Solar power system at Bawal plant signals a new era for BD in India
Integrating renewable energy into operations is an important factor of the BD strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Company is building a portfolio of projects, including renewable energy credits (RECs), solar installations and other power purchase agreements, such as wind.
Signaling a sustainable future in manufacturing, the BD plant in Bawal, Haryana in India installed a 130 KW rooftop solar power system. With a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of energy consumption using renewable energy, this landmark installation was inaugurated on January 19, 2016.
Varun Khanna, Managing Director, BD - India and South Asia commented, "This initiative is all about our future. I'm confident that our solar energy commitment will be a critical source of inspiration in the years to come. As solar continues to grow in a way that benefits everyone, we are excited to move a step forward into a more sustainable future."
Applauding the efforts, Sunil Mittal, Plant Manager – BD India further added "This project is an example of our commitment to sustainable operations and also supports the global efforts to reduce our carbon foot print."
This solar power system has been installed as a part of a power purchase agreement and will generate an average of 200,000 kWh annually for the next 20 years, resulting in an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 122 metric tons which will be equivalent to taking 15 cars off the road or planting almost 3,000 trees. After successfully achieving four out of five sustainability targets set five years ago, BD has committed to a series of new and more far-reaching sustainability goals for the year 2020, including a goal to obtain 50% of the Company’s total energy used in manufacturing from renewable sources.
Commenting on this inauguration, Travis Anderton, Global Director, Sustainability and Property Protection - Office of Global Sustainability said, "This project is another example of the great work Bawal is doing to improve infrastructure reliability and support BD's sustainability initiatives."
The Bawal facility uses manufacturing techniques of international standards and produces products recognized around the world, including disposable needles, syringes and catheters.