Godrej Sustainability Report

CASE STUDY 45 The recent acute water shortage in Chennai has fuelled concerns that a potential water crisis is awaiting India’s large cities, which are grappling with the pressures of rapid population growth, depletion of water resources and adverse effects of climate change. To ensure minimum impact of its operations on the environment, G&B initiates the water conservation procedure, 'Waste-Water Recovery', in 2018. The Godrej Interio plant in Chennai requires fresh water supply for various operations. The powder coating process being the most water consuming process. Therefore, to reduce/eliminate the use of fresh water, the output water of the ETP is treated through Reverse Osmosis (RO) procedure to increase the utilisation of recycled water. The recycled water is then re-utilised for pre-treatment process. This initiative has eliminated the need of fresh water for pre-treatment process. ETP and RO procedures enable the plant to recover 92 per cent of waste water for reuse. Lowered waste volumes decrease the cost associated with waste management and improve environmental performance. CASE STUDY Water Conservation And Plant Survival Rate Improvement Through Drip Irrigation For Godrej Appliances At Shirwal Godrej Appliances, the consumer durables division, is taking efforts to conserve water at its Shirwal plant, Maharashtra, through drip irrigation technologies. The project was initiated in 2017, the hill side area of approximately 6.2 hectares having more than 4,000 trees/plants was covered with drip irrigation. The procedure of drip irrigation has helped saved 60 per cent of the water used in this area by saving 24kL of water being saved every day. Due to this initiative, tree plantation survival rate has improved and has also contributed in saving 2 manpower. CASE STUDY With the objective of conserving water and reducing fresh water consumption, project of rainwater harvesting was initiated in 2013-14 and expansions/improvements were done on a Y-o-Y basis. A water body of rainwater harvesting (RWH) with a capacity of 1,88,347 kL was created in 2014 as a first step towards rain water harvesting initiative. After that, a bore- well was connected to capture overflow of the pond resulting in increase of total RWH capacity to 2,62,442 kL. Further, RWH was initiated on the roof top of Appliance Mohali’s new plant building and ware house as well. In the last couple of years, addition of eight new recharge wells has resulted in an increase of total RWH capacity to 5,41,255 kL thus achieving a recharge ratio of more than 1:1.8 times. Rain Water Harvesting At Mohali Plant Of Godrej Appliances Minimizing Fresh Water Requirement Through Waste-water Recovery