Maruti Suzuki India Commences Pilot Biogas Plant at Manesar Facility

Maruti Suzuki India announced the launch of a pilot biogas plant at its Manesar facility for the fiscal year 2024-25, as part of a broader renewable energy initiative. The company plans to invest nearly Rs 450 crore over the next three years towards sustainable energy projects, aligning with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's 'Waste to Energy' programme.

In a statement, Maruti Suzuki revealed that it had already invested Rs 120.8 crore in the fiscal year 2023-24 for renewable energy projects, including solar power and biogas. This year’s investment represents a nearly fourfold increase, signaling the company's strong commitment to green energy.

The pilot biogas plant, designed to produce 0.2 tonnes of biogas daily, is expected to generate around 1 lakh standard cubic meters of biogas in FY 2024-25. This output will help offset approximately 190 tonnes of CO2 annually, significantly reducing the company's carbon footprint. The biogas produced will be utilized in the manufacturing processes at the Manesar facility, contributing to a more sustainable production cycle.

Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, highlighted the company's dual focus on increasing production capacity and enhancing the share of renewable energy. "As we ramp up our production capacity from around 2 million to 4 million by 2030-31, we are also accelerating our efforts to increase the share of sustainable and renewable energy sources across our operations", Takeuchi stated.

This initiative is part of Suzuki's 'Environment Vision 2050' and aligns with the Indian government's focus on renewable energy. The residual organic manure from the biogas plant will be used in horticulture, effectively making it a zero-discharge model.

Additionally, Maruti Suzuki expanded its solar capacity to 43.2 MWp (megawatt peak) in the fiscal year 2023-24. "The learning from this pilot biogas plant will be implemented at our upcoming world-class manufacturing facilities”, added Takeuchi.

Maruti Suzuki's renewable energy initiatives mark a significant step towards sustainable manufacturing and environmental responsibility, setting a benchmark for the Indian automotive industry.