Manufacturing accounts for nearly 17% of India’s GDP and provides millions with employment in the country. This sector is connected in many ways to several other industries, helping India thrive as an economy. However, one of the biggest issues that the sector has had to deal with is its contribution to industrial pollution and environmental degradation.
Pollution has been making life difficult for everyone and the ill effects of global warming are becoming increasingly more visible, year on year. That has made faster adoption of greener manufacturing methods extremely important. This “greening” of manufacturing will entail companies using fewer natural resources, reducing pollution and waste, recycling and reusing materials, and minimising emissions in their processes.
Reducing Carbon Footprint
The quest for reducing a manufacturing plant’s carbon footprint always starts with reducing and eventually eliminating its dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Today, there are plenty of renewable power sources available to explore. At Kabira Mobility, we chose to take the solar route. Our entire organisation works on solar energy and this includes our three manufacturing plants that have a combined output capability of 78,000 electric vehicles (EVs) per month. We’ve even designed our infrastructure to ensure that we consume minimum power.
Efficient Waste Disposal
With large factories also comes the problem of waste disposal. There are plenty of eco-friendly methods available for the same. For solid waste management, recycling discarded materials can help companies reduce their environmental impact. Our R&D department is constantly at work, developing new and recyclable materials for EV development. Methods like composting, reutilisation of green waste, and forming hazardous waste sites, can also help make manufacturing plants “greener”.
Taking a responsible approach towards the environment is very important to us and that’s visible through our everyday practices. Water harvesting plants are present at all our manufacturing and administration units. They help us take full advantage of the tropical rains and also reduce our reliance on groundwater. We have also planted more than 3,500 trees around our three manufacturing plants. Recently, Kabira Mobility switched to using LiFePO4 cells in all their e-bikes instead of NMC batteries — not only do they have a longer life cycle, but also contain fewer hazardous chemicals.
Concerted efforts like these are direly needed in the manufacturing industry to minimise its carbon footprint. The rapid pace at which our planet is warming up has left us with little time to rescue our home from environmental decay. Hence, a renewed focus on eco-friendly manufacturing methods to be adopted by big manufacturers is required, and that too, as soon as possible.