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Suzuki Motor began to purchase solar and wind power from a local renewable energy provider, ReNew Power for its Gujarat plant. This move is expected to reduce about 6% of Japan’s carbon dioxide emissions.
To achieve carbon neutrality, Suzuki will increase the use of electricity from renewable energy sources at its automobile plants in India.
In May 2022, Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), an Indian subsidiary of Suzuki, became the first Suzuki Group company to procure electricity from renewable energy sources by utilizing the Off-site Corporate PPA scheme, in which SMG purchases electricity from power generation facilities installed outside SMG premises.
The power generation facility, which is a hybrid of wind power and solar power (generation output: 17.6MW), was installed exclusively for SMG by ReNew Power Private Limited, a major renewable energy company in India.
With this initiative, SMG expects to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 59,000 tons per year. Plus, the solar power generation facility installed by SMG on its premises in 2018 generates 0.5MW.
Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has been using electricity from renewable energy sources since 2014 when it installed a solar power generation facility on the premises of its Manesar Plant.
In September 2021, MSIL expanded the solar power generation facility (20MW) on the premises of the Manesar Plant, increasing the generation output to 26.3MW. With this expansion, MSIL expects to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20,000 tons per year.
In the mid-term management plan, Suzuki aims for “zero” CO2 emissions from production in 2050. We will continue to reduce CO2 emissions by expanding the use of renewable energy, promoting energy conservation, and implementing daily improvement activities.
Suzuki had previously installed 500 kilowatts of solar power capacity at Gujarat’s plant in 2018 and increased solar generation at Haryana’s production site to 26.3 MW in September 2018.
India is Suzuki’s largest market and accounted for approximately 60% of its four-wheeled vehicle production worldwide last fiscal year. This will make India a crucial part of the automaker’s efforts to decarbonize. The company plans to reduce emissions per vehicle by 25% by fiscal 2025 compared to fiscal 2016.