift and Dzire, built on the HEARTECT platform, are thus more efficient with superior performance. These models meet the advanced safety norms, leading to a win-win for customers and the environment.  

At its manufacturing facilities, Maruti Suzuki has reduced water consumption per vehicle manufactured by 6% in 2017-18, compared to the previous year. At the same time, there is a 1% reduction in CO2 emission while manufacturing every vehicle over the past year.

Reinforcing Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to the environment, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said, “Maruti Suzuki is working systematically to reduce vehicle emissions and the impact of manufacturing on the environment. The Company has been consciously introducing innovative technologies to make products environment friendly. Our innovative vehicle platform, HEARTECT, helps us to lower CO2 emissions between 6 to 8 per cent even as it enables us to offer a superior drive performance. Going forward, we will continue our focus on investing in new technologies and further bring down CO2 emissions per vehicle.”

He added, “As part of our effort to use renewable source of energy, in this fiscal we plan to install a 5MW solar power plant at our Gurgaon campus. At Manesar, our existing 1MW solar power plant will be complemented by an additional 0.5MW solar plant.”

Dry Wash to save water
Use of Maruti Suzuki’s Dry Wash system, saved a whopping 285 million litres water in 2017-18. Nearly, 3 million vehicles were cleaned using Dry Wash system in 2017-18. Maruti Suzuki uses the environment friendly Dry Wash system to conserve water, shorten wash time and improve final wash quality. Presently, 588 Maruti Suzuki workshops across 186 cities use the Dry Wash system.

Top 5 cities where Dry Wash is popular:
Number of vehicles undergoing dry wash (per annum)
Estimated volume of water saved with Dry Wash
(million liters)


Product designing
On product designing, Maruti Suzuki has developed the full vehicle virtual validation capability, which has helped to induce efficiency in the product development processes. This leads to reduced physical testing of vehicles. Such virtual validation techniques help to reduce carbon footprint.

Promoting Green value chain
Maruti Suzuki has a stringent Green Procurement Policy in place where in all partners are encouraged to align with Green Procurement guidelines. More than 85% vendor plants have already acquired ISO -14001 Certification and others are on course.

The Company will soon adopt International Material Data capturing system to study parameters like ASR (Automotive Shredder Residue), RRR (Reuse, Recycle and Recover) and substances of concern (like Pb, Hg, Cd, Cr) across all models so that prohibited substances can be identified and eliminated. This initiative will strengthen end of life system (ELV) for vehicles.

For exports Maruti Suzuki will align with the European Union system of classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances adopt VCI Packaging (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors) guidelines for packaging materials. By aligning with EU norms the disclosures on components will be comprehensive.

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Corporate Communications,
Maruti Suzuki India Limited,
1, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Ph: 91-11-4678 1000                Email: corp.comm@maruti.co.in
Twitter: @Maruti_Corp           Website: www.marutisuzuki.com

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