P&G India sets up solar plant at its manufacturing site in Hyderabad

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FMCG major Procter & Gamble (P&G) has commissioned a solar plant at its manufacturing site in Hyderabad, India.

This is P&G’s only the fifth manufacturing site globally to commission in-house solar plant. Spread over 16,000 square meters and comprising nearly 3,000 panels, the in-house solar plant has a capacity of one Megawatt clean energy production and will reduce the company’s carbon footprint by an estimated 1,030 tons annually.

“Increasing our use of renewable electricity and improving energy efficiencies is a critical part of our sustainability journey. We are taking a more deliberate approach to develop and adopt more efficient ways to operate. By commissioning new in-house solar plant, we are making strides to advance progress against these goals,” Sachin Sharma, Plant Head, Hyderabad manufacturing site, P&G India, said.

All sites of Procter & Gamble in India are zero manufacturing waste to landfill. In 2020, the company achieved 100 per cent recycling of multi-layered plastic waste.

P&G is committed to reducing footprint and is striving for more circular approaches in its supply chain. “We are building partnerships with external organisations, in India, like Circulate Capital, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and waste management organisations to find sustainable business solutions,” Sachin Sharma said.

In 2019, P&G announced vGROWEnvironmental Sustainability Fund of Rs 200 crore to invest in sustainable solutions with partners and suppliers.

The Hyderabad site is P&G’s largest manufacturing plant in India focused on producing its fabric care brands Ariel and Tide, personal care brand Gillette and baby care brand Pampers.

According to a recent report by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Telangana has exceeded renewable energy target.

The installed capacity in 2017 in Telangana was 1,286.98 MW and it touched 3,291.25 MW in 2018, moved up to 3,592.09 MW in 2019 and then 3,620.75 MW in 2020.